Thank You Illini and Shoreline German Shepherd Dog Clubs

March 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This post is about two german shepherd AKC, American Kennel Club, organizations allowing German Shepherd Search and Rescue Dog Association (GSSARDA) to set up an informational booth and collect donations.

Gatlin and Liz Earn CD Title

January 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Gatlin and Liz finished off their 3rd leg for his CD title with a score of 191.5 at 10 months old.

Why BH?

June 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The begleitenhund or BH is first and foremost a temperament test. Good nerve strength, even temperament dogs don’t bite unless told to do so. The easiest way to sort out the dogs that don’t have the temperament for search and rescue is to require the BH. The BH is open to all breeds of dogs and mixed breeds, provided the dog has an identifying ear tattoo or is micro chipped for positive identification.

How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?

May 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

                Sometimes I’m not politically correct. When I look for a dog I go to a reputable breeder. I research the lines and the breeder’s record. I get references. I test the puppies and then I select the new family member. Make no mistake, a dog entering my home is a family member with an […]

Hip Dysplasia Statistics

May 7, 2010 by · 23 Comments 

I’ve talked to a few people over time and on more than one occasion a person has told me they decided against getting a German Shepherd because of the potential for hip dysplasia. I’ve had other people tell me they will only own a mixed bred dog so they can avoid this genetic disease. There […]

Cody Earns TD

April 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Cody Earns TD Cody earned his AKC TD-tracking dog title April 5, 2009 in VERY strong wind conditions. The tracks were laid in an area where the grass is usually tall ,but since it is so early in the season, all the tall grass was just matted down and it was impossible to see where […]

Joanna and Maggie Earn VST Title

November 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

On Sunday Nov.11, 2008 Maggie got her VST (Variable Surface Tracker) title and became Champion Tracker ! The test took the place at the  DuPage Government Center in Wheaton, Illinois. Maggie had tracked on four different surfaces which included short grass, cement, mulch and blacktop. The track was aged 3 hours and had 4 articles (including […]

Paivi and Cody Earn CDX Nov. 2008

November 9, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

           Paivi and Cody Earn CDX Nov. 2008 On Sunday November 9, 2008 Cody completed his Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) -title with a 4th place finish and 187 points. Companion Dog Excellent is the second highest obedience title in AKC and is all done off-leash. Exercises include heeling off-leash based on […]

Maggie Goes Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX)

May 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Maggie Goes Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) This was the e-mail Joanna sent out when she handled Maggie to her TDX title. It did such a good job capturing the joy a handler feels when their canine accomplishes something they’ve been working toward, I didn’t want to re-write it. Joanna and Maggie, we salute you!) On […]


January 5, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to our GSSARD Illinois, German Shepherd Search and Rescue Dog Association of Illinois.   We invite you to look at our articles and requirements and use them to benefit your search, police, fire, or EMA team. Is there a canine SAR subject you would like to develop an experiment to test?  Please contact us. […]