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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Nap time

Mary Ann

Mother & daughter having a snooze.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Night Vision

This is the camera view in the dark of night. I love technology!

Sent from my iPad

Wednesday, 28 December 2016


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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Heating Box

Mary Ann

This is where they go when I'm changing bedding. Since they were all asleep and content I just put the whole box in the whelping box. Cruz is rather confused. She wants to envelop them. She doesn't know I have a heating pad in there to keep them warm.

They are here!

8 puppies. 4 males 4 females. Everybody is healthy and doing great. The first 48 hours are crucial. If they gain weight every 12 hours things will be as they should be. Cruz can be in danger for up to a week after birth so she has to be monitored closely. Off to get some sleep! Just thought you'd like to know.
Mary Ann

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Mary Ann

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from myself, Cruz and all the gang at Guardian Angel Shepherds!

Friday, 23 December 2016

The warming box

Mary Ann

Sorry. Forgot an essential item! The pups that are already born get transferred here while Mom is delivering the next pup. This prevents them from being stepped on while Mom looks for the exact place she wants to deliver the next one.

Whelping Supplies

Here are all the things that will help with the upcoming whelping. The only thing you don't see is the baby bottles which are in the dishwasher right now.

Mary Ann

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Whelping box all ready to go.

This is a view from my 24/7 camera. It shows me what's going on at all times. This view is seen in complete darkness. It won't bother Mom or the pups at all. It also has audio so if I'm asleep and a pup is in distress, I'll know about it!
Mary Ann

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Here's Cruz getting some much needed sleep.  She is 6.5/9 weeks pregnant.  She's already getting very uncomfortable and panting in the evenings when none of the other dogs are.  There's not a lot of room for lungs in there!  She is consuming 3 times the calories as she normally would but only getting fat in the right places!  I'm going to have to kick Indy out of "her room" to allow Cruz to have somewhere to have her puppies.  It's been over 3 years since it has been used as a whelping room and Indy (Alpha) just kind of took it over.  It wasn't a problem until now.  That process should prove interesting!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Cruz is doing great!

Cruz is doing wonderfully well.  A little slower to get up than usual but other than that, she's great!  Her waist line pre-breeding was 28 inches.  I measured her a couple of days ago and she's now sitting at 32 inches!  There's an old wives tale that states you can tell how many puppies they are having by how many inches they increase.  So if I measure her a few days ahead of her whelping date, that should give us a rough idea.  But I think the better thing to do is an x-ray to get a better idea!  They are not 100% correct all the time but they give you a good general idea.  I don't do that because I'm impatient and want to know how many pups she is having as soon as possible!  I do it for the health of the Mom.  If I know there are 8 pups in there and she has given birth to six but nothing has progressed for many hours, I know there might be a pup stuck.  That can be life threatening to Mom and the remaining pups.  I need to get the vet here right away!  

But the x-ray can be wrong at times.  I've had the x-ray tell me 8 pups and there was 10!  2 pups were hiding behind the others!  So sometimes I get x-rays and sometimes I don't.  It's a judgement call I make shortly before whelping.  Will I do it this time?  Who knows!  You will all have to wait and see!


Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Tribute to Shiloh

A Tribute to Marcellus' Divine Intervention aka Shiloh

Shiloh has crossed the rainbow bridge at the age of 11.5 years.  Shiloh owned Debra Lamb and the two of them were inseparable for 11 1/2 years.  I first met Debra 12 years ago when she came to visit, looking for a K9 partner.  She was the perfect fit for a Guardian Angel Shepherd.  Loving, caring, attentive and the list goes on.  She took home Marcellus' Divine Intervention.  Shiloh was a Kahlua/Justice puppy.  She had lots of energy but lots of wisdom too.  She impressed me one day when she was inside a wire crate sleeping.  I called the puppies to dinner and the opening of the crate was facing away from the door.  She could easily see all the pups scrambling out the door and down the hall towards their dinner bowls.  She was jumping at the wall of the crate when all of a sudden she just stopped.  You could see the cogs in her head spinning.  All of a sudden she turned around and bolted in the opposite direction.  The direction of the open door.  For a 4 week old puppy to figure out if she went away from where she wanted to go to get to where she wanted to go amazed me!  Heck!  She just learned how to walk a week ago!  She continued to impress me until it was time for her to go to her new home at 8 weeks old.  From what I understand, she continued to impress people her whole life!

Debra stayed in touch with me over the years and I was always excited to see new pictures of what they were up to lately.  You could tell they had an incredible bond.

Debra has made a short video to honour Shiloh's life on YouTube.  Please check it out and if you can, please leave Debra your  condolences.  Shiloh  was a great dog and she will be sadly missed by many dogs and people alike.

Marcellus' Divine Intervention aka Shiloh

Mary Ann

Friday, 2 December 2016

Cruz & Rommel have been bred!  If everything goes according to plan, we will have puppies just after Christmas!

If you're wondering why Cruz is missing the tip of her right ear, she can thank Auntie Isis for that!  Playtime got a little too rough!  I took her to the vet and they tried to stitch the split together but it wasn't successful.  We ended up with one pointy ear and one rounded one!  It's a long way from her heart!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Achilles is for sale

It is with heavy heart that I must find Achilles a new home. He is a Guardian Angel Shepherd and he is 5 years old. He is absolutely stunning and has the old time German head. He weighs 110 pounds. His Father was Diesel and his Mother is Isis who is still going strong at 13 years. I wanted to use him as a stud dog but alas, he is not fertile. He is very well trained, good with kids, female dogs, horses & cattle. His price is $5000. I would suggest neutering him as well. You must have had experience with dominant German Shepherds or other large dogs in the past. He is very courageous and must have a knowledgeable owner. At home he's a mush and loves to cuddle. Fetch is definitely a priority too. But if he doesn't know you he will lay in the corner and quietly watch to make sure you mind your P's and Q's. If you'd like more information, please call 403-556-3635 or email with "Achilles" in the subject line. To approved homes only.

Friday, 17 June 2016

57 Successful Search and Rescues!

Mr Green (Ranger) at 6 weeks
Ranger at 12 Years

I had a visitor the other day.  This is Ranger.  He is 12 years old.  He is a Guardian Angel Shepherd.  He has 57 successful SARs under his belt!  Amazing!  As if that wasn't enough! He was a very successful security dog as well.  His owner told me many stories about all his successful security endeavours.  Here's just one.  There is a LARGE motorcycle ride to collect money against cancer that goes through several towns in Central Alberta.  Most riders are wonderful but there are a few that have seen rough lives.  The local town hired extra security just to be on the safe side.  Late in the evening Dan & Ranger got called into one of the bars.  The motorcyclists were minding their own business but the local young males decided they'd pick a fight with them.  When they got there it was an all out brawl.  Ranger was commanded to "watch" and started barking.  That got everybody's attention real quick.  Everyone involved were told to leave, which they did.  When Dan and Ranger went outside, the motorcyclists had carried on their way but the locals were a block away in a parking lot.  They saw the security pair and started toward them screaming obscenities and challenging the two.  There were 7 drunk young men, looking for a fight.  Dan did what was required of him.  "STOP!  This is a security dog!  If you continue he WILL bite!"  They just kept coming.  "STOP!  HE WILL BITE IN DEFENSE!"  They kept coming.  They surrounded Dan and Ranger.  Dan allowed Ranger enough leash to ALMOST reach one of the assailants.  That was enough for them!  Off they slunk trying to keep as much pride as they could.  Still yelling obscenities as they disappeared into the darkness.   YAY RANGER!  If he hadn't been there, there could have been a very different outcome.  I am so PROUD of Ranger and Dan both.  If it hadn't been for the expert training and the great bloodlines, things would have been different.  You won't see a show line Shepherd doing that!

Mary Ann

PS - You can see a picture of Dan & Ranger on the front page of my website.  Back in his prime.  Ranger is very healthy but has retired from service.  Even after his life of hard work, he is doing just fine!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Back From Surgery

I have just returned from surgery and will be out of commission for 2-3 weeks.  Surgery was successful but there was a complication of a pinched nerve in my neck causing numbness on the left side of my face, tongue and left arm.  My left arm is not working properly which is a really strange feeling.  Works well from the elbow down but I can't move my arm more than 30 degrees away from my body and it has no strength.  I will be laying low, catching up on educational material  and working at getting stronger again.  I'm hoping to get back to my youtube videos during this time as well.  Things just got too busy to keep up but hopefully I can catch up again!  Thanks for your patience at this time.  I appreciate it.

Monday, 23 May 2016

250 pounds of dog!

This was my view when I woke up. If you can't figure out what it is, it's Rommel, Isis and Cruz squished into the small area beside my bed. Actually it's just Isis and Cruz that's squished. Rommel looks quire comfortable!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Isis and her "stick"

Isis is a bad word these days but MY Isis is a good thing! She was named 13 years ago after the goddess of fertility. She was bought at 8 weeks of age from the Czech Republic. So Isis, for me, is a good word! Here she is, still out playing, with the younger dogs.

My kennel building

Finally! My building is useable! Panels, flooring, double doggie door! I'm in heaven! And so are the dogs!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Isis and Indy at 3 month old

I found some old dog photos hidden on my computer.  I can't believe how cute they are!



Monday, 11 January 2016


I've never seen a dog so happy as when Nova is either playing fetch or tug!  She LIVES for those games.  Check out my video on my new YouTube channel to learn more about Tug. Learn the three rules that you need to know and find out if you should be playing tug at all!  Don't miss the next exciting vignette!  Subscribe!  Here's the link to the video.

Mary Ann

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