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Are You and Your Dog SAR Candidates?

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It is a Team The first question to ask is, “are you in shape or capable of getting into shape to handle rough terrain for 8-12 hours of walking?” Most people focus on their dog and don’t think about the person that goes into the field with them. SAR dogs live with and are owned […]

Orex Earns BH

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Begleitenhund(BH) Temperament Test Passed On November 22, 2013 Orex von Tajgetosz  passed the Begleitenhund (BH) temperament test at the Bur Oak Hundersport Club Trial in Long Grove, IL. Orex and Sherri were required to be at the trial by 9:30 AM but did not go onto the field until 2 PM. The temperature was 34 […]

Beware of Weight Control Dogfood

August 13, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

I have many blessings when it comes to my dogs including the desire to scarf down their dogfood but a primary one is working with a good breeder. They must be sick to death of my phone calls and questions but there are always supportive and answer or return my calls immediately. Preventing Bloat Due to Dogfood […]

Style Points for St. James Farm Family Field Day Demonstration

June 3, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

German Shepherd Search and Rescue Dog Association (GSSARDA) was honored to be invited to demonstrate at the St. James Farm Family Field Days in Warrenville Illinois on May 26, 2012. The weather was great and over 4,000 people attended to see demonstrations by falcons, horses, and dogs. The entire team was in attendance along with […]

Gryphon Racks Up Titles

December 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Susan and No Nonsense Gryphon had a busy year racking up his Begleitenhund title, his IRO Rubble A title, and his NIMS  Type 1 USAR certification through IPWDA. First the Begleitenhund Gryphon, handled by a nervous Susan earned his Begleitenhund title on June 17, 2011 at the mid-Ohio Schutzhund Club. Weather conditions were not ideal […]

Belle Earn Schutzhund 1

November 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

I love Belle’s quiet determination. It is a real mental exercise to switch between her and Lektor aka “bulldozer”. As a handler you have act and respond so differently to best utilize the dog’s personality, but that’s how different dogs make a person a better handler. Belle did a wonderful job and she gave me something more. Trials have always made me nervous and have not been a pleasant experience, but thanks to Belle I intend to become more active in schutzhund and actually work toward competing at larger trials.

Lektor Goes 97 of 100 in Protection

August 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

At was a miserable day for a trial. At 7 AM when we started tracking the temperature had already hit 80 degrees and rising. There hadn’t been a drop of rain in weeks. Top it off we had spent the last month enjoying the cool breezes of the Adirondack Mountains with highs in the 60’s […]

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 […]

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