"Gunner's" trainer's (J-Lee Kennel, Sandi Clement)
web-site entitled "WHAT BREED IS THAT? MEET
THE KING SHEPHERD":
What a beautiful and totally amazing pup has crossed
our path. Gunner, a King Shepherd, is a breed
that you probably have never heard of before.
Somewhere back in time I remember a reference to a
"King" Shepherd but didn't realize it was a breed
unto itself. I had assumed it was someone
referring to a larger than normal German Shepherd.
Bruce Fogle DVM writes in his book, "The
New Encyclopedia of the Dog":
This is a large, solid, well muscled dog. As
its ancestry suggests, it is meant to be a
hardworking, biddable, obedient breed with an easy
gait and plenty of stamina. This is a
courageous watchdog, yet it should be gentle with
family members. The breed standard calls for
an air of "self-confidence and natural nobility."
From what I have seen of Gunner so far he will
definitely live up to his ancestry. He has to
be one of the most confident and obedient pups that
I have seen in a long time. The total
attention that he pays to his 'Mom', Linda, is just
amazing. Puppies that young very seldom have
that much attention span, let alone the desire to
please that is so evident in this young dog.
One story that Linda told me happened when Gunner
was about four months old. Her husband leaves
for work very early in the morning and Linda starts
her day a little later. Gunner who normally
waits for Linda kept running into the bedroom trying
to get her up. Deciding that he needed to go
out pretty badly she follows him out of the bedroom.
When they get to the living room she sees that the
door had been left wide open - he didn't need to go
out - he was trying to let her know something was
wrong, that door should be closed.
One of mine would have been out that door and seeing
what the neighbors were having for breakfast!
Yet this pup already had the sense of something
needing to be fixed - and he also knew how to make
Now approximately seven months old he is starting to
get a little head strong and independent, but even
so he takes to his lessons well. We will be
featuring Gunner again soon to see how he is
developing physically and to follow is training -
are you working him Linda?
information on the King Shepherd take a look at the
It is loaded with pictures and all types of
information concerning this breed. Look for
Bustah, the sire of Gunner, and Chelsea his dam.
Bustah appears to be the 'King' of the King
Shepherd, as Linda says, his titles too numerous to
Gunner at 12 weeks!
Happy Spring! We are glad to say goodbye to all the
snow we've had this winter, although it's been fun
getting out with Kona every day to romp and play. He
continues to grow so fast. We just love people's
reactions when they meet him and find out his age -
they usually do a double take. Of course we're
biased, but most people who meet Kona comment on how
handsome he is and are amazed at his good manners.
That comes in part from hard work on our part, but
he is so smart and eager to please. Kona loves to
play and will bring his toy of choice over to us and
push it into our legs, or if we're lying on the
couch, drop it on our heads. Tug-of-war is one of
his favorite games, but he also loves to run and
fetch. Kona is very bonded with Josh which is just
wonderful to witness. This past weekend we had a
great outing at the beach and Kona kept close to
Josh's side as they ran along the shore. We can't
say enough how much we love having Kona as part of
We hope you and your family are well,
Jean, Jeff and Josh
Please let us know all the details about the
Extravaganza. I'm not sure if we can make it, but
would like to know what is planned. I'd love for you
to see Kona and it would be fun to be around lots of
other Kings. Jeff is so taken with the breed
that he now wants a second when Morgan is no longer
with us, although hopefully she'll be around for
quite a while yet. He even said that if we had more
land, he would like a third! Now this is from a man
who thinks I tend to go overboard with the number of
animals in our household. Kona is a real treasure!
We got permission to take Kona up to the assisted
living facility where we've been doing pet therapy
with Morgan - Josh is participating in a community
service program through his school. We had been
talking about "the puppy" and everyone wanted to
meet him. The activities director was leery to have
a dog so young come into the facility but agreed to
interview him. She was blown away with his good
behavior and agreed for him to visit. The attached
pictures were taken about a month ago during that
visit. We're going to take him with us again this
week. I am hoping to get him certified as a therapy
dog when he is a year old.
I'll look forward to hearing from you about the
Kona at 7 months!
Kona at 6 months, being a therapy dog!
know its been awhile and I wanted to send you a
picture of Sasha (our other dog Cocoa is next to
She will be two this July can you believe it!?
:):) Time really has flown.
I hope you and your family are keeping well.
Sasha and Cocoa!
Here is Denali,
He took the therapy
dog test last Saturday and had a great time. Every
one loved him, and he was a total ham as usual. He
was definitely the friendliest dog there and didn't
flinch at anything, when they chased him with a
wheel chair from behind, dressed up like weird
zombies or banged pots and pans together behind him.
He totally loved when four volunteers attacked him
at once from all four directions. He rolled over on
his back so they could pet his tummy as well. But he
just couldn't stop talking about the other dogs. He
would lie down and try to make friends with little
dogs that just wanted to bite him, and he would
never show any sign of aggression . He always talks
to me too. All kinds of silly whining and barking
noises. Anyway they said he was too immature (they
want them over a year, and had made an exception in
letting him test) but he gets a free evaluation in
the fall. How can a dog that can gently kitten sit,
and walk on water possibly fail?
Logan and Denali both start obedience classes this
Saturday with lots of other dogs and maybe Denali
can learn not to talk so much. There is also an
agility club in the area and Lisa will be enrolling
Logan in that next spring. Logan is quite vocal too.
When Lisa lets her out in the morning and she is
ready to come in she stands right outside the back
door and says woof woof woof woof woof woof until
the door opens. Hey I like that better than
scratching the door. They are both really great dogs
and I am sure Denali will pass the test next time.
Have a great day,
Denali Walks on Water!
Denali kitten sitting!
I would like to express my
gratitude for your commitment in not only
providing loving care for these noble creatures
but also the opportunity to allow others with
the same interest an avenue for obtaining the
same happiness through ownership. I would
like to pursue this further and am interested in
the process of purchasing one of these
magnificent animals. I currently am
assigned as a Sergeant Major with the United
States Army and am dreading a retirement
(after 30 years) scheduled for this November.
I would greatly appreciate the companionship of
a King Shepherd as it will help to fill the void
after my retirement having worked beside
countless Soldiers through harsh environments
and close combat and believe the King would
compensate for the sudden emptiness.
How are you, just
a little note to let you know that Bear is a
great dog,he is loving, very playful, obedient,
great guard dog and very toned in to me. I am
attaching a couple of his pictures, he is 1 year
and 5 month and about 31" and 120 pounds and he
is slim. I am also attaching a picture of Coco
she is 5 month and over 70 pounds.
Bear 17 months!
Coco at 5 months!
Here is an updated photo of Judah. At
6 months old he is now 78 lbs and couldn’t be any
more beautiful. His training is going great and boy
is he smart. He truly has lived up to everything you
said he would be and more. We will see you in the
Judah! at 6 months!
I apologize for the delay on Spirit
updates. I just wanted to send you a couple of
photos so you can see how enormous he is! We
just took him for a weigh in and he's at 80LBS (for
almost being 6 months, how heavy do you think he'll
be?) What a love! He has his frisky puppy
moments, but he is all heart. My Wife,
daughter and I normally get to wake up to his gentle
licks every morning.
Did I mention how bright he is?
We've had a personal trainer for some time now, and
Spirit picks up on commands very quickly. He's
doing great walking on a leash, shakes hands and all
the other basics...
He is an exceptional watch dog.
He has a doggy bed on the landing of our staircase
which overlooks the front door and entry way.
If any junk newspaper delivery boy or stranger
period gets close, he let's em' know what's behind
door #1. His variety of barks are pretty
hilarious...the big boy bark of course is for anyone
who get close to the home or my family while on
walks, the second is a high pitched let me in or out
please bark and the third is a wimpy high pitched,
someone come and give me attention, take me for a
walk or play fetch with me bark.
Thanks again for this awesome family
member...I'm still lobbying with my wife or a
brother or sister playmate for Spirit.
The Smith Family
Spirit at 6 months!
Spring will soon be upon us & I wanted you to see
how handsome my "Little Man" is growing up to be.
As I curl up with him, he welcomes my touch, his
heart is soft & sensitive. When he is at
attention, he is sharp as a tack & anxious to
please. He still is a little shy, but given
the 2 seconds to redeem himself, he's off like a
light chasing whatever it is that has caught his
attention. He is growing big & strong & I hope
you can see him soon.
These beautiful animals are a joy to love, I thank
you again for him.
Good luck at the show this weekend, wish I was
coming but distance keeps me away, for now.
Please know I am rooting for all the Kings to be
winners, as they truly are every day!
Kathy & Orion
Orion 5 months!