Spirit (Celhaus In Love with Life)
Spirit is from the ii Litter (Lively bred to Quasi) and was whelped 1/22/15
Spirit is DM (degenerative myelopathy) free: GS-DM5614/13F-PI
OFA Eyes: GS-EYES362/20F-VPI
OFA Elbows: GS-EL35226F24-VPI
PennHip: .26 left & .31 right (They no longer give percentile ratings.)
UKC Nosework titles: PTN & PTA
Spirit insisted from the beginning that I had to keep her. I hadn’t planned to, because I was already committed to get a pup from East German/Czech lines (Hesed) and was due to get a replacement for a pup who hadn’t turned out breeding quality (Faith). However, Lively had trouble whelping and ended up being rushed to the vet for a C-section, resulting in only two live pups: Spirit and a male. Both pups thrived and showed great promise, and I ended up deciding I’d better keep the female in case Lively was unable to have more pups. Lively had produced extremely well when bred to Chaos (FF, GG & HH litters). I kept a female from the GG litter, GloryToo. Lively was the last breeding female from my original brood mix, Glory, and I didn’t want to take a chance on losing the bloodline, so I decided to keep the female pup from the ii litter and somehow survive raising, socializing and training three puppies at the same time. I was only able to do this because I was recently retired.
Spirit has turned out to be a lot of fun and lives up to both her registered and call names. She has incredible booty drive (the desire to possess the toy) and our daily retrieve sessions for months were fascinating as she debated with each throw whether she can possibly give me the ball for another throw and chase or if she must chew on it for a while. Eventually she decided she was a two-ball dog and will willingly give up the one she has for the one I’m ready to throw. She has a great nose and loves to use it, showing a marked intensity in nose work training from puppyhood. She has passed the first two nosework pre-tests and will begin seriously competing in 2017. Her brother, Comanche, who is becoming a great Search & Rescue dog. She just completed a basic obedience class and is currently taking a Canine Good Citizen class, then she’ll move on to Rally. She has an absolute ball whatever we’re doing, and is going to be a great obedience dog once she figures out exactly how to hold heel position while continuing to dance for joy. She tries but it’s really hard to curb all that spirit. She approaches all training with great enthusiasm and I’m gently shaping that enthusiasm for competition. She just completed the qualifications for therapy dog work and is in the process of being registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs. As soon as that is completed, she will begin vising nursing homes and helping with the Reading Dog program at our children’s library.