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puppies by structure; loyal Companions
and Protection by nature; Health and Longevity by good
genetics. Brought to you by a
thoughtful knowledgeable trusted
breeder of over 44 years.
Breeders of the finest quality Schutzhund/IPO
titled & Breed Surveyed German Shepherds in the United
States for over 44 years. Our breeding
the integrity of the
German Shepherd's heritage to preserve the human-canine bond.
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are NOT to replace a veterinarian visit; please take your dog to a vet
immediately at any sign of odd behavior or any symptoms of illness or
injury. Call your vet and describe your dog's symptoms with any of your
concerns about the dog's well-being. Your veterinarian may discover
changes in your dog's health that you have overlooked. It is always
better to err on the side of caution
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My beloved mother
(Dorothy Conner Merkel
Love, kindness & laughter was her gift to all.
Always on my mind forever in my heart!
90 Percent of Pet Foods May Cause Disease in Your Pet
THIS IS WHAT WE FEED
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Giant Breed Puppy
This formula is designed for those puppies
that will reach 50 pounds or more as an
adult. Its triple meat protein source builds
good solid muscle, providing optimum calcium
and phosphorus. In addition, there are
slightly fewer calories so that puppies
dont gain too much weight before their
bodies are ready to support it.
HOW TO GREET A DOG
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BEST INFORMATION YOU CAN EVER HAVE ON MEETING OTHER PEOPLES
DOGS-Children really need to learn this.
READING A DOGS BODY LANGUAGE
attribution (C) DFDK9
Canine body language
THIS is why you do not walk your dogs on asphalt or concrete
in the summer. If you see someone walking their dogs on
asphalt or concrete, PLEASE educated them and get the pet to
cooler ground. Original post was from Pet Ambulance Victoria
This should be sent to all the veterinarians including the specialists!
DOG PARK ALERT
We have received two notices.
(1) Nails wrapped in cheese at dog parks in Chicago and
Massachusetts (see pic). (2) from some friends that in
Augusta Maine dog park, antifreeze is being found in doggie
water bowls. Please beware and be careful and PLEASE SHARE
and spread the word
Ever wonder where puppy mill dogs come from? Here's an
example. Many get cooked alive in the sun and freeze to
death in the winter. If you purchase your dog from a pet
store, I can guarantee your "AKC" certified dog came from a
place like this. This one is even better than the ones
I saw in Iowa and Missouri!
Do you recognize she is a Yorkie?
Please do not purchase your pet from a Pet shop, Backyard
breeder or Commercial Puppy Mill.
ALL PETS RESCUES
needs your help!
"The man who rears a
dog must complete what the breeder began..." Max v. Stephanitz; Father of
the German Shepherd Dog
"Fun at the Beach"
just hanging out"
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This is a real
combination of symptoms that spells out EMERGENCY. These are the classic
symptoms of a condition referred to as "bloat" - a dog that is pacing,
restless and has unproductive attempts to vomit.
This is a common problem in large breed
deep-chested dogs but can also occur in smaller dogs.
Basically what happens is this - the
stomach twists causing the blood supply to the stomach to be compromised
then leads to tissue death. As tissues are damaged, toxins are released
and a sequence of events occurs that if left untreated, leads to death.
If you ever notice these symptoms in
your dog, call your local veterinarian or emergency clinic as soon as
This is a condition that is fairly
common and often occurs in the evening or nighttime hours. It is also a
very expensive condition to treat.
Dealing with Excessive Barking
The first step to stopping barking is to understand why it is
happening. Dogs bark for all kinds of reasons, including
anxiety, boredom and/or loneliness. Sometimes they bark just
because it feels good. Luckily, most dogs will respond to
one or other intervention to curtail their barking. Whether you
simply bring an outdoor dog inside or take the time to apply
behavior-modification techniques, you can cause a dog to be less
of a nuisance and to be more socially acceptable.
Removing Skunk Odor
No need for the tomato juice. Use a mixture of 10 parts hydrogen
peroxide to 1 part baking soda. Add a dash of degreasing
dishwashing soap and pour into a spray bottle. Spray liberally
over dry coat and allow to air dry. Avoid eyes. Works on other
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WHO LIKE BIRDING
FDA DOG FOOD RECALLS
Decision to Breed
or not to Breed
reprinted from http://www.nopuppymillscanada.ca
It is extremely important to
learn the facts and possible consequences in advance if you
are contemplating breeding your dog. In today's overcrowded
world, we - the wardens of our domestic pets - must make
responsible decisions for them and for ourselves. Please
review the following points carefully.
QUALITY: AKC, CKC,
UKC, USA, SV registration is NOT an indication of quality. Most
dogs, even purebred, should not be bred. Many dogs, though
wonderful pets, have defects of structure, personality or
health that should not be perpetuated. Breeding animals should
be proven free of these defects BEFORE starting on a
reproductive career. Breeding should only be done with the
goal of IMPROVEMENT - an honest attempt to create puppies
better than the sound, wonderful parents they come from.
Ignorance is NO excuse! Once you have created a life, you
can't take it back - even if it's blind, crippled or a canine
breeding is NOT a money making proposition, if done correctly.
Health care and shots, diagnosis of problemsand advance
genetic testing to determine quality and breedability, extra
food, proper facilities, stud fees, advertising, etc.are all
costly and must be paid BEFORE you sell any pups. An
unexpected Caesarean or emergency intensive care for a sick
pup, or even a litter of sick pups as often happens with parvo,
will make a break-even litter become a BIG liability.
First-time breeders have no reputation and no referrals to
help them find buyers. Previous promises of "I want adog just
like yours" evaporate. Consider the time and expense of caring
for pups that may not sell until 4 months, 8 months, or longer
... what WOULD you do? Send them to the pound? Dump them in
the country? Sell them cheap to a dog broker who may resell
them to research labs or other unsavory buyers? Veteran
breeders with a good reputation often don't even think about
breeding unless they have people waiting for the puppies, with
cash deposits in advance for an average-sized litter.
JOY OF BIRTH:
If you're doing it for the children's education, remember the
whelping may be at 3 AM, or at the vet's on the surgery table.
Even if the kids are present, they may get the chance to see
the birth of a monster or a mummy, or watch the dog they love
scream and bite you as you attempt to deliver a pup that is
half out and too large. Some bitches are not natural mothers,
and either ignore or savage their whelps. Bitches can have
severe delivery problems, or even die in whelp. Pups can be
born dead, or with gross deformities that require euthanasia.
Of course there can be joy, but if you can't deal with the
possibility of tragedy, don't breed.
breeders of quality dogs state they spend well over two hours
a day, every day, for months, to raise an average litter. The
bitch CANNOT be left alone while whelping, and only for short
periods for the first few days after. Be prepared for days off
work and sleepless nights. Even after delivery, mom needs care
and feeding, pups need daily checking, weighing,
socialization, and later grooming and training, and the
whelping box needs lots and lots of cleaning. More hours
are spent with paperwork, pedigrees and interviewing buyers.
If you have any abnormal conditions, such as sick puppies or a
bitch who can't or won't care for her babies, count on double
the time. If you can't provide the time, you will either have
dead pups or poor ones that are bad tempered, antisocial,
dirty and/or sickly - hardly a buyer's delight.
RESPONSIBILITIES: It's midnight ... do you know
where your puppies are? There are more than FIVE MILLION
unwanted dogs put to death in pounds in this country EACH
year, with millions more dying homeless and unwanted of
starvation, disease, from automobiles, abuse, etc. A quarter
or more of the victims of this unspeakably tragicsituation are
purebred dogs "with papers." The breeder who creates a life is
responsible for that life. Will you carefully screen potential
buyers? Or will you just take the money and not worry if the
puppy is chained in a junk yard all of its life or runs in the
street to be killed? Will you turn down a sale to
irresponsible owners? Or will you say "yes" and not think
about that little puppy you held and loved now having a litter
every time she comes in heat, which fills the pounds with MORE
statistics - YOUR grandpups? Would you be prepared to take
back a grown puppy if the owners could no longer care for it?
Or can you live with the thought that the baby YOU caused to
be brought into this world will be destroyed at the pound?
Because of these facts, dog breeding is best left to the
What makes a breeder professional?
A professional breeder is one who has
made a lifetime commitment to the well-being and IMPROVEMENT
of one,possibly two, breeds.
A professional has studied and researched
his breed and knows, intimately, its history and Standard,
its strong points and drawbacks.
A professional has spent time, effort and
MONEY researching and proving the qualities and health of
her potential breeding stock. Those that do not prove out
are NOT bred. She plans a litter only with the goal of
puppies better than the parents, not for profit or vanity.
A professional considers his dogs' health
and well-being far more important than their ability to
A professional has both the time and mental
fortitude to BE THERE for her breeding dogs and her puppies.
She evaluates her litters and makes every effort to match
puppy to buyer in temperament, attitude, and energy level.
A professional is, first and foremost,
selling only to responsible, loving homes. While some
exceptional pups may be saved for special show homes, the
professional does not force entangling contracts or
arrangements for "puppies back" on people who are only
interested in a pet.
A professional keeps in periodic contact
with the owners of puppies he's sold, not only to see the
development of his breeding program, but also because he
cares about them.
A professional does NOT have so many dogs
that she has no time for individual attention, play and
grooming, or has to skimp on food quality, space, preventive
medicine and health care.
A professional assumes responsibility for
the life he creates - carefully screening buyers, helping
find new homes, making a comfortable life for his retirees
and yes, being able to make the decision to euthanize when a
puppy born with a mental or physical problem has no chance
for a quality life.
A professional builds a good reputation
slowly, based on dedication and consistent quality, not on
volume, advertising, or from a casual or self-glorifying
A professional goes further and assumes some
responsibility for the problems of her breed as a whole -
she belongs to an organization for the breed, she continues
to read about new developments, and she works to reduce the
number of her breed that are carelessly bred, ill cared for,
A professional can look at a bigger picture
than dog show wins or puppy sales, and contributes in some
way to the betterment of dogs as a whole.
Educated owners want to buy from such
professionals. If you want to join the professional ranks,
involve yourself in a club for your breed, and take advantage
of the knowledge and experience you will find in your fellow
members. Begin the months and years of research that will be
necessary for you to know your breed thoroughly before you
think about breeding a litter. If you feel this is MORE
obligation than you care to take on, choose the RESPONSIBLE
alternative - have your pet spayed or neutered!
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