Puppy Owner's Comments
Kristopher is doing much better. He still has to be in a
wheel-chair for another 2 weeks. After that he gets a walking
cast for 4 weeks and then I hope we are done. Thanks for asking.
Our Taboo on the other hand wishes for half the attention that
Kristopher is getting. She is so funny. I always say that
she's good for at least 1 laugh a day. At this very moment she
thinks it's fun to make her Tennis Ball go into the pool then I am
supposed to get it out for her. She Thinks that's fun. Thanks
Much Love to All,
Now that she has been born to us and a few years later
here, let me tell you how I describe her to others who are about to be
graced with her presence. As there are no words to describe how
much she means to me....I just shake my head up and down and all
that can possibly come out of my mouth is the words that mean
nothing to anyone but me, and they are......"she is, she is, she
is." No one can describe her. I feel she knows exactly
what I am thinking before I think it. I can't imagine my life
before her. She is my daughter. She is everything I dreamed
of. HA HA! Heck. I wish I was HER! I wish I
could be as beautiful right out of bed at 6:00 in the morning and ready
for a ball before 7. Sometimes she's prissy and I have to
remind her that she's not a Standard Poodle....but, she's a big, black German
Shepherd. I love wrestling with her. And although I am
WELL aware that this is not encouraged...I love it, this is one of her
favorite games. No worries, she also knows when I am about to
say "DONE", "ENOUGH." She follows all the rules,
never ever tears up the house or has an accident. She is the
perfect dog. This owner has gone too far. I cannot live
without her. I let the little comments of friends and family go by
as they tell others......"Oh no, if she can't bring Taboo....she
won't come." It's true. She is everything to me.
And I thank you for letting me have her. She is perfect and we love her.
She will be three soon. But, it seems as if she just got here.
We are coming back down in the spring to do an inspection on our house
that the renters are in. She will be coming with us and I would
love for you to see how great she is. Let us know what you think
about that. Until then, be safe and have a wonderful Christmas.
Sonia is a Darci-Jack puppy, born 12/25/06
Hello, I hope all of you are well. I
do think of all of you because we are so happy with Sonia.
I thought you would like to see her--this
picture was taken at 10 months. Sonia's first birthday was
wonderful: We celebrated Christmas, Sonia's birthday, and the
arrival of our daughter and her boyfriend from London for a 2-week
visit. On New Year's Day, our Japanese exchange student and
her husband came for 3 days from Tokyo--Sonia was in heaven with all
the attention, love, fun and games. Everyone LOVED Sonia!!!!!!
She is going to be a big girl--vet thinks 80-85
pounds when she fills out. Sonia is still a real people lover
and very sociable. When I asked the mailman to stick his hand
in the door and say hello to Sonia, a look of horror crossed his
face. I reassured him she was a friendly (how many times has
he been bitten after the same comment?)--but he did indeed reach out
to say hello to Sonia. She was elated; and in 15 seconds she
was belly up--waiting for a belly rub. The mailman really
enjoyed visiting with her and still comments on what a nice puppy
Sonia is really very smart. I always
wondered if she was bored and not just laid back or lazy. We
have finally come to a conclusion: she gets bored!!!!!!
She likes variety and challenges. Sonia is a good watch
dog--she doesn't miss anything. And she remembers EVERYTHING.
We still think she would be a great sniffer dog, too.
I had to place a hold on training because of an
accident I had last year...I finally had surgery last month ...
On Week 2 after my surgery I was asleep on the couch
in the family room. My husband barricaded me with chairs,
thinking that I was "well protected" I awoke
--stunned--to see Sonia flying about 6 feet in mid air over two rows
of chairs to be with her favorite mommy--landing--luckily!-- on
my feet!!!!. She was so happy to be there! We were
surprised and horrified (never knew this behavior existed) and set
some rules!!!!!!! Can you picture the flight? Never a
dull moment, but she really IS cute!!!!! (and beautiful).
Take care, Pat
Dear Nick and Jeanneane,
Today is Sonia's
9th month birthday.....I have been thinking about writing to
you about her, so today is a good day..
Sonia is a delight and has a wonderful
temperament. She LOVES people and is so excited to meet
anyone. Finally she has started to bark and now is working
on her watchpuppy duties. She is quite smart and remembers
everything. If Sonia were to see Susan's car come
around the corner. she would recognize it!!!! Susan would
probably be impressed that the sit/stay exercise away from the
front door (which Susan thought was hard for a little puppy at
that point in training) is still working!
Sonia is beautiful...everyone comments on her.
She is a good size and weight and healthy. We had her hips
X-rayed, and the vet is quite pleased, as are we! She is
very, very sweet and loving.
I want you to know that we only went to check out
your dogs to see if we wanted a black puppy in the future.
Not only was it "too soon" after the death of
our Gabi, we certainly didn't want one that was 4 months old!
I wanted a little 8 week old baby!!!!!!!
However, Sonia auditioned very hard for a home
with us....her eagerness to greet us (I wasn't expecting such an
exuberant greeting) and then flip over for a belly rub, eyes
closed in contentment told us that she was a special puppy and
loved people. We both thought that she was a personality we
shouldn't pass up and that maybe it was a good thing to really
see (4 months vs. 8 weeks!) what a puppy was like!. Of
course, seeing all your dogs helped in the decision, too!
As you said, she adjusted very quickly to a home
environment, sniffing out everything (we think she would be a
great sniffer dog!). She didn't miss anything, including
the spotlights in a cathedral ceiling, the spinning of ceiling
fans, the swaying of the pendulum of a wall clock, or a plane
flying high overhead at night. How she can spot an ant crawling
on the patio from 20 feet away certainly amazes me! Sonia
is always watching....the whites of her eyes (a sharp contrast
against the blackness of her face) seem to always be in motion.
We are very happy with this puppy, and she is a
perfect addition to our family!
The TRIPLETS, Laura, Greg and Lizzy in Virginia
with their puppy Nero at 5 months.
Nero is getting to be an old dog now, five months
old! Completely house-trained, sits very nicely, eating well,
very healthy and happy. He has a big dog look now, a large
head, huge ears still, and growing and growing.
He's still the center of attention. This
morning he woke us all up, licked our faces, then laid on us with a
big paw over each one's shoulder. That's how Greg. Cindy,
Laura and Lizzy started their day.
His training (two sessions only) is going well.
Laura went with Cindy last night and came back to report proudly
that "Nero was the smartest dog in the class. He did all
four instructions perfectly," she said; the other best dog did
Nero also goes on 1 to 2 hour walks about four
times a week in our local county park, walks for miles, wades in the
Potomac, but does not chase birds or other animals much. The
leash stays on but we don't always hold onto it, and he walks close
to us, just naturally protective. When at home, he has started
to bark at various noises and things, guarding his home. But
he has never growled at anyone, and easily makes friends with
everyone who comes over.
But mostly he gives me such joy as I see him gallop
across the lawn following the kids and their friends, then galloping
back and forth, and back and forth again, after them, like one of the
gang, their great friend and protector too. He loves playing
"keep away" with sticks, shoes, balls, 1/2 gallon milk
cartons -- anything he can get his big jaws on. Lately he
likes chasing balls and bringing them back...a noble and wonderful
All the kids friends (they're over here by the dozens)
love Nero, they play with him...he still jumps up on the people he
likes best (people have been understanding but not doing this will
soon be part of his training)...
Anyhow, how could an offspring of Jack and Taboo, cared
for by you both with so much affection, and raised with the triplets
with so much love and attention, be any different. I've given up
on getting the perfect picture - just pick whatever one you want!
July 31st, 2008
Dear Nick and Jeanneane,
Jimmy and I would like to tell you what and incredible addition Jax,.....Taboo
and Jack's son, is to our family.
the loss of Max and Jake, we knew we wanted another GSD, but we were
concerned about Cheyenne, our 10 year old B/T GSD. Jax in the
long run was exactly what we ALL needed. Training him has been beyond easy.
brought Jax home to our place in Florida and right away he became
comfortable. He quickly became First Mate on our boat, and before long
he became friends with our neighbors and their horses and dogs.
personality is unlike any other German Shepherd we have ever had. By
the time he was 4 months old, he learned he will be living the snowbird life
like we do, we packed the truck up and headed North. We weren't
sure how he was going to do with the 2 day trip to Upstate New York, and I
can truly say, that out of the 4 of us, he was the best in the truck.
and I were also worried about Jax upstate because we have 23 acres. We
put a cow bell around his neck, and let him out to explore. After a
little time we opened the door and whistled ... you could hear the bell
ringing as he came towards the cabin with his big sister.
time at all you can see how much he LOVES his older sister, and
would follow her anywhere, or as she may say it, "he won't leave me
alone!" He truly has a great respect for her, and follows
approaching 6 months old, he will,.....sit, stay, retrieve, speak on
command, and heal when leash walked. At 73 lbs. he is already a gentle
want you to know what an incredible dog he is, and we look forward to seeing what
the next 6 months with him will bring us.
can't Thank You enough for this wonderful gift in our lives,
|Cheyenne and Jax, April 2008
||Jax John, July 2008
Jax really is so good with Nikita (our new puppy), but I
think I'm still his #1 girlfriend.
Of course it's
fine to put that picture up. Thanks for asking thou.
As you may
know, I have soooooooooooooooo many pictures of Jax, and I cannot
tell you guys enough how much people compliment us on how handsome
He also is so
patient and good with Niki. She is more interested in his
food, and he just lets her take it.
He is such a
good boy. Thanks,
Jeanneane and Nick,
Hi. I wanted to write you and tell you a
story about one of Lance's pup. He's all grown up but has been through some
tough times. He's come out smelling like a rose!!
My husband and I volunteer for
Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue. There was one dog in particular who stole
our hearts. He had been in the kennel since Feb.2007 when his owner suddenly
died. The man had no family to take in his dogs so they were taken
in by the rescue. My husband and I had a black German Shepherd whom we loved
dearly and lost very suddenly to bloat almost 2 years ago. When we started
volunteering in Sept. 2007, we knew we would eventually adopt a dog but we
both were adamant that it would not be a black shepherd because we just
couldn't love another black one like we had before. Well, Sabre had other
plans for us! We both fell instantly in love with this 8 year old pup.
Yes, I say "pup" because you'd NEVER know he's 8! He will fetch
tirelessly for what seems forever (our arms make us stop first!) and he LOVES
the water. There's a lake near the kennel and my husband, Paul, would throw
sticks out and Sabre will fetch them, no matter how far out the sticks go.
November 12th we brought Sabre into our home as a foster. November 17th we
made it permanent by adopting him. Today we received his records from the
rescue and to our surprise, we found pedigree papers from your kennel. We've
been reading testimonials on the website and every one of those testimonials
could be describing Sabre! From what we understand, Sabre was originally
"Black Jack" and was born 11/11/99. Lance is his sire we're not sure
who the dam was but we've been told (by the previous owner's fiance who is a
volunteer also) that it's possibly Vicki. As you can see, we brought him home
only a day after his 8th birthday, so he got a new home for his birthday.
We couldn't have asked for a sweeter
dog. He's pretty laid back too when he's in the house. Now we just need to
convince him that the cats are part of our pack!! We just had our first snow
of the year (we're in Pennsylvania) so I've attached some pictures of Sabre
enjoying his frisbee. He has a training leash on only because we haven't
gotten him trained to our radio fence yet.
Just thought you might like to have an
Paul and Elizabeth
Sabre continues to be a delight. Couldn't ask for a better dog. He LOVES
people. Everyone at our Super Bowl party marveled at how he didn't bark or
jump up on them when they first came in. He "mingled" right on in
with everyone. He didn't beg (well, not very much anyway)and when we all
started yelling and cheering when the Giants started winning, he just quietly
retreated to the sanctity of his crate!!!
We've started training with him and he's taking it on like a pro. Old dogs CAN
learn new tricks!!
Little Miss has just been a wonderful puppy. She has a great temperament with
lots of personality. We love taking her out in public and hearing
compliments from strangers about her striking appearance. She also goes to
training classes with me as my demo dog and loves being in the limelight.
Jeanneane and Nick are wonderful breeders and their puppies show their careful
attention to detail. Thank you so much for our great companion. 06-06-07
Anne and Gene Davis
Hi J and Nick,
Our Little Missie is one year old so we had a party to
celebrate our little girl. She is such a huge part of the family that
I can't imagine not having her here. She is such a sweet girl and so
smart. She puts our boys to shame.
Anyway, we doing OK and our best wishes to you all for
a great year. 01-08-08
3-17-08 Jack/Ebony puppy
Just wanted to let you know that Bindi is doing
GREAT!! I brought in her stool sample yesterday and it was
negative. I will go to the vet first thing in the morning for her
vet check and update you on the visit.
Aside from being just beautiful she has a great
disposition and is very bright. She is already getting the hang of
housebreaking and has only been here 2 days. She is also very alert.
The cats are slowly warming up to her. My other dog Rocky I think
finds her a annoying but the interaction and exercise is good for him!
So everything is going quite smoothly!! I have a
great picture of my son and Bindi together--they both fell alseep
together on the floor, it is very cute, I will send it to you.
I will update you tomorrow on the vet checkup visit.
Hope all is well with you, Michelle
is a 2 ˝ year old male who's former owner died unexpectedly in the home.
He was confiscated by police and taken to a local rescue and neutered.
We were called later, as his breeders, to see if we wanted him back.
We drove all day to get him and after being confident he was stable
despite the trauma he had gone through, we sent him to Janet, who badly
needed a watch dog. And that he is, with his deep WOOF! when
any stranger approaches the door. We are very pleased to report that
he's doing very well in his new "forever" home.
J, Just finishing up my work (ugh). Valor is sleeping next to my desk...
next to Teddy and Lia. Three little (BIG) angels. He is such a
special dog! I've been really careful with him and my other two darlings.
They're progressing incredibly well. Teddy is a gem. Lia is, well,
being a witch. Valor is one big puppy who wants SOOOO much to be part of
And, Val has been very polite and sweet on leash -- no pulling after day 2.
Very respectful. AND AND AND --- he's RETRIEVING toys! with a gallop
back and a happy face and wagging tail!!! He's a very smart boy. At
first, he had no clue. I noticed he liked sticks, so I started playing
tuggies with him, then throwing them a few feet - and now, he's a regular pro!
And I swear, he's learned by watching the other kids too. He's quite the
observant fellow. I have to say that you and Nick did a wonderful job, and
his original owner had to have spent lots of time with him, because despite his
trials for the last few months, he is one stable, trusting dog as far as I can
see. And more and more a clown as he gains confidence! Its going to
be very interesting - and fun - to see how his personality unfolds over the next
So, thank you again for suggesting this. We're all in love!
Hugs and kisses, Janet
We're all hanging in up here, with the leaves falling and the weather not
knowing whether to be tropical or Alaskan. Danged global warming...
Val's doing great! His winter coat has come in less wavy and very lush,
blue black and shiny as can be.
The three mutts are all good pals, I'm happy to report. As you know, it
takes TIME for everyone to work through their 'relationships', and they've
done well. An occasional spat, but nothing more. Val has gotten
amazingly strong with all his running and playing, in fact, he's decided that
in addition to thinking that fetching his favorite ball is pretty neat, he
also likes to JUMP to catch too! My lounge chair cushion will never be
the same, because when the threesome are hanging out on the deck, Mr. Valor is
sleeping on my lounge. This boy really likes the soft life! Oh,
that is, when he isn't trying to catch chipmunks in the yard. This boy
can sniff and watch for hours, waiting to see if a chipmunk will emerge from
under the deck. This happened ONCE, and now, he thinks they'll appear
like ducks in a shooting gallery. Too funny.
I had to be at a conference for a week, so I boarded the three of them, side
by side, at a very good kennel in my area. He did very well. The
other two know the drill, but I was concerned about Valor thinking he was
being sent away again. Although he was wild about getting into the car,
he was delighted to be back home. I had to laugh because the groomer at
the kennel (I always have my kids bathed, fluffed and puffed before I bring
them home) said that he was very good, but HOWLED through the entire
procedure. What a guy.
I hope all is well with you, Nick, all the four-leggers, your son, your
grandson, hmm, am I forgetting anyone???? Oh, and how is Magic doing on
the show circuit???
that we have pretty much finished up with Rally, guess we will
start concentrating on regular obedience. Unfortunately, we both
find normal obedience kinda boring. :o) May just give Mariska a
break other than her classes on the weekend while I start
working one of my other girls to get her ready to go thru Rally.
My other dogs have been on ignore while I concentrated on
Mariska, she has been such a joy to work with.
earns her RE
with TWO First Places and one Third Place. We are extremely proud of
this little lady and Yolanda!! Way to go Ladies!!!!
Jeanneane and Nick
Hello Jeanneane &
Well, Mariska has now added an
RE after her name. We are again driving
back and forth to Pensacola, and today came home with her
Rally Excellent title. I really didn't think we were ready, but
thought we would try and see how far we could get. After competing and
qualifying for the past 3 days we got her title. We took 1st place
Thursday, 3rd place Friday and 1st place today.
We are registered for tomorrow, so even though we don't need the leg
will go back and run again for fun.
Well, just wanted to send an update. I'll forward pics if I get any good
ones. Hope all is well with your family and all those pups. Talk to you
Yolanda and the Brat...
is proudly owned by Yolanda at Holmes Valley German Shepherds. If you'd
like to see more photos of her, her page is linked below. We are VERY
PROUD of both Mariska and Yolanda!!
Marishka does agility too~!
Jeanneane & Nick,
I would drop an update on my baby girl. Mariska and I have been driving
back and forth to Pensacola the past 3 days for competition.
We have been competing in Rally Advanced.
Friday, she took 1st place with a 96
Saturday, 3rd place with a 94
Sunday, 2nd place with a 96
So, she now has her Rally Advanced title.
The weather had been bad all 3 days, the show was held at the Equestrian
center which is outdoors under a really large metal top. Very loud when
it is raining as hard as it was. The floor is packed red dirt, so
Mariska and I and everything I took is covered in red mud.
But, we enjoyed it and Mariska did so well. But then I am always proud
of my girl no matter how she does.
Hope all is well with your family, looks like you have enough puppies to
keep you busy for a while.
Mariska sends hugs and kisses. Talk to you later.
and I just got home from a very long weekend in Montgomery, Al. Since
she hasn't yet figured out how to use my computer (and not from a lack
of trying) she wanted me to send you her latest brag, she has added a
couple new initials to her name. She is now "Black Knights
Mariska RN, CGC"
receiving qualifying scores all 3 days she now has her Rally Novice
am not sure if I got any pictures of the weekend, my sister took a few
with her camera but hasn't let me know if they turned out yet. If I get
any good ones I will forward to you, or you can check her web page.
usual, I am very proud of my girl. She was good in the motel, and great
around the many other dogs and people. Always stayed by my side and not
once barked at another dog. We are both glad to be back home
on to her CD......
to you later.
is a Jack/Taboo puppy
May 19, 2005
Just dropping a note to let you know we all made it home safely.
have to tell ya. By time I got home, someone could have walked up and
offered me 3 times what I had paid for Mariska and I would have turned
them down. I have fell in love with this precious beauty already. She
was so good on the way home. Slept in my lap most of the drive. Or up
leaning on my shoulder so she could keep her eye on the boys in the
back. Which by the way she kissed on all the way home.
little angel is now laying at my feet waiting for me to move so she
can follow. I have been carrying her outside often to the same area to
get her use to going out. I won't let her run loose and use the dog door
for a while. For now I carry her outside the actual fenced
yard so she won't be overwhelmed by the other dogs.
I have fixed up my large wire crate for her. She sure let me know she
wasn't happy about being left in there, but soon settled back down.
After she quit yelling for someone to rescue her I would go open the
gate so she could let her self out.
Well, didn't mean to write a book. I know how busy you are. I just
wanted to say thank you for your hospitality, and for being so patient
waiting for me to finally show up. And most of all, for my precious
I enjoyed meeting your
family, 2 & 4 legged.
Talk to you later.
Just got back from the vet's office. Mariska got her last
set of shots, she is now good until next year. She now weighs 20.4
pounds. She was well behaved in the vets office and received a lot
of attention from staff and clients. Vet commented she was a nice
puppy. Mariska pretty much has free run of the house now and takes
herself out using the dog doors. I only close her up in one end of the
house if I am going to leave. She is still such a joy, I am so happy
with her and love her more each day.
Thank you for making it possible for me to have this
precious girl, she sends lots of kisses xxxxx.
Quick note to let you know we are all home safe and sound.
Mariska has survived her first hurricane (Dennis) and was on her best
behavior in the motel room. I really enjoyed spending time with her
while stuck in the motel, she is such a joy.
We were lucky again this time, no damage that I have seen yet. Just a
mess to clean up.
I am going through my pics to see what I managed to get in the
motel room. Not much else to do but watch my babies play. The boys kept
Mariska entertained. She is the only pup I have seen that can get away
with taking the toys right out of their mouth. She is so spunky, I love
it! Talk to you later.
Hugs, Yolanda and Spunky girl Mariska
I had asked my sister about a male pup so I would have a black male.
The breeder told her since they were so "rare" she
is going to sell them for $1500.00. Neither parent has been OFA'd. I
told her no thanks, that after seeing your dogs I couldn't settle and I
sure wouldn't spend that much money for a dog where neither parent was
I still end the day with a smile when I see my
precious girl. She has become my shadow, always on my feet. Or should I
say attached to my feet. I really need some steel toed shoes.
Thought I would drop you a note and
let you know how my little black beauty Mariska is doing. She went
to the vet today for her shots, she was very well behaved. She got
plenty of attention, everyone that saw her commented on how beautiful
she was. I didn't want to set her down in the office, so kept her
in my lap the whole time, she just laid there and slept.
She is still is my shadow, always
at my feet. She has decided she should take showers with me, she doesn't
like me to get out of her sight. So when I walk in and open the shower
stall to turn on the water, she is right there and I have to move her
out of the shower.
She is definitely a water baby.
When we go outside she heads straight to one of the kiddie pools, she
cant lean over and drink out of it like the other dogs, she has to get
in it and stand in the middle to get a drink.
I haven't really started any basic
training with her yet, but have taught her she is NOT allowed under my
computer desk anymore. And she is pretty good at coming when I call her.
Today at the vets office I picked up a business card of a new training
place that just opened up. This would only be a 15-20 minute drive
for me compared to the over an hour drive I have been doing going for
training. I hope to get time to go check them out this weekend. I
want to meet the trainers, see how they are around the dogs and check
out the facilities. Hopefully they will have a puppy class starting up
some time in August when Mariska is finished with her shots. If I am not
comfortable with the place I will just continue using the place farther
away. It is really a long drive and classes are late at night, but I do
like all the trainers there and they have a nice clean facility and
grounds, they train and compete with their own dogs.
In the evening when I lay on
the couch to watch TV, Mariska crawls up and lays beside me.
She is always making me laugh or putting a smile on my face. (Except for
when I take my shoes off and she latches on to my foot, ouch!)
I am very happy with her, she is just
what I had been looking for. I love spending time with her, even if
she is just sitting at my feet while I am busy.
I am attaching a picture of her in her chair
today, resting up before heading to the vets office. I
hope you and your family are well. talk to you later.
Yolanda and Mariska
Hello Jeanneane & Nick:
We just got home from training. Thought I would send a quick
update on my wild child Mariska. She is doing great, a very smart little
We have started taking Mariska to the club with us on Sundays. I
was proud of her as usual. She did a 3 minute sit/stay and a 4 minute
down stay with no problems. Her heeling is going well most of the time,
occasionally she sees something she would rather focus on than me, but I
am able to get her focus back pretty easy. (using bait of course, she
doesn't work for free)!
Mariska's coat is so gorgeous, black, shinny and plush.
I don't think she is meant to be micro chipped. I have set this up a
couple times and something always seem to go wrong. Today, we went by
the Humane Society in PC on the way to training to have her micro
chipped, they tried 3 times and it never worked. They were sorry, they
didn't know what the problem was. The needle never released the chip.
We will try again later.
I hope all is well with your family and wish you all a Very Happy &
Hugs, Yolanda and the wild child!
Mariska is a Jack/Taboo puppy
Born May 19, 2005
Just dropping a note to let
you know we all made it home safely.
I have to tell ya. By time I
got home, someone could have walked up and offered me 3 times what I
had paid for Mariska and I would have turned them down. I have fell in
love with this precious beauty already. She was so good on the way
home. Slept in my lap most of the drive. Or up leaning on my shoulder
so she could keep her eye on the boys in the back. Which by the way
she kissed on all the way home.
My little angel is now laying at my feet waiting
for me to move so she can follow. I have been carrying her outside
often to the same area to get her use to going out. I won't let
her run loose and use the dog door for a while. For now
I carry her outside the actual fenced yard so she won't be
overwhelmed by the other dogs.
I have fixed up my large wire crate
for her. She sure let me know she wasn't happy about being left in
there, but soon settled back down. After she quit yelling for
someone to rescue her I would go open the gate so she could let
her self out.
Well, didn't mean to write
a book. I know how busy you are. I just wanted to say thank you
for your hospitality, and for being so patient waiting for me to
finally show up. And most of all, for my precious angel.
I enjoyed meeting your family, 2 & 4 legged.
Talk to you later.
Just got back from the vet's office.
Mariska got her last set of shots, she is now good until next
year. She now weighs 20.4 pounds.
She was well behaved in the
vets office and received a lot of attention from staff and
clients. Vet commented she was a nice puppy.
much has free run of the house now and takes herself out using
the dog doors. I only close her up in one end of the house if I
am going to leave.
She is still such a joy, I am so
happy with her and love her more each day.
Thank you for making it possible for
me to have this precious girl, she sends lots of kisses xxxxx.
Quick note to let you know
we are all home safe and sound. Mariska has survived her
first hurricane (Dennis) and was on her best behavior in
the motel room. I really enjoyed spending time with her
while stuck in the motel, she is such a joy.
We were lucky again this time, no damage
that I have seen yet. Just a mess to clean up.
I am going through my pics to see what I managed to get
in the motel room. Not much else to do but watch my
babies play. The boys kept Mariska entertained. She is
the only pup I have seen that can get away with taking
the toys right out of their mouth. She is so spunky, I
Talk to you later.
Hugs, Yolanda and
Spunky girl Mariska
I had asked my sister about a male pup so I would
have a black male. The breeder told her since
they were so "rare" she is going to sell them for
$1500.00. Neither parent has been OFA'd. I told her no thanks,
that after seeing your dogs I couldn't settle and I sure
wouldn't spend that much money for a dog where neither
parent was x-rayed.
I still end the day with
a smile when I see my precious girl. She has become my shadow,
always on my feet. Or should I say attached to my feet. I really
need some steel toed shoes. <grin>
Thought I would drop you a note and let you know how my
little black beauty Mariska is doing. She went to the
vet today for her shots, she was very well behaved.
She got plenty of attention, everyone that saw her
commented on how beautiful she was.
I didn't want to set her down in the
office, so kept her in my lap the whole time, she just
laid there and slept.
She is still is my shadow, always at my feet. She has
decided she should take showers with me, she doesn't
like me to get out of her sight. So when I walk in and
open the shower stall to turn on the water, she is
right there and I have to move her out of the shower.
is definitely a water baby. When we go outside she heads
straight to one of the kiddie pools, she cant lean over and
drink out of it like the other dogs, she has to get in it and
stand in the middle to get a drink.
really started any basic training with her yet, but have taught
her she is NOT allowed under my computer desk anymore. And she
is pretty good at coming when I call her. Today at the vets
office I picked up a business card of a new training place that
just opened up. This would only be a 15-20 minute drive
for me compared to the over an hour drive I have been doing
going for training. I hope to get time to go check them
out this weekend. I want to meet the trainers, see how they are
around the dogs and check out the facilities. Hopefully they
will have a puppy class starting up some time in August when
Mariska is finished with her shots. If I am not comfortable with
the place I will just continue using the place farther away. It
is really a long drive and classes are late at night, but I do
like all the trainers there and they have a nice clean facility
and grounds, they train and compete with their own dogs.
evening when I lay on the couch to watch TV, Mariska crawls
up and lays beside me. She is always making me laugh or
putting a smile on my face. (Except for when I take my shoes off
and she latches on to my foot, ouch!)
I am very happy
with her, she is just what I had been looking for. I love
spending time with her, even if she is just sitting at my feet
while I am busy.
I am attaching a picture
of her in her chair today, resting up before heading to the vets
office. I hope you and your family are well.
talk to you later.
Yolanda and Mariska
Hello Jeanneane & Nick:
We just got home from training. Thought I
would send a quick update on my wild child Mariska. She is
doing great, a very smart little lady.
We have started taking Mariska to the club with us on
Sundays. I was proud of her as usual. She did a 3 minute sit/stay
and a 4 minute down stay with no problems. Her heeling is going well
most of the time, occasionally she sees something she would rather
focus on than me, but I am able to get her focus back pretty easy.
(using bait of course, she doesn't work for free)!
Mariska's coat is so gorgeous, black, shinny and plush.
I don't think she is meant to be micro chipped. I have
set this up a couple times and something always seem to go wrong.
Today, we went by the Humane Society in PC on the way to training to
have her micro chipped, they tried 3 times and it never worked. They
were sorry, they didn't know what the problem was. The needle never
released the chip.
We will try again later.
I hope all is well with your family and wish you all a
Very Happy & Safe Holiday!
Hugs, Yolanda and the wild child!
Darci/Jack litter, born Jan. 12, 2006
From Rebecca and Vinny
Pembrook PInes, FL
How are you and Nick and the
dogs? We are all doing great here. Tessa is wonderful,
and she is finally starting to show a little maturity in her
behavior. She's doing great in class, and I'm really glad we
are doing obedience with all positive reinforcement. We have
so much fun together.
I'm attaching a picture from
Thanksgiving when we went to visit Vinny's parents. Tessa
had a great time there running and playing. In this picture,
she had just stopped barking and chasing the horses up and down
the fence line. Echo played too, a lot for a 9 year old boy.
He's doing great too, especially for his age.
I hope you all are having a
wonderful holiday season.
Love, Tessa's MOM
Here's a picture from just last
week of Tessa in her new USMC bandana. She's doing great
and getting more mature every day. She goes with me
when I do a 3 mile run before or after dark, and she also does
well on walks, either with me only or with Echo too.
We kept another police dog for two months (yes two police
dogs in the same house). He is only a few months older
than Tessa, and they had the greatest time together. I'm
enjoying having "girl time" with her again.
About once a week, Tessa and I do something together and
leave the boys at home.
In a few weeks, we will start our training again. Our instructor
teaches only positive reinforcement, and the obedience work
is more like rally than traditional obedience. Tessa and
I both have a great time. In fact, we may be doing a
demonstration of positive reinforcement for the Psychology Club
at St. Thomas University before the end of the year. If we
do, I'll send you pictures.
I just wanted to update you on Tessa's
preciousness. She's my little darling daughter, and I
love her dearly. Oh yeah, her daddy loves her too, oh so
Rebecca (Tessa, Vinny and Echo)
3/11/06 Tessa Update
I wanted to let you know that Tessa is doing quite well. She
is my precious little girl, and I can't remember life without her.
Her ears are mostly up all the time. She
can hold them up very straight, but sometimes they both lean a
little to the right. She knows sit, down, stay, paw, roll
over, up-up (invitation to put her paws up on us), take a break,
drop it (or out, we accidentally each taught her a different word),
"get your toy", and who knows what other words that we
haven't realized she knows yet. Tessa loves learning new
things. She has a few of her adult teeth in the front (4, I
Tessa adores Echo (Vinny's police dog), and she
watches every thing he does. She follows him around, annoying
him thoroughly. Sometimes he will play with her for a bit, and
she is delighted by that.
She is good on her leash, but I haven't taught her to
I bring her to work with me sometimes, and she is
very good in the car. I have a seatbelt for her, so she can
sit next to me in the front seat. I'm at work now, at an off
duty job, and she's sleeping next to me with her head hanging off
the front seat. I keep the back seat cleaner than I ever
thought possible for a police car, so she can sit back there and
stretch out. Most of the time though, she wants to stay in the
front with me.
Tessa and I took a trip to Disney together the first
weekend of May. She visited the Disney Kennels when I was in
the parks, and I stayed in a pet friendly hotel, so she was with me
in the room at night. I was very proud of her. When I
put her in her kennel, she went right in just like her crate at
home. She even rode the tram from the park entrance to the car
a few times. She adapted to walking in a crowd very quickly,
and she loved it when little kids wanted to pet her, even managing
to not nibble on little fingers. At night, in the room, she
slept on the bed with me. Her crate folds up, but it was just
a little too big to fit in the car, so I wasn't able to bring it.
I put her on the bed when I went to sleep, and she wouldn't jump off
until I got up in the morning. Of course, she barked at every
little noise all night long, but the loss of sleep was a small price
to pay for having her with me on the trip.
Just before our trip, she went for her 4 month check
up and shots. She was 33 pounds, and her vet is very impressed
I'll try to send pictures soon. I don't have a
digital camera, so I have to get a CD when I have film developed.
I must go scratch the Tessa tummy now. Thank
you for such a precious baby.
The vet said, "I don't think you could have done any
better." He was very impressed with her health and
I'm really pleased with how attentive she is to me. She's also
so alert to her surroundings. She already knows how to sit, and
she is walking in her leash very nice. Tessa also knows how to
"take a break". She hasn't gone in the house since
Of course, I take her out at all the appropriate times, but when we
get outside, I tell her to "take a break" and she goes
right away. (Unless she's pooping, then she has to find
just the right spot.)
I have to get ready for work now, and Tessa will stay home with
her daddy and big brother (Echo). Echo is so very tolerant of
her; they get along fine. She's sleeping on my feet now,
and he's right here too. We are both really happy with
how they are doing together.
Enjoy your time in VA, and thanks for breeding such a precious little
Zues is the smartest puppy we have ever had! In the 4 weeks we have
had him, he is house broken, sits on command and gives both paws. Yes
Nick, one at a time and he walks very well on leash. He now weighs 35
lbs. These pics are 9 and 10 weeks old-- pic is with Xena our 5
yr old. We would highly recommend Black Knight Kennels, so would our
vet who thinks he is one of the finest examples of a German Shepherd.
With warm regards
Paul, Henry, Xena, and Zeus
Boca Raton, FL
Hello Nick and Jeanneane:
Just getting in touch because I've decided to get a playmate for
Commanche. He is now 9 years old and such a wonderful dog, I've come
back for another puppy.
Commanche is still in great health and just loves the long
play sessions we have with his Kong. He still looks so good that
when people meet him, they just can't believe he is 9 years old.
They think he is only 3 or 4 years old. I'll try to send a photo later
After my two sessions with chemo, Commanche is the reason I am still
here. He is my companion, my protector and my friend.
Cinder--Age 4 months.
Hey, thought I'd let you know what is going on. Cinder has started her
work - she ran two tracks today with chicken livers - she is a
Just a quick update - Cinder is great! She is the most loving, sweetest, baby
I have ever
experienced! I love her dearly!
Cinder (the wonder dog! <grin>) at 6 months. She is doing off leash heeling--but only with a hotdog! <ha>
Cinder is working in advanced obedience; we train at a police station
under huge trees right by traffic. She is very sure around distractions and
I may try therapy work with her once she settles down a little -- she loves
people a little too much right now -- she will jump up onto her back legs --
never putting her weight on us and gives gentle kisses. She has also taken
to carrying around a 1 lb. dumbbell, so I will be starting that soon.
We just wanted to drop you a note to let you know
that our boy, Tigger, turned a year old in December. We
will attach some more photos so you can see just how beautiful he is.
We have taken him to Clematis by night several times. We love
taking him anywhere we can because I know there will be crowds of
people admiring him and telling us how beautiful he is. We have
done some training with him and he knows quite a few tricks...sit,
down, stay (the standards), shake paw, high five, relax (he lays on
his side), roll over, crawl, spin (he turns around in a circle) and
bridge (he walks between our legs and comes back front and center).
If you ask him who the handsomest or smartest puppy in the World
is he answers with a bark because, obviously, it is him! He's so
smart that he has a trick perfected after about 3 tries.
Tigger is quite a cuddler as far as German
Shepherds go...if we sit on the floor he will bring his woobie over
and lay down on the floor with his back up against our leg. He's
a very social dog...he believes that people were put on this Earth
with the sole purpose of playing with him. He doesn't understand
it when people aren't friendly and don't pet him. He's also
great with other dogs.
From the moment we brought him home, Tigger has given
us nothing but joy and we're very thankul for him. We hope this
year brings you lots of laughter and love!
Chris & Cindy
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Darci/Jack First Litter
Hello, Nick and Jeanneane!
Tigger is 1
1/2...we can't believe it! Just another excuse to send
you an update and some more pictures.
Since we have gotten Leeloo, a white German Shepherd
that we inherited, we have had less time to train Tigger
individually so we don't really have any updates on training.
We do, however, have an update on how they are doing together.
Leeloo and Tigger are best friends. They love to run and play
in the back yard and they often lay next to each other when they are
relaxing. Tigger is incredibly laid back. I have never
seen him get food-aggressive or toy-aggressive with Leeloo.
She isn't aggressive either but she is very vocal and fusses at him
if he walks near her when she has a toy. He just looks at her
and walks away.
I never thought
we would get a German Shepherd but fate intervened. We were
going to get a Golden Retriever puppy but then we met Tigger and
there was no other option but to take him home with us. We
think he's the sweetest boy in the World and he seems to get
sweeter by the day. He's very friendly and affectionate.
In fact, we took him to the vet recently and she absolutely fell in
love with him. She thought she would need assistance handling
him because he's such a big dog (95 pounds or so) but then he looked
at her, "hugged" her and just stood there with his tail
wagging and his tongue hanging out. She looked at him and
said, "Oh, you're a sweet boy...somebody forgot to tell
you you're not a poodle." He's an absolute angel.
are a couple of pictures...they don't really do him justice but you
might be able to get an idea of how beautiful he is.
We hope you are well. All our best,
Cindy & Chris
Royal Palm Beach, FL
June 27, 2006
It was good seeing you and Nick at the dog fair in Boynton Beach today.
What a great surprise! You'll be happy to hear that Tigger passed
his Canine Good Citizen test with flying colors. It was a piece of
cake for him. Cindy and I are both very proud.
Thank you again for your gift to Leeloo (shampoo).
Here are some pictures so that you can see how happy Tigger is which
pales in comparison to how happy he makes us.
I hope we can stop by to see Tigger's new brothers and sisters from Jack
and Darci in November.
Chris and Cindy
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Sept. 17, 2006
|These two owners have done
it all the right way--from socialization to training. At the dog
fair today when a couple other dogs came up to Tigger growling and
snarling, he just looked at them and remained totally calm. We
knew he would pass the CGC (Caine Good Citizen) Test like a pro! We were
SO PROUD of Tigger and his owners and their other shepherd Leelo who
also was very well behaved! They showed the crowd how good shepherds
could be, not like another shepherd there that tried to start a number
of fights. WAY TO GO CHRIS & CINDY! And CGC Tigger too!
and Darci 12-22-04
Here's a photo of our darling
beautiful Gitana. She is such a gentle soul, very sweet and great
temperament. She is also very tough and loves to compete for the
tennis ball with her mate. It's not uncommon to see her body slam Hunter
when he gets to the ball before she does. She loves to ride in the
cars so we take her whenever we can. Gitana is a princess and she
knows it. We all love her to death. She just had 8 puppies on her 2nd
birthday. Pretty amazing Huh? They of course are all healthy and
beautiful like Mom. Thank you for Gitana!
Michael and Lola in Pembroke Pines, FL
Thought I would drop a line and send a couple of pictures. She
is the craziest baby. Loves the pool, is pretty good about going to
the steps to get out, if KaCie doesn't stop her. She is NOT
ALLOWED in the back yard unless I am there ALL of the time. I
think I am going to rename her Airplane. She has both ears
looking like she is ready to take off. The first picture is of
the ear up - 15 seconds later is the second picture. Hope
all is well there. How is your dad? How is the new
Talk to you soon - Hugs, Katie ~ ~ St.
|Shadow and KaCie
Jack and Darci Litter, Born 12-23-05
|Dec. 14, 2004. Taboo/Lance litter, 8 weeks 3 days old.
Val is a perfect gentelman. He sleeps in his "den"
unrestrained by himself, tells us when he wants to go out, and barks
only when company calls. We are very happy. I'll send pic's soon.
Merry Christmas; Alachua, Florida
I suck.. I know!! I have not sent pictures – I
do not keep in touch..I am the worst…Hope all is well!
Rex just had his birthday!! He is now at 105 pounds..do you know
if his siblings weigh that much???He is a great dog!! My
boyfriend wants to change his name to CODY..for co dependent..since he
will not leave my side ever..he is a mama’s boy! He STILL
chases the cats..It is horrible..he has a few nice scratches on his
nose. But he just goes back for more.. He got out the
other day and took off after the ducks that tease him every day from
the other side of the fence. He did not know his name when I was
trying to get him back! It was pretty funny to see all of those
ducks take off into the air!!!
Everyone thinks he is the most beautiful dog in the world!! And
he is!! He still loves Taz – they get along great. He is
still in a crate when I am not home. I think he will probably
stay in one until Taz goes..she is 12 now. And if he was out
with her during the day..he would probably drive her nuts…
He Is sooo smart and like I said before.If I would just work with him
more..he would be a genius!!
He still goes to puppy school..the last class he was in – they all
thought he was so big and smart – not realizing it is his third
beginner class. But I really go to get him socialized. Everyone
I hang out with has dogs and at dog school..so he is real friendly if
you have a dog..so I did not notice until recently that he is very
fearful and aggressive towards people with out dogs.. He loves
dogs..which with my other shepherd – she hates other dogs..so I
think I worked too hard to socialize him with dogs &forgot about
people.. I am hoping it is just adolescence and he will grow out
of it..when people come over – I make the take him by the leash and
go for a walk with him..around the yard.. and that seems to work..
Take care…and before he is 10 – I will get you some pictures..
Marietta, West Palm
Hi Jeaneanne - reporting in on Eli again!
But first, congratulations on Lance's great showing! Good to
know Eli's dad is such a great guy!
Yes, Eli's feet are BIGGER than Orry's, and Eli looks bigger every
day. I missed dog class yesterday because my horse fell and hurt
his knee earlier this week, so I had to go and walk him and do nursing
Anyway, back to Eli. He's gorgeous! I adore him and so
does Orry. He is teething and not eating as well, in fact I have to
coax him to eat. Hasn't stopped him growing though! And,
he's VERY smart. He's figured out how to push the sliding door
screen open and LET HIMSELF into the house!! Looks like a lock
is in order. He was digging up my patio, so I scolded him each
time and put him in his special outdoor pen with doghouse (literally
in the doghouse!). It took two times and he hasn't touched the
patio in over two weeks. He's finally starting to figure
out not to jump on the screen too (hmm, maybe that's because he's
figured out how to open it????!)
I've attached just one picture - tell me if you can download it. ...
Well, speaking of Eli, the one thing he hasn't figured out is how NOT
to harass my cats. He's had Kiera cornered under the stool
behind me, barking at her for the last 10 minutes. So I'm going
to say 'have a great weekend' and break up the action!
Janet, Orry, Eli, and the rest of the bunch...
I can hardly believe that Eli is 4 1/2 years old.
He is the sweetest guy in the world - yes, still goofy and silly
-- and yes, still a loving, wonderful boy. My vet says I have
the most fabulous GSD dogs in the world - she can't believe their
temperament. I had to kennel them a few weeks ago, which made me
very nervous, despite using a place highly recommended by my sister
Nancy and by Leslie. Of course, they were fine. And by the
way, everyone at the place wanted to keep Eli - they could not believe
what a remarkable temperament he has and they all LOVED playing with
him. Yes, he is my nuclear-powered guy - he'll chase a
Kong as long as you can throw one.
I've found that he loves the lake and will find
excuses to go for a swim (never unsupervised). He'll hike with
us all day, and he has a doggie back pack that carries dog and people
treats! In fact, when he sees me getting his pack out, he goes
crazy, because he knows it means a good long walk. Yet bring him
into the house, and he'll lie next to me while I work at night. You'll
love this one: he's particularly fond of classical music, and
will howl along with his favorite tunes, which he recognizes - yes he
does! That, and whenever he hears Frank Sinatra sing "All
the way" as a duet, he'll howl along - but only with Frank. I've
attached a recent photo for you to see just how beautiful Eli is - his
coat is thick, deep blue-black and so glossy he commands
attention wherever we go. Thank you again for my Eli - I adore
him. He is just beautiful, inside and out. Warm
"Justice Prevails In Death of Beloved German Shepherd"
As you know
better than most anyone, the pursuit of justice for Eli has been a
long and deeply emotional one. Your encouragement and caring
saw me through a lot of it, Jeanneane. You'll never know how
much it means to me. I can look at Eli's pictures and
finally see his joy rather than my sorrow. This is a good
thing. I know I've said it many times, and I'll say it once
more: I've loved every dog that has graced my life. Eli
however, was that once in a lifetime companion whose heart was so
pure and filled with the joy of life, he demonstrated to all of
us what heaven on earth is all about. THANK YOU!!!
Our flight from Florida to DC was as uneventful as a cute,
sweet-sleeping, attention-getting carry-on could be. It is funny how
kind strangers can be when they speak
about/to a puppy.
Seeker is finally home and the games have begun! We removed the
oriental carpet, installed a screen gate at the door and have
quarantined her to our bedroom. Baker, Seeker and I played well into
the night as our curious cats safely watched, from a gated distance.
Seke (See Key) slept by my bed; waking only at Nick’s o’dark-thirty-hour-of-the-morning
looking for the breakfast she didn't get until after sunrise!
We have been forgoing potty breaks in the cold/icy outside and have
been using the newspaper by the door almost every time. I plan on
introducing the great outdoors and the use of newspaper on the deck
this weekend. She is great in the Jeep--our commute from the country
to the city and vice versa comprises only of petting the napping angel
on my lap.
Last night I took my puppy-breath kisses good night in our bed. I
know, I said I wasn't going to start that but you didn't believe me
did you? After Seke fell asleep, I stayed awake for a long while
thinking of how lucky I am to be holding her. It is so exciting to get
to know her personality. And, to watch Baker with his little girl is
truly a joy to behold. He calls her his precious. That is “mein
schatz” for me!
I know you know how much she already means to us. May God bless and
keep her safe and healthy!
P.S. Photos to come with next report.
P.S.S. Thank you and Nick for making us feel so welcome in your home.
Thank you for everything!
Cheryl & Baker
||Dear Jeanneane and Nick,
Wow, what a weekend. It all began Friday night. Quarantined to
the bedroom, as usual, Seeker decided to climb over the imposing
gate. Baker said it was impossible for her to do it so he made
her repeat the amazing feat a second time. Sure to out smart
her, he put the fireplace screen in front of the gate to keep
her in. Well, look at the photo, do I have to say more? He
accused you of selling us a monkey - not his precious little
girl. Now the bedroom sliding door gets closed to monkey proof
|Saturday I tried to
shovel out a semi-grass area for potty but could hardly
penetrate through the snow and ice. Baker had to get his blow
torch out! Seke doesn't care about going outside - prefers the
indoor newspapers. I can't blame her, it averaged 15 degrees
this weekend without the wind chill factor!
||I've been keeping friends/clients
away from her until she is settled in so this weekend were her
first visitors. She was a precious, little, well behaved pup -
made me proud (not hard). Up until then we weren't sure if you
sold us a goose or a monkey. Photos came back and it is
confirmed - she is our angel (2nd photo).
We love her to pieces.
Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Here is our precious
Seeker at 4 months of age. During Spring clean up, she decided
she'd rather ride the tractor than run beside it. My only
problem is steering!
Jeanneane & Nick,
Had to write, again, because I knew you'd want to hear (and see photos
of) Seekers' latest antics.
Since she's too big to ride on my lap any longer while I'm on the
tractor, she has had to walk along side. Well, she didn't care for all
that walking so one Saturday she jumped up into the trailer and has
ridden there ever since - even when it is full of mulch!
Last weekend we had a large party with an Elvis impersonator. She was
perfect around the crowds of people and loved Elvis. She jumped up on
stage while Elvis was singing and stole the show. He tied a scarf around
her neck and sang "you ain't nothing but a hound dog" to her.
They had everyone laughing.
Now she thinks she wants a career as an Elvis impersonator!
Write again soon,
Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
||Here is our precious Seeker at 7
months of age. She is quite the schwimmer! We can't keep her out
of the water. Do you think there is some shark in her breed?
We've already established she is part monkey so it is possible.
Seke is now in intermediate classes - puppy kindergarten has
ended. Next session will be Intro to Agility. She is a natural
in obedience. You were right about her intelligence (and high
energy). She brings a smile to anyone she encounters. What a joy
she is in our lives.
Hope all is well. Give Lance (and Roy) a kiss for me,
Well, Jake had his first
vet visit and he was great!! At
8 ˝ weeks old he is 8.4 lbs and is a healthy pup. The
staff was going crazy over him and everyone had to take a look at who
all the fuss was over. He
is doing wonderful with the house breaking, his temperament is awesome
and he is keeping Pepe on her toes. My
Christmas tree on the other hand has no ornament 3’ or lower but
that’s ok since the tree is almost 11’.
I have attached my first digital pictures for you as promised.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Jake, 4 Mo.
Lacy/Orry litter, delivers newspapers
to his Mom, Christine.
2-26-04 Port St.
Thank you for the update and you are right about Jake!
He looks like Lace around 75 pounds,
long coat and fast like she was, the rest of Jake is all Orry. He is
very driven/focused he never stops morning to night; (he drops tennis
balls in my bath tub while I am taking a bath so he can play fetch). His
disposition is unbelievable, his best friend is the little girl next
door she comes over several times a week to play fetch, chase and hug
Jake’s big fluffy tail. She has been playing with Jake since she was
about 1. He loves my mom (Grammie) and it very difficult to get out the
door without him if he knows I am going to her house. Did I mention how
smart he is? I talk to him all day long, the groomer says Jake is very
vocalJ, (that he gets from me!) My original plan was to have 2 black GSD,
but I don’t know if it would be too much and how Jake would handle it.
I check out your website all the time to check on litters, Jack is
I go to PGA a lot I will have to
stop by and see all the kids!
is a Lance/Vicky male, Born 11/4/99.
What can I say about
my boy? To begin with, and I probably should not say this, but
out of the 8 dogs I have (had) he is the one I have cherished the
most. He brings out the boy in this almost 50 year old man.
He is a showoff for everyone to see, with or without the camera.
It takes all I can do
to stop him when he sees a cat, or
thinks that I may be in danger,
but is obedient and listens when I say stop. A person came out of the
dark and I had never seen
this attack mode in him before. He
got between the
stranger and me with
fur bristled and staunched ready to attack . He
stopped when I commanded him to!
posture scared me, I can only imagine how the stranger felt with
this solid black 100 pound dog , with
white teeth bared , ready
to pounce. Ever since being a pup and practicing my karate Katas
with him he has been a champion.
He loves the
waves at the ocean and has pulled me in with his true grit and
determination to attack those waves. He has powerful jaws. He
can flatten a soccer or
basket ball within 5 minutes in his
strong jaws and sharp teeth. He
has so many balls he doesn't know which one to play with.
But he has one ready and willing to always play catch and
fetch. He loves the balls so much he sometimes sleeps with
them. Just the
excitement of bringing
home a bag of new balls to play with makes
him jump for joy; his
excitement is contagious.
is an athlete. But balls are not the only sports he loves. Throw
a Frisbee at him and he will catch it, even if it is behind and
over his shoulders. He is agile and amazing watching him
fly through the air and catching
the Frisbee. One of his more favorite sports is tug of war. He
is quite the opponent with the rope firmly secured in his
mouth and determined not
to let go. It takes every bit of strength I have to keep
him from pulling me over. Nothing
is too big for him to tackle. See him with the rawhide bone, almost
as wide as he is long. He just scurried around the yard
with it in his mouth as if it were nothing at all.
But he is gentle
with my parents 13 year old sheltie, who left her mark on him when
he got in her way at the food bowl as a pup--she nipped his nose and
to this day I see Katie's scar on Medknite. He is very much
aware of the fragility of my parents and their advancing 80 years of
age. He is truly a guard dog for those he loves, but meek
around the timid. What he does not seem to realize is that he isn't
a 100 pound lap dog--which with me I allow. I just love it when
he sits on me and licks
my face. So affectionate.
The sad part is
when I leave I know he sits most of the time in my favorite chair
waiting for me to return home. When I do, whether it be after
just a few hours or a few months, he greets me with much love,
enthusiasm, and affection. Ask him if he wants to
go for a ride and he leaps for joy and runs to get his lead.
He is just too funny as
my co-navigator sitting in the passenger seat intently watching
everything going on and not allowing anyone to get near the van. When
I get out to go to the store he will immediately jump into the
driver seat. I think he is smart enough to pass
the driving test!
I could go on about
the pride and joy of my life but I think I have hit the high spots.
I hope you like the pictures I will have sent. If you are still
breeding when, regretfully when he passes, I would want
another--but I know he is unique and could never be replaced. When
I die I hope someone will slip his remains in with mine and we are
buried together. He is my one and only dog,
Now in Florida
Sorry that I have not been keeping in touch! I promise pictures
are on their way! Rex is the best pup of all time! If he
would just quit eating everything. He has been to vet twice now
for x-rays to make sure what he has eaten will not kill him!!!
He is now six months and 75 pounds…He was “spuetered” last week.
When I went to pick him up..they were giving me the preliminary
information and said that he would be very groggy and would need to be
kept calm etc… as he CAME FLYING out of the back to me…Not sure how
they expect me to keep him calm.. they certainly did not give me any
He is going
to a dog class at the Paws on the Avenue – down the street from my
house – so it is very convenient…But If I run into any problems –
I will be calling Nick!!! He is the smartest in the class and if I
would just find the time to work with him – he would be a genius!!
well..He is still terrorizing the cats..but he and Taz get along great
and she is still the boss even though he is 15 pounds over her..
You guys take care and pictures are on their way!!
West Palm Beach
is the smartest, best dog I could ever have wished for plus some!!!
She learns her commands after no more than 5 repetitions. It is AMAZING!!!
Thank you for the perfect GSD for me.
Royal Palm Beach
|We are very impressed and
SO proud of this young man. He is 14 and owner of our
female puppy he named "Hobbes." He not only researched her
pedigree, he has total responsibility for Hobbes and paid for her
himself. He's a real credit to teenagers everywhere. -- Jeanneane
and Nick, Black Knight Kennels
Update on Hobbes:
We are sad to report that Hobbes contracted an infection (not
heriditary) that could not be cured and had to be put to sleep. Below
are comments about his new puppy, Shadow.
We are still very impressed with this fine young
Jeanneane and Nick, Black Knight Kennels
Shadow is a Jack/Darci puppy.
Shadow is doing great, very spunky, loads
of energy. Incredibly intelligent, only a few accidents inside.
He is picking up going to the bathroom outside very fast.
Brave little guy too. Tries to bark at the neigbors, we get
quite a kick out of it. Will follow up my next email with pics.
Shadow is doing wonderful. I
started taking him on about a mile walk every night and he's doing
great walking on a leash. He stays on my left and is pretty
good at staying with me, still working on heel though, you know as a
puppy he still wants to stop and smell everything. His ears
are starting to go up, still a little floppy though. You got
the updated pictures you asked for right? He's very vocal,
he barks at anything from big dogs to butterflies, its kinda funny
to se him get down and give the crickets in the grass an earful.
I'll send a new update soon.
Annie/Kaiser Litter, Age 8 weeks
just wanted to let you know that Niko is doing wonderful. He has been
doing a lot of playing and exploring. He is so precious and we love him
so much. What a great addition to our family. Thank you so much for such
a great dog. Talk to you soon.-
Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how wonderful Niko is doing.
He is doing great and is having a great time doing a lot of playing. He
has learned his name and is very smart. He surprises us with how smart
he is. He is also very curious but not scared. Talk to you soon.
9 weeks old
Here is another picture of Niko. He went to the vet Tuesday and weighed
21.2 lbs. The vet thought he was just a wonderful dog. He is
really having a lot of fun and has become a great addition to our
Jupiter Farms, FL
Niko, 11 Weeks
Age 5 Months!
Hi, Sorry I haven't written in a while. Here are some new pictures. Niko
is so beautiful. He has lost all puppy teeth and is getting very big.
Need to send this before this computer kicks me off again. Will write
when computer fixed. -- Deanna, Jupiter Farms -- Oct. 2003
you got the pictures. Niko is so beautiful. Whenever I take him out
people are always stopping to say how beautiful he is. Then they want to
know where I got him.
Niko, Annie's puppy, Age 6 mos. 2003
Glad you thought Niko was handsome. We think so too. His nickname
is Dennis the Menace because he always is into mischief. He then looks
at you with those eyes that say I'm not doing anything. He is definitely
the boss. No matter what toy any dog has he wants. When he walks over to
the other dogs they drop the toys right on the spot. They are all so
wonderful with him. Niko is also very vocal. He loves to make noise.
Every time the fire truck sirens go off you should here him howl. He is
a riot. Thanks for giving us such a sweet dog.
--Deanna Jupiter Farms, FL.
puppy, age 6 months.
is a picture of Niko that I took yesterday. He has his father's build.
He is so beautiful. Talk to you soon.
4-18-04 Niko and I started
obedience training to get the Good Citizenship award. Nobody could
believe he was only 11 mths old. Everyone asked where I got such a
beautiful dog. Thought you would be proud. I will send some new
pictures soon.-- Deanna -- Jupiter Farms
Hope you don't mind I gave the girl from class your
name. She thought you were extremely helpful. I would also be
interested in going to the German Shepherd club meeting. Niko did much
better in class this week. Last week the trainer was gruff. Ha! Not
friendly like you. This week he did fantastic. I was very proud.
Especially for only 2 weeks of training. He is always into mischief.
He can use his paw and nose very well. He uses them to get into my
husbands zipped up golf bag. He is very sweet but has a great bark
when he needs to. I will try to take some pictures today. He is
probably about 95 lbs now. He is definitely a big boy. Jim and I joke
that Nick must not of brought you enough flowers when he was a puppy.
That is the only thing he is afraid of. Flower bouquets. Ha. Talk to
you soon. Hope you dad is doing well. Please if you need anything
don't hesitate to call. -- Deanna -- Jupiter Farms
Jeanneane @ Nick aka Grandpa and Grandma,
Just a quick e-mail to show you Lucky. He
has all the cats and dogs on the run......
He is always happy and affectionate.
Bobby will have a great companion for his teen age years!
Happy Fathers Day Nick!
Bobby, Bill & Christi
Puppy's name is Clarise
Now 4 years old.
Hi Jeanneane. How are you?? Leslie forwarded your e-mail to me. Good to
hear from you. The kids are doing GREAT!! I can't believe that it has
already been four years!!! WOW how time flies!!! I know Jan had sent you
some pictures awhile back. Must have been the time you where moving??
Maybe that is why you never received any of the pictures she sent you. I
will give her you e-mail address so she can send some more to you.
We get a lot of comments about how beautiful the kids are. Of course we
already know that!! :-} They are both very special dogs!! Leslie
and I have run into so many poor bred GS lately. It is nice to have
two health dogs with brains in their heads!!!
Are you still breeding?? How are Lance and Vicky doing?? Please send
some pictures. Are you settled into your new home yet??? Sounds like you
still have some unpacking to do. Keep in touch!! Now that I
have your e-mail again. I will be sure to write.
Nancy ^,,^ & Clarise
5 1/2 Months, 40 lbs.
was an angel on the way to West Virginia! She was also very good while we
were there. She and Mischa ran and ran and ran. Macey has been
doing really well. She is 90% housebroken! (still has the
occasional accident) We used a small ball with a bell in it and hung it
near the door. When she needs to go out, she rings it and we go
outside. If we can't hear her, she barks! And, she has been
getting more freedom in the house when we are around. And, she is getting SO
loving! he loves to come up to us and put her front paws in our lap. It's
so cute! (I know, I have to send pictures! :-)
Matt, St. Petersburg
Born Feb. 1, 2003
Macey is 9 weeks old.
"Macey has been following us around the house and the yard.
She has been exploring the yard quite a bit and is already starting to
do the majority of her "business" out there. She is so
cute, every time we stop walking, she sits down right beside us! Macey went to the vet today, and I have never in my life seen a puppy so
well behaved! She
sat patiently on her Mom's lap and took a little nap while we
waited. She took her shot like a big girl and got her micro-chip
put in as well. The vet raved about how beautiful she is and said that her ears should
be standing up soon.
"Take Care. And thank you for our precious baby! --
Matt, St. Petersburg, FL"
Just wanted to give you an update on our little darling!
If we would have waited to name her until after we got her, she would
have to be named "Shadow". My wife says she's a "Daddy's
Little Girl" because she follows me the most! She has impressed us so much with her advances in just one week!
Macey knows her name really well and knows the difference between her name and
"No". Last night she slept 7 1/2 hours straight before
it was time to go outside and do her business. And, she hasn't done her business in
her crate since her very first night! Macey has been dancing in circles for her food bowl and is responding
well to treat-training. She always has an appetite and likes to sniff
around her food container! One of her new favorite games is to chase her tail! And, of
course, she likes to romp and play with her new best friend Mischa!
Hope all is well in South Florida!
Macey got her 12 week shots this past weekend. She was very well
behaved and makes her mom and dad very proud! The vet absolutely adores
her and said that she "is a fine example of what a German Shepherd should
be". He said that when we breed her, he wants at least one pup. We told
him it would be a few years before that happens! She weighed in at 18 1/2
pounds, and I think she's added a pound or two since then!
Macey's new favorite toy is an empty soda bottle! She kicks and
chases it around the house, it's so cute! She likes to play chase with
Mischa in the yard, and is starting to get the hang of fetching balls. She is still
spinning and dancing for her food bowl! And, at night when it is time for her
to go into her crate, she goes right in and waits for a treat!
She's really getting her routines down!
While I was going through some photos, I found some good ones of Macey.
I attached them to this e-mail. I hope they come through ok!!
I sent a cute one of Nathan and Macey - in the crate
together! He thinks it is great fun to get into the dogs crates.
Matt, St. Petersburg
|Macey and Nathan in Macey's crate.
litter, Born Feb. 1, 2003
Bella, age 3 Months
Well Bella's quite the woman...very stubborn and sure of herself....not afraid of ANYTHING....she has great lungs and legs....running away from
you and barking back to you is her specialty!!! She is growing like a weed....and we are enjoying her alot!!! Max doesn't go anywhere without
Just a note to let you know I'm very happy with Simona and
thank you for
all the efforts and hard work you had to go through to send her.
Simona is much better than I expected. To me, she sure has been
all what it took to get her all the way from Virginia to here.
an excellent behaviour, is a beauty and has amazed everyone she
Even though she is so young, is very smart and a very fast
accomplished great progress in her housebreaking in just a matter
days, also, she is quickly learning to stay oustide of
areas, loves to play with her toys and for what I see, teaching
'fetch' will be just a natural extension of the games she plays
Many thanks for this great dog!
Mexico City, Mexico
Hi Jeannene & Nick
I just wanted to know if you have received the pictures of
Clarise??? I sent
them US mail about three weeks ago. I want to make sure that you
got them OK,
or if I had to go looking for them. If you have got them. Would
let us know. Also, how do you like them?? She is getting bigger
every day. I will be having knew pictures soon. Can you receive
AOL??? If so. I will send them to you through E-mail.
Clarise loves to go for rides. She likes to sit in the front seat
like a little queen. She is doing very well at class.
We are putting a deck of the back of the house. She is like a
jumping over all the boards. She is very agile. Loves to jump for
We lost one today. I had to go down and buy another one. Go
forbid she does
not have her Kong!!!
Hope all is well with Vicky and Lance!!! Also you and Nick. Have
Nancy & Gert ^,,^
Hi Jeaneanne - reporting in on Eli again!
But first, congratulations on Lance's great showing! Good
to know Eli's dad is such a great guy!
Yes, Eli's feet are BIGGER than Orry's, and Eli looks bigger
every day. I missed dog class yesterday because my horse fell and hurt his
knee earlier this week, so I had to go and walk him and do nursing duty.
Anyway, back to Eli. He's gorgeous! I adore him and
so does Orry. He is teething and not eating as well, in fact I have to coax him to
eat. Hasn't stopped him growing though! And, he's VERY smart.
He's figured out how to push the sliding door screen open and LET HIMSELF into the
house!! Looks like a lock is in order. He was digging up my patio, so I
scolded him each time and put him in his special outdoor pen with doghouse
(literally in the doghouse!). It took two times and he hasn't touched the
patio in over two weeks. He's finally starting to figure out not to
jump on the screen too
(hmm, maybe that's because he's figured out how to open it????!)
I've attached just one picture - tell me if you can download it.
Well, speaking of Eli, the one thing he hasn't figured out is how
NOT to harass my cats. He's had Kiera cornered under the stool
behind me, barking at her for the last 10 minutes. So I'm going to say 'have a
great weekend' and break up the action!
Janet, Orry, Eli, and the rest of the bunch...
How are things with you guys??? Just thought I would send you a
update on Clarise. She is doing wonderful!! She went in on
Monday to be
spayed. Had a little problem with the anesthesia. I guess when
she came out
of it, she got real sick. The vet had to give her a shot to stop
Poor girl was out of it the rest of the night. Now she's back to
Well almost. I still have to keep her quiet for the next 5 to 7
easy for her. Our vet adores her!!! Say's she has wonder
She now weighs in at 60 lbs. Eli has to be near 75 or so. He is
all get along very well. Clarise loves the water now. Are you
doesn't have any Lab in her??? When we are at the lake. She will
not get out
of the water!!! She jumps off the dock, chase's the waves as they
the shore. She will even put her head under water for a stick or
When we are home. We can't keep her out of her kiddy pool.
Classes are going well. She is very much like her mom!!! Looks,
loves to play and play and play!!! She can not get enough of the
That is her most favorite toy!!!
We don't let her have it all the time. Only when we go out to
play with her.
This way she has something special to look forward to. We try to
good every night. This way we get a good night sleep!!! She has
some what. What a love. We get kisses, tail wags hugs!!! She
loves to be
I have some pictures I am going to send to you through the mail.
keep them an put them in your puppy album if you have one. How
are Vicky and
Lance doing?? Has Lance won any more shows?? Give them both a hug
Just one more thing. We want to thank you for the most Loving,
Beautiful little (BIG) girl. We love her very much!!!
Have a great night!!!
Nancy & Gert ^,,^
I'm Sir Lancelot's Dante, but sometimes my human mother calls me
Darling Precious Sweetheart. I am cute! She tells me I look
like Black Velvet. When I get bigger they'll probably drop the Precious part.
These people, have always had white German Shepards. They'd always talked
about having a black one someday, but neither of them had seen one in person. Their
son is the one that arranged to get me from my real mother and
father, Vickie and Lance because we had just lost Wolfie. There is another
White German Shepard guy--Rommel--who is 3. He's kind of goofy. He
means well. He's about 110 lbs and thinks he is a lap dog. He's affectionate to most people
and he's good to me. He's my new brother. We get along very
well. I'm fearless, so I stalk him and attack whenever I can. I
can sometimes be seen with a small tuff of white fur in my mouth. So far I
have gotten away with it. I love to play with Rommel. Rommel is always looking inside
for me to come outside. He has always lived outside. He isn't
housebroken. Wolfie was.
Speaking of housbreaking, I am very smart. They, my human
parents, decided I would live in the laundry room since it is winter and I have that
fine fur. It is a pretty big area and has a bathroom off of it. They
put down papers in the bathroom and by the back door and in less than 24 hours I figured
out what that meant. I always use papers in the laundry room. When
they take me out to the family room to play, which is whenever they are home, they have
to watch me for my "signs." I'm pretty good, but not totally
perfect. But I'm still a Precious Darling Sweetheart, so I get away with a lot. I have tons
of toys.................... enough for more than one dog. I get small portions of
doggie treats when I go to the bathroom outside. They make
me sit for the treat, too, and I oblige them, but it seems like
they are trying to kill two birds with one stone: Teaching
me to sit and rewarding me for going outside at the same
time. You'd think I should get two treats. They
bought me one of those big crates to live in in the laundry
room. It is huge. My mother read that it would take
4-5 days for a puppy to get used to going in there to sleep. I
went in immediately. I'm no dummy. I think those
books were written aboutdogs that aren't the sharpest pencils in
the pack. I've grown,too. I now weigh about 21 lbs. I went to the vet the week after they got me
for my shots (Dec 30, 1999) and check-out and I weighed 11 lbs then. I don't
quite have German Shepard Ears yet. Once in a while I do, but most of the
time the tips are falling over. Mom said she'd love me even if I had Labrador
ears. When Dad got me for Christmas from Fred, et.al., Mom was there and she got
tears in her eyes watching her husband when he finally realized that this bundle of
black they were putting in his arms was for him. I think if they had
gotten another white German Shepard they would have expected it to be just like
Wolfie, who was supposedly very smart and very beautiful. Since I am black
there are no such expectations of me, but I think I'll just grow up smart and
P.S. I made my mom write this since I'm young and still
using those fat first grade pencils.
I just finished reading all the Black Knight owner’s testimonials and was
surprised to find my note about Dante (written by Dante) there. Dante is
now 7 and well and living South Carolina, still in York. He is much
smarter than he was as a puppy. Even though he is German we know he speaks
English. We are amazed at what he understands. Like the other Black
Knights dogs, he loves balls and loves Frisbees and still wants to play all the
time. Like all the other owners of your dogs, we are delighted by him and
love him more than anything. He is beautiful (gorgeous, shiny, fluffy),
housebroken with NO mistakes. He amazed me when he came in at 6 pm and my
husband said he didn’t ask to go out until the following morning at 8:30.
We love him to death.
Sadly a little over 12 hours ago Dante’s long time companion Rommel, our white
German Shepherd, passed away. It was very strange and quick. The vet
operated but he never made it out of the anesthesia. Rommel was 11 ˝.
Dante seemed to know when we came home without the white dog, sniffing my
clothes and the wagon we carted Rommel in, knowing something was up.
Rommel was more the watchdog. Dante rarely raised his voice and let Rommel
be the watchdog. Yesterday with Rommel not on the property, Dante took
over the watchdog role. It was weird to hear that deep bark. I think
he knew that it was now his job.
I know all of this is very sad, but Dick and I had always said when Rommel
passed we would get another dog and it would be another Black German Shepherd.
We had always had white GS’s before, but once you’ve had a black German
Shepherd you are smitten. What a delight to find you again. I see
you moved to Florida. I think when Fred bought Dante you were in Virginia.
We would be interested in another puppy, a friend/playmate for Dante and a new
dog to love as we love Dante. We want one of your dogs since we know they
are smart as well as beautiful.
spoke with Nick on Saturday and our deposit is already in the mail.
Dick & Barbara
Dear Jeanneane & Nick:
Samantha is three months old and doing extremely well. She is a
learner. It didn't take her long to be housebroken. She is a
talkie and very
alert when it comes to any type of noise. She is very good around
she knows and not afraid of dogs she doesn't know. She is very
people and kids. Dr. Wiest thinks she's going to be a really big
very impressed with her demeanor and her looks. He thinks she
will be a good
dog for shows and breeding.
I think that she has Vicky's personally and Lance's body style
coat. She loves the outdoors and loves to be loved. She is
to become protective of her home and Loire but she is still
girl. Loire say's when I'm at work she becomes a little hellion.
arrive home, she becomes an almost perfect little girl. She does
well in the
truck and is starting to get the handle on walking on the leash.
understands No, sit, down, go to bed, come, cookie, no bite
outside and go eat. Working on fetch, she has figured it out and
she does it,
without me saying it most of time. She likes her crate. A lot of
we're upstairs, she goes downstairs by herself. I don't worry
about her. She
doesn't seem to get herself in trouble since she has toys to play
doesn't have a favorite at all. Here is one of her
Michael & Loire
Jedi is a Lace-Lance Puppy.
Jedi (pronounced Jed-eye) is doing just
great, he's a wonderful puppy!! He's very easy to train and
LOVES to have Matt throw him a frizbee. Jedi and Butch
wrestle with it all the way back to Matt. He's also very good
with our 7 month old baby boy. Here is a picture of him, age 1
year. with his little brother Butch.
Diane and Matt
does real well until about
4:30 in the morning - then after goes
out - we pull her up in the bed - and she chews on us for
NICK AND JEANNEANE
SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO SEND YOU SOME PHOTOS OF "RUBI LINDA"
SHE IS A GREAT DOG. VERY LOVING.
SHE HAS ALREADY GRADUATED FROM BASIC TRAINING CLASS, WITH PLANS TO GO TO
AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PHOTOS, SHE IS GROWING.
Black Knight Kennels
Jeanneane & Nick Kutsukos