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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Zulu Graduates Intermediate Obedience !

My Computer Crashed!

My sincere apologies for those people waiting to hear back from me. Somehow I ZAPPED my computer with static electricity and everything went black!! Not a good feeling! I had to take it in to the Geeks at Best Buy to have them recover everything I had on my computer. So it's been almost 2 weeks since I've replied to anyone so my deepest apologies. Thank goodness I had my back up drive hooked up and up to date when it happened! Otherwise everything would have been gone. A very scary feeling. I just sat down at my desk and reached over to adjust my screen and ZAP! It got me pretty good but I was less worried about the pain as I was when I saw everything go black! But we are now up and running again so I should be able to catch up with the emails. Feel free to send me another email if you'd like. But theoretically they should all be in my inbox now.

Hope everyone is having a great winter thus far. It's been crazy warm here so I'm definitely okay with that!

Mary Ann

Sunday, 19 November 2017

This Makes Me Sick! Horrific!!

I was browsing through the dogs for sale section in the GSD World classifieds.  This puppy from Serbia was shown to be the excellent puppy from a previous litter.  They were selling the dam.  It's the most disturbing dog thing I've ever seen! 


Mary Ann



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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dogs on the ...

Ok. I'm used to having dogs on the couch but this is ridiculous!

Mary Ann

Mary Ann

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Beware of Unqualified Trainers

I can't believe the internet ate my post!  It was over 1000 words long and it's just gone.

Summary: don't be fooled by "certified master trainers" who have had 3 month of training.  I have the same credentials as the teachers of the schools they went to, but I have no fancy words to go with my name.  Only 45 years of service to the dog industry and a desire to keep learning.  I've been a Canadian Kennel Club Member in good standing for 30 years and am a Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers.  But no fancy name.  Just Mary Ann

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The cost of my puppies

My puppies are expensive.  I don't deny that.  Or apologize for that.  Most often I find the man of the couple hesitating the most.  Just like what happened today.  A very nice couple came to meet the dogs (and me I suppose!)  We spent 2 and a half hours talking all things dogs.  We had a great time reminiscing about dogs previous, told stories about dogs current and what we wanted in future dogs.  A lovely time was had by all!  Near the end of the conversation, the gentleman said to me, "When my wife told me yesterday how much your puppies were I was shocked!  I really wasn't interested in spending that much money.  But now, having met you, and met all these wonderful dogs, I understand completely why you ask the price that you do. I am absolutely comfortable purchasing a dog from you at that price."  I'm paraphrasing.

That sentiment is echoed time after time, after time.  You don't know how great these dogs are until you come and see them for yourself.  And you don't know how much knowledge I have to share after being in the dog industry for almost 50 years!  (In case you're trying to do the math, I started training dogs when I was 11.)  You don't know how passionate I am to make sure you get the exact dog that will fit perfectly with your family.  If it's not the perfect match, I won't sell you a dog.  That's it.  Plain and simple.  I don't want your money.  I want a perfect match.  I need money to care for my dogs.  Those that have been here know I live in an old farm house and drive an old Jeep.  And my visitors were surprised today when I told them my dogs can eat 500 pounds of dog food per MONTH!  And then add in the expense of bringing in new dogs from Europe for tens of thousands of dollars, each, so that my breeding lines remain pure working lines so I can provide you with the best dog I possibly can.  But I've gotten off track here.  I can list a whole bunch more expenses but the point I was trying to make was, my dog's are absolutely worth every single penny and more.  

And the really cool thing about all this is, not only do people agree with me about how great my dogs are once they come and visit, but owners still agree with me years down the road, when their dogs are geriatric and still going strong! 

I'm so proud of my dogs and all they have become and all they have accomplished.  Therapy dogs, SAR dogs, family dogs that have literally saved their families life and even one dog who saved the life of a complete strange by taking on a bear in full charge!  I couldn't be more PROUD!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Breeding Cruz Soon

Cruz has finally come into heat.  Last year she was bred Oct. 31 and she is just starting into heat now.  That means she's almost a month later.  Hopefully she will be standing for Rommel in the next 7-14 days.  Keep your fingers crossed everyone!  For those who missed out on getting a deposit on this litter, I hope to be breeding Nova a little later with puppies arriving in late Spring.


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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Puppy Building

Little by little things are getting finished in the puppy building. The love seat and chair were donated by my son and his wife. These photos are taken from the dogs point of view.

The puppies start life in the house. At the age of 4 weeks they need more room to build muscle and coordination so we built them this beautiful place.   At 6 weeks they move to indoor/outdoor facilities to accustom them to the sights and sounds of the great outdoors!

Mary Ann

Mary Ann