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Show puppies by Anatomy; Loyal Companions and Protection by Nature; Health and Longevity by good genetics; and proven by Health Testing Certifications. Brought to you by a thoughtful knowledgeable trusted breeder of over 45 years. Breeders of the finest quality Schutzhund/IPO titled & Breed Surveyed German Shepherds in the United States. Our breeding program maintains the integrity of the German Shepherd's heritage to preserve the ideal human-canine bond. 

Our Merkel Geneology is from
Haßloch, Germany

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Haus Merkel
   Breeder Name: Dyan Merkel
   Location: North Texas
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   Hip/Elbow Certifications: Yes
   Degenerative Myopathy Certifications: Yes
   Thyroid tests: Yes
   CERF tests: No

   Titles/certifies breeding stock in discipline?: Yes

   Raises breeding stock from puppies: Yes
   Titles dogs bred on premise:  Yes
   Imports titled breeding stock: Yes
   Buys from other Breeders:  NO MORE!

   Has trained in Schutzhund: Yes
   HOT from puppy to SchH3: Yes
   HOT and bred to SchH3: Yes

   Show ratings: Yes
   Breed survey: Yes

   V Putz vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
   V Ulla vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
   V Zessa vom Haus Merkel SchH2, IPO3, Kkl1a
   V Riesa vom Haus Merkel SchH2, Kkl 1a
   V Puma vom Haus Merkel SchH2, Kkl 1a
   V Emma vom Haus Merkel SchH1, Kkl 1a
   SG Wickie vom Haus Merkel IPO1 a
   SG Vessa vom Haus Merkel IPO1 a
   SG1 Clar vom Haus Merkel SchH1 a
   Ch Merkel's Opium SchH1
   V Merkel's Arletta SchH1, a
   SG, VP2 Nixe vom Haus Merkel BH, AD, a
   SG Feli vom Haus Merkel BH, AD, a
   Ch Merkel's Leica UDT, OFA
   Merkel's Leibchen Shiloh UDT, OFA
   Ch Merkels Sangria UDT, OFA
   United States Grand Victrix
   Ch Merkels Vendetta  ROM, OFA
   Ch Merkel' Quaestor CD, ROM, OFA
   Ch Merkel's Essence UD, OFA
   Merkel's Coda vom Jennerick CDX, OFA
   National Certified Search & Rescue
   Lieb vom Haus Merkel OFA,
   National Obedience Winner
Ch Merkel's Cut Up of Timmee UDT, OFA
   Certified United States Service Dog
   Bryn vom Haus   Merkel CGC, OFA
   Certified United States Service Dog
Fred vom Haus Merkel
   Ch Merkel's The Cutting Edge OFA
   Ch Merkel's Virtual Reality OFA
   Ch Merkel's Tequila CD, OFA
   Ch Merkel's Sante Fe OFA
   Merkel's Spellbound ROM,
   Merkel's Emma ROM , OFA

   Merkel's Estes CD, near ROM
   2009 Annual Achievement Award Recipient
   Ch Merkel's Heart's are Wild
   Ch Merkel's Heart to Heart CD, OFA
   World Sieger Larus von Batu SchH3 Kkl 1a
   World Sieger Zamp vom Thermodos SchH3, Kkl 1
   World Sieger Yasko vom Farbenspiel SchH3,Kkl 1a
   VA Dux della Valcuvia SchH3, Kkl1a


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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!


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.

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"Fun at Work"

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 possible.

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.  READ MORE...


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 objects, too!

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Epilepsy: Treatable in Dogs

By Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
itnessing a seizure can be one of the most frightening experiences we, as pet owners, encounter. Not only does it appear as if the pet is in pain, it also reminds us that we do not always have control of our pet's health. When we think of seizures, most of us think of the disease epilepsy. Epilepsy is the term for a disease that causes recurring seizures. Seizures are described as a sudden, usually brief, attack of altered consciousness, motor activity, or sensory phenomena. Seizures are caused by uncoordinated firing of the neurons (nerve cells) within the cerebrum (the front portion of the brain). Seizures are also called convulsions or "fits."

If a patient is in status epilepticus, the veterinarian will give an injectable drug like Valium, to stop the seizure.
Seizures can occur singly or in groups. In general, a single, brief seizure is not life threatening. When seizures occur one after another in a group and continue, this is termed "status epilepticus" or simply "status." If your pet is in status, a veterinarian should see him immediately so the seizures can be controlled. If the seizures are not stopped, the animal can die from a combination of factors.


It is important to remember that your pet is not feeling pain because of the seizure. In fact, the nature of seizures is such that the animal does not know what's happening. Some pet owners confuse the jerking that happens when a pet is asleep with a seizure - your pet can be awakened from a dream, but not from a seizure.

What triggers a seizure?
The actual triggering of a seizure is unknown, but most patients tend to seizure during periods of excitability. Often, the owner will state that the patient seizures while playing ball or when the children returned home from school. Some patients have been known to seizure while sleeping. Please do not confuse this with dreaming, where it is common for the patient to bark or shake while sleeping. A dreaming patient can be awakened, but a seizuring patient cannot.
What you should do if your pet is having a seizure
  • Remain calm.
  • Do not get near the animal's mouth because you may get bitten inadvertently. Your pet will not swallow his tongue during a seizure.
  • Keep your pet from hurting himself by removing anything he may knock over or break during the seizure.
  • Observe your pet and time the seizure. Call your veterinarian if your pet's seizure lasts more than 10 minutes or if he is in status. This is a medical emergency.
Phases of a seizure
  • Pre-ictal phase or pre-seizure: Often called the aura, this phase is characterized by restlessness, staring into space, unusual affection-seeking behavior, salivating, whining, or hiding.
  • Ictus: This is the seizure itself. It is termed grand mal when the whole body is involved and the animal is totally unaware of his surroundings. The animal typically "paddles" his legs, jerks, exhibits uncontrollable muscle activity, salivates profusely, and often urinates or defecates. When an animal experiences a petit mal seizure, he briefly loses consciousness without seizuring. The ictal period generally lasts less than five minutes.
  • Post-ictal phase: This is the recovery period that occurs after the seizure. It is often characterized by disorientation, lack of coordination, wandering, or sleeping for a long period of time. It may also include temporary blindness. The post-ictal period generally lasts for less than an hour, but can go on for days. During the post-ictal period it is important to be there to comfort your pet since he did not realize what he was experiencing during ictus.
Other causes of seizures
Seizures are not always caused by epilepsy. Other causes include:
  • Toxins
  • Infections
  • Drug overdose
  • Trauma to the head (e.g., if a pet is hit by a car)
  • Complications from metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, kidney, or liver disease
  • Overheating
One or two seizures, with a long period in between, are usually nothing to be alarmed about. If there are more than two seizures, or if you have any concerns, make sure you call your veterinarian. Even if your pet has one seizure, be sure to note it and inform your veterinarian at your pet's next examination.


Epilepsy generally starts in animals 6 months to 5 years of age, usually at 2-3 years.

Epilepsy occurs in all breeds, including mixed breeds. Epilepsy can be a genetic trait. It can even be familial, where the epileptic disorder can pass down through generations within one family. Beagles, German Shepherds, Irish Setters, Poodles, Saint Bernards, Springers, Malamutes and Huskies, Cockers, Collies, Dachshunds, and Golden and Labrador Retrievers are some of the breeds which have a higher tendency to develop epilepsy. It is recommended that dogs with epilepsy not be used for breeding, since this tendency can be inherited.

Diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy

Your veterinarian will determine if your pet has epilepsy and the appropriate treatment, if necessary.

First, your veterinarian will perform a detailed history of your pet. Certain information from you will help your veterinarian immensely in making the diagnosis. This information includes:

  • What does your pet look like when he is having seizures?


  • What is the duration of each seizure and how often do they occur?


  • Are there signs that only appear on one side of your pet (is one side worse than the other)?


  • Has your pet had a high fever?


  • Has your pet been exposed to any toxins?


  • Has your pet experienced any trauma recently or years ago?


  • Is your pet current on vaccinations?


  • Has your pet been recently boarded or with other dogs?


  • Has your pet had any other signs of illness?


  • Has your pet been running loose in the last several weeks?


  • What and when does your pet eat?


  • Has your pet had any behavior changes? Do the seizures occur in a pattern related to exercise, eating, sleeping, or certain activities?


  • Does your pet show different signs right before or right after the seizures?

Your veterinarian will perform a physical and neurological exam and a panel of laboratory tests. Sometimes x-rays (radiographs) are taken. If the cause of the seizure cannot be identified, the condition is diagnosed as idiopathic or primary epilepsy. There is no test to diagnose epilepsy per se. Our tests simply rule out other causes of seizures.

Generally, treatment is only given if there are multiple seizures in some sort of pattern. Medication will only control the duration, severity, or number of seizures. If necessary, your veterinarian will prescribe a daily anticonvulsant (seizure-controlling medication), like Phenobarbital, or Primadone, which are also used for human epilepsy. For dogs that cannot tolerate other long-term seizure medications, a drug that is no longer manufactured commercially, potassium bromide, can be compounded by Drs. Foster & Smith Pharmacy. Potassium bromide is an anticonvulsant sometimes used in conjunction with other anti-seizure medications as well.

Your veterinarian will most likely have to experiment to see what dose will work with your pet's particular condition. Although treatment for epilepsy is lifelong, once the proper dose is determined, it is not difficult to treat a pet with epilepsy.

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