Unserlieben Stonewall was born June 23rd, 1993, 29 years ago today. He came into my life at 7 weeks of age, on my 8th wedding anniversary, August 16, 1993. I got him from a breeder in Michigan, and he had the best temperament and trainability of any dog I have ever known. Wally is the sire of Jane and Johnny, and the grandsire of Winston, Clyde, and See See. Wally is why I breed. I loved him beyond reason.

Unserlieben Stonewall (Wally)
The one who started it all
The one who stole my heart
My first GSD
Wally on our back porch in Columbus, Ohio, around 1996.
Wally’s dam, Am. Can. Ch. Unserlieben Aphrodite, with her handler, Joe LaRosa, in Pontiac, Michigan
Wally’s sire, Am. Can. Ch. Unserlieben Harrigan, with his owner, Karlien Bennett, in Michigan, near St. John

See See is in heat again, rescuing, and the importance of spaying and neutering!

No, I am not breeding her this heat cycle. See See is only 16 months old and has not been x-rayed yet. She must be 2 years old in order to get certified by OFA, greatly reducing the likelihood of having puppies with bad hips or elbows.

The household is in upheaval. Having 3 intact males in the house is crazy. I am grateful that Winston and Clyde get along so well. Johnny cannot be in the same room with them, so he gets to stay with his mother and sister, Nellie and Jane, who are both spayed.

Last night, no one was sleeping. I was desperate for sleep as I hadn’t slept well for the past few nights. I gave all three boys Benadryl, and took some myself. I could still hear them clawing at the doors. (My doors are a mess! If I ever sell this house, I have to replace the doors.) Finally, I turned on the TV in my bedroom to just drown out the noise. The tv station played a test emergency signal at 11am that awakened me. I slept a few hours at least.

Turns out, the Benadryl had a delayed effect on Johnny. He is still sleepy. He ate very little yesterday, and nothing so far today. Here he is, sacked out on the futon.

Johnny, on Benadryl
Winston and Clyde aren’t eating either. At least they are awake.
See See in my bedroom, away from the boys. She ate a little bit. She is on the 8th day of her cycle. Days 9-13 are usually the most fertile. Johnny, Clyde, and Winston say today is the day.

Intact males and females have very strong instincts to mate, and keeping them intact indefinitely is causes a great deal of stress unless they are bred. And allowing them to breed without concern for what happens to all the puppies is just cruel.

Please get your dog spayed or neutered. Remember, that for the health of your purebred GSD, wait until your dog is two years of age. This will prevent bone development problems. GSDs are the only breed with this recommendation to delay spaying and neutering until age 2 years.

Sunday, I participated in a Rescue “leg” of a journey from Alabama to Maine. I transported 7 lab mix puppies and their mother from Richmond to Springfield VA, just south of DC. They were going to less crowded shelters where they had a better chance of being adopted. This is just a drop in the bucket of all the efforts that volunteers went through to keep these and many other dogs and puppies from being euthanized. Please be responsible and kind to your pet by spaying and neutering.

The puppies mother got to see them for a bit, and then she rode in a separate crate in the van. This lady kept the mother overnight at her home in Richmond and delivered her to the transfer site for transport.
Two of the lab mix puppies I transported
Three of the 7 lab mix puppies I transported

If you would like to overnight dogs or puppies or transport them along interstate 95, contact Doris at 678-468-2524. She is the amazing coordinator for the rescue/transport group.

VKC dog class, last night

It was a small class because the Fishersville shows are this weekend, and people are bathing, grooming, and loading up. I’ve got See See, Liz has Clyde, and Ashley has her dog. Thank you Michael for shooting the video!

Notice how Clyde and See See are so distracted by each other! Very evident in this video that Ashley’s dog has lots more angulation than mine.

The T pattern in conformation at Virginia Kennel Club class

The T pattern is rarely seen anymore in the AKC ring. But, ya gotta be prepared for anything the judge throws at ya. Thank you Bob, for “judging” this nearly all GSD class, even though you are a sporting dog judge. Thank you Michael, for shooting the video.

Me and See See
Thank you Liz, for doing such a great job with Clyde on the T
4 GSDs in class!

Grandma’s China cabinet, Dad’s duck, Mom’s dishes, and playful puppies

Notice how calm Winston is while Clyde and See See are tumbling around.

My grandmother lived near Birch River, WV, and a man from the area built the cabinet from local cherry wood for her. My father killed the duck when he was a boy in Putnam County, WV. He never killed anything again. It was preserved by his taxidermist uncle. My mom collected vintage Fiestaware. Some of it was purchased by my aunt in the Boston area for my mom’s birthday and Christmas.

The puppies have no idea how careful they have to be. I trust the older dogs loose upstairs with the cabinet, but I watch the puppies carefully when they roughhouse nearby. As meaningful as the stuff is, if I had to pick between the stuff and the puppies, I would definitely pick the puppies.

A blast from the past, and future plans.

I’m getting a water neutralizer (my water is too acidic and it’s eating up my pipes) so I had to clean out a storage area in my house. I ran across these pics and decided to share.

My first dog, Silver, a Norwegian elkhound, with my dad in 1985.
Wally: Johnny and Jane’s sire, and Winston, Clyde, and See See’s grand sire. About 1996. I love his kind eyes.
Wally playing in a muddy field in Columbus, Ohio, about 1998.

Wally was my “heart” dog. The smartest thing I ever did was have his semen collected at Ohio State University when he was 5 years old. I lost half of it when a storage unit failed at the vet practice where I had Nellie implanted with it. But I still have enough for several breedings. It is now stored at Zoetis. I plan to use it again with See See.

See See is 25% Wally. Bred to Wally, her puppies will be 62.5% Wally. I can’t wait.

Winston wins Beginner Novice AKC obedience title!

I’m so proud of Winston. He did exceptionally well today and got his third leg which completes the qualifications for the BeginnerNovice title in AKC obedience. He scored 197.5 out of 200. This was the highest score of dogs entered in both Beginner Novice A and B competition.

I was very nervous about today because I really wanted him to finish the title qualifications. I was so nervous I forgot to ask Iris to video me again! I’m such a ditz. I did remember to ask her to video me actually receiving the ribbons and to get a pic with the judge. And I took a picture of the scoresheet.

Me and Winston, receiving our title ribbon
Judge Michael Mooney gave us our third leg/qualifying score and Beginner Novice title ribbon. The AKC certificate will come later in the mail.

Winston was entry # 402, first place with a score of 197.5.

Winston qualifies again!

Winston got a score of 194 today! He qualified for his second leg towards the Beginners Novice title. This was the highest score of all Beginner Novice participants today.

Me and Winston in Beginning Novice

He got a few points off for lagging during heeling, and I gave him an extra command on the recall, so points off for that too. He may have gotten a point off for moving his front feet on the sit stay. Thank you Iris, for shooting this video!