CAUTION … when boarding your dog!

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I would like to share a word of wisdom to my friends and family. As a GSD breeder, I always caution my puppy customers to be careful of the trainer or training facility you use to help with your pup’s training, well now, I have a new caution!!

BE CAUTIOUS WHERE YOU BOARD YOUR DOGS, OR WHO CARES FOR THEM! This story aired on the Houston, Texas KHOU news this evening. BEWARE FOLKS!!!  Warning, the news story in the link below is heart wrenching!  CLICK on the photo to watch the story.

Lux Story

 

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Eos takes “step 2” in Herding training

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At 6 months old, Eos von Orumhaus has her second introduction to sheep.  Her owner, Elizabeth Robison, is taking the video, so Eos is trying to work her into the “herd” too.  Keep up the good work Beth and Eos!

IT’S HOT and Sultry in Texas this summer, but the rest of you are heating up too!

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As our summer heats up … while we humans are “sweating” our makeup and sunscreen off, our beloved pets and working dogs are suffering too.  Here are a few Summer Tips to keep your pup safe this summer:

  • Even though it’s summer, we still want to go for walks.  While walking, remember that the surface temperature on concrete or pavement (ground to 2’ up) is much hotter than higher air space (our body level), even the ground (grass dirt) radiates heat upward.  Extreme surface temperatures can cause burns on your pup’s foot pads and temperatures in the 90’s and 100’s can cause excessive heat stress or even heatstroke.   Try to take your walks in the early morning or late in the evening.  Learn the warning signs of heat stress.
  • When walking, take a bottle of water for you and a bottle for your dog.  Lots of folks use a bottle with a squirt thing on them, that way you can squirt water in the mouth, and also wet the face.  I also carry a collapsible bowl that folds flat too, that way I don’t waste the water.  I also like to partially freeze the water bottle, and then it’s still cool when they need a little drink.
  • Another thing I do in the summer is to change the time of day that I feed to early morning, or if you must feed at night, do it very late in the evening, not during the heat of the day.
  • If you like to walk in the evenings, don’t feed BEFORE the walk, wait until you get home and allow your dog at least an hour to cool down and relax before you offer food.
  • Leaving your dog in the car while you go in the store or a restaurant is a REAL NO – NO!  Even with the windows down, the car temperatures rise very, very quickly.  Oh, … and dog’s that ride in the pickup bed get overheated too, ventilation in a crate when the truck is stopped, is still very hot.  If you must leave your dog in a crate in the back of your truck, remember to park in the SHADE, get him a portable fan and give him a drink of cool water and a potty break when you get back to the truck!
  • OTHER TIPS MAY BE FOUND AT:

 

HAVE A SAFE SUMMER and a Happy 4th of July!

Information TIP from Purina!

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Purina Pro Plan has a new App for your iPhone or iPad!  It has some good information and also some good training video tips.  So, if you have an iPhone, you may want to check  out the P5 app  … IT’S FREE.

P5For more information, visit their site at:   http://www.proplan.com/p5/

…just good info!

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The American Kennel offers a variety of information on all breeds of dogs.  However, in this month’s issue of the AKC Family Dog Magazine, there are two very good articles that each of you may be interested in.  VIEW THE ONLINE ISSUE HERE

  1. First-Year Feeding Your Large Breed Puppy – (page 12-13)
  2. When the going gets tough – you want a German Shepherd Dog by your side! – (pages 28-31)

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CONGRATS to Nevaeh (Ursula von Orumhaus) and her owner, Caroline Youngblood! This morning, they made their first ever therapy dog visit inside St. Joseph’s hospital in Bryan, Texas. Nevaeh did well but Caroline will do a little more training with Nevaeh. Nevaeh thinks a certain command/hand signal means to jump into the bed. According to Caroline, that will not work. Nevaeh did end up in one patients bed :0, but the patient said, “It made my day!” Overall, Neveah was well received by patients and staff. And I’m sure they were both wonderful ambassadors for the therapy dog program. I am very proud of Nevaeh and Caroline. WAY TO GO!

My Deepest Sympathies …

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It is with much sorrow that I announce the passing of Herr Karl Fuller, breeder and founder of the Kirschental Kennels in Germany, at the age of 85 years old, on Saturday, September 22, 2012.  Karl has been ill for many months, and my prayers go out to his wife, Marion and their family.

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 The legacy of Karl Fuller and the Kirschental Kennels in Germany will remain a part of the history of the German Shepherd Dog as long as the breed is with us.  Karl and Marion Fuller has been a great source of bloodline information and taught me so much about herding lines over the years.  I will continue to treasure my memories of Karl Fuller and his beloved German Shepherds.

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