Hope this finds you and your beautiful family
doing well. I just wanted to let you know that
Gunner is doing great! His ears are up and
he is growing bigger every day! He just
finished his second week of basic obedience
training and the trainer made a comment that
reminded me of some of the recent discussion on
the board regarding breeding. She was
commenting on how smart Gunner is and she said,
“it is hard to find a
good Shepherd these days…they have bred all the
brains out of them”. I got a chuckle out
of this, but in a way she’s right. One of
the biggest reasons that we wanted one of your
dogs was because you never know what you’re
getting with a German shepherd that you purchase
from an ad in the newspaper. I have seen
first hand dogs with terrible hip problems, not
to mention the neurotic temperament that
frequently goes with them. I am so glad
that the AKSC is attempting to regulate the
breeding of these wonderful dogs…I am afraid
that if you didn’t, the breed would eventually
go the way of the GSD. Already, so many people
have asked me if I am going to breed Gunner, and
when I tell them that he is not breeder quality,
it seems that they are amazed that that is even
a consideration, which in turn amazes me!!
I just know that when we are ready for another
KS, it will be nice to see the advancements that
the breed has undergone due to careful breeding
practices and not the problems that the breed
would have encountered due to indiscriminate
breeding. Anyway, this is my awkward
attempt at encouraging you in all you do in
maintaining the high standards that you have set
for these awesome dogs…thanks for everything!
Gunner at 9 weeks!
Denali and I stopped at the
vets today and he weighs over 90 lbs. He is 7
months tomorrow. Everyone there fussed over him
and they gave him heart shaped liver treats.
Denali at 7 months!
Hope things are going well there. I just wanted to
send you Kodiak's 9 week photo. He is really a great
pup. At 8 weeks old he had his first visit to
the vet and weighed 25lbs. His second visit was a
week later and he weighed just over 28lbs. He is
scheduled to be back at twelve weeks old. I'll keep
you posted. Kodiak and Grizzly seem to now be joined
at the hip, although Grizz still plays a bit rough
when they get carried away.
Kodiak at 9 weeks!
Hope you are all doing well in your new home. Just
wanted to keep you posted and updated on Cassie &
As you can see Cassie is on the left and she is
really a great dog.
Charlie, who is 8 months and 100 pounds, is like a
big teddy bear. He knocks over every thing in his
way (even if it's not in his way). They are both
Marlene & Michael
Cassie and Charlie!
I want thank you once again for the
lifetime honor of "Orion". He is an amazing
animal & hope to show him at the Spring show.
I am hoping he will be easy to train, his tracking
sense is already showing. Once again, thank you for
Orion at 8 weeks!
Debbie and I
can't imagine how you handle children, puppies,
and more! As for little "Roy" we are all in love
and having a blast. The only drawback is the
intensity of that blast. If Roy wasn't the Alpha
of the litter, he must have been rather high on
the pecking order (pecking is the
word!) His dominance level and drive to
dominate are somewhat high, requiring persistent
training and redirection; however there's no
sign of viciousness or even nervousness. Roy
is affectionate and his intelligence
exceeds our best expectation. At ten weeks, Roy
is housetrained; he comes and sits almost
flawlessly on command, he retrieves a ball with
complete awareness and he practices the "down"
fairly well considering his drive to
dominate. If this drive is slightly excessive, I
find it preferable to one that might be
submissive. Roy may require some extra effort
but Debbie and I are confident that he will
repay us by becoming an ideal companion. We love
him and wouldn't trade him for the world.
Shelley, we thank
you for your care in placing him with us -- down
to the last day! It seems clear that all of us
made the right choice and that Roy will flourish
in the environment we can provide. His health is
excellent, he's growing steadily and he's very
beautiful. We'll keep you posted
With best regards
Roy his "Mom" at 10 weeks!
How are things? We are all doing well here.
Thought you might like to see a fairly recent photo
of Boris at just over nine months old. He's such a
great dog, and so kind, loyal, playful, friendly,
loving, and extremely intelligent.
Claire and I would like to thank you again for
Everybody loves him -- dogs and humans included. The
kids from the neighbourhood come over at least twice
a week to play with Boris in the yard. His favourite
game is hockey!
We usually play in the driveway or on the tiled
kitchen floor. Boris loves to start off the game by
dropping the ball on the floor just like a real
referee. But he also takes on the roles of defence,
offence and goalie. It's really quite amazing to
In fact, we now have a professional dog walker and
trainer who gets a whole team of shepherds in on the
hockey action. We've even thought of calling up
David Letterman to suggest he have an all-dog hockey
game on his show!
Anyway, I must close for now.
Boris at 10 months!
I just thought I would let you know that Luna is
turning out to be so very quick and smart. The vet
loves her, and so does everyone I know. She is
great. Her only drawback so far is that she
wants to eat rocks.:)
Thanks for such a beautiful puppy!
Luna at 12 weeks and friend!
Denali is still growing like a wild weed. He is
almost 5 months and over 60 pounds. He loves the
lake and going swimming. Here are a couple of
pictures from our new lake front rec. house.
We have been taking Denali to the dog beach since he
was little and he likes playing with all the other
dogs on the beach as well as swimming out with the
Denali at almost 5 months old!