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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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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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Heart Murmurs

Dr. Mark Rishniw, ACVIM

My pet has a heart murmur – what does this mean?

A heart murmur is one of several types of abnormal sounds your veterinarian can hear when listening to your pet’s heart with a stethoscope.  Normally, two distinct sounds are heard when listening to the heart of a normal dog or cat.   These are often described as “lub” and “dub”.   When listening with a stethoscope one hears: Lub-dub...Lub-dub....Lub-dub.

A murmur is an abnormal extra sound (which can sometimes drown out the normal sounds).  Murmurs most commonly occur between the “lub” and the “dub” and have a “shooshing” or “whooshing” quality. 


(Audio files courtesy of Dr. Clarence Kvart from his book Cardiac Auscultation & Phonocardiography, Dog, Cat, Horse)

Hearing a heart murmur during a routine physical examination will often be the first hint to your veterinarian that your pet has heart disease.  Hearing a murmur is only a hint that something may be wrong (a clinical sign), not a final diagnosis.   Hearing a murmur is reason to consider more discussion and tests to determine the cause of the murmur (the diagnosis).   Knowing the diagnosis and severity of the cause of the murmur allows your veterinarian (or a cardiologist they consult) to provide you with an educated guess (prognosis) regarding how this heart problem may effect your pet in the future. 

Hearing a murmur is not a reason to panic.  Many dogs and cats with murmurs live normal lives and never need any treatment for heart disease.   But the only way to know for certain is to work with your veterinarian to determine the cause and severity of the cause of the murmur.

What causes a heart murmur?

The short answer to this question is “turbulent blood flow.”  Like the water in a calm river or stream, blood flowing normally flows through the heart with laminar flow – that is, it is smooth and undisturbed.  And like a river or stream, narrowing or other causes of more rapid flow will disrupt this smooth laminar flow.  In a river the turbulent rapids emit sounds much louder and less tranquil than the calmer sections of river.  In the heart we hear this turbulence as a murmur.

There are lots of things that can cause turbulent flow.  To understand what can cause turbulent flow we need a brief lesson in heart anatomy and function:

In Figure 1 below, we can see that a dog or cat’s heart has four chambers – two atria and two ventricles (one of each on each side). Blood initially enters the heart in the right atrium.  The blood then passes through the tricuspid valve into the right ventricle which pumps the blood through the pulmonic valve into the lungs to pick up oxygen (among other things).  The oxygenated blood then enters the left atrium.  Blood in the left atrium passes through the mitral valve to reach the left ventricle, which then pumps the blood through the aortic valve out to the rest of the body.  

The purpose of each of the valves (tricuspid, pulmonic, mitral, aortic) is to keep the blood flowing forward, not backward,  through the circuit described above (RA->RV-> lung > LA>LV>body).  If a valve malfunctions (e.g., it doesn’t open or close properly), it can disturb blood flowing through it enough to create turbulence and the result is that your veterinarian will hear a murmur.  The most common murmurs in dogs are associated with leaky mitral valves.



In other cases, the turbulence develops because there is a “hole in the heart” between two chambers or two arteries that are not normally connected.

Another cause is a narrowing (stenosis) within a chamber or vessel through which the blood has to “squeeze” through, like water through a pinched hose.

Finally, turbulence can be heard when the blood is too “thin” (anemia) or even when a patient is very excited causing the heart to pump faster and harder than normal.

What is a benign or “innocent” murmur?

Some heart murmurs are called benign (or innocent or physiological), meaning there is no apparent heart disease that explains the murmur.  These murmurs are often seen in puppies, and can occur in cats of any age.  They are uncommon in adult dogs.  Benign murmurs are usually soft (rather than loud), and can be intermittent.  Benign puppy murmurs will generally disappear by 12 to 15 weeks of age.  Murmurs associated with anemia or  excitement are also considered benign murmurs.

What is a congenital murmur vs. an acquired murmur?

A congenital murmur is a murmur in a pet that is present from birth (or near birth).  Congenital murmurs are associated with heart defects that the pet was born with.  However, some congenital murmurs may be missed in puppies or kittens and only detected later in life. 

An acquired murmur is a murmur that a pet acquires during their life.  These can be benign, but more often (especially in dogs) are associated with developing heart or valve disease.

My pet’s murmur has a “grade.”  What does this mean?

Murmur grading is simply your veterinarian’s way of describing the loudness of a murmur.  There are six murmur grades.  The lower the grade, the quieter the murmur.  However, it is often easiest to simply describe them as “soft,” “moderately,” or “loud.”  There are other terms that a vet will use to describe the character of a murmur – this helps communicate to other veterinarians the characteristics of the murmur as certain types of murmurs are more common associated with specific heart or valve diseases. 

The grade or loudness of the murmur is only sometimes related to the severity of the heart abnormality causing it.

Bear in mind that grading is subjective because it is based on how it sounds to the listener. Also, it’s hard to tell if an animal has a heart murmur if the pet is excited or anxious because rapid breathing sounds can mimic a murmur. Usually, only a trained cardiologist can identify a Grade 1 murmur.  A Grade 5 or Grade 6 murmur is so strong that it can be felt through the chest wall (like water being sprayed against a sheet of cloth).

What should I do if my pet has a murmur?

In many cases, a veterinarian will be able to determine the likely cause of a murmur in a dog just by listening.  In some cases, no additional testing will be deemed necessary.  However, to be certain, it is often best to work with your veterinarian to confirm the cause of the murmur as well as the severity of the condition that is causing the murmur.  This will give you the best idea of what to expect in the future -- the prognosis for your pet.  In other cases, where a pet may be used for breeding, a murmur may indicate the presence of a hereditary defect that could be passed on to progeny.

The cause of a cat’s murmur cannot usually be determined by listening alone.  In many cats, benign murmurs can sound exactly like murmurs in a cat with serious heart disease.

In both dogs and cats, your veterinarian may elect to perform chest radiographs (x-rays), an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart), or other imaging studies, or to refer your pet to a specialist for these procedures.  The tests that are performed depend on the individual case.

How is a murmur treated?

The murmur itself is not treated.  The underlying cause of the murmur may or may not be treated – this depends on the cause, severity, and other circumstances (age, well-being of the pet, cost of treatment etc).  Your veterinarian is best suited to discuss specific treatment options with you.

Date Published: 1/29/2007 11:28:00 AM


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