JJ Litter Background Information

JJ Litter:

Quasi bred to Soleil (Celhaus Good Day Sunshine BN CD)

whelped 12/20/15:  5 males & 2 females

pedigree

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Sol at 27 months with her Companion Dog title ribbons

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Sol at 22 months with her Beginners Novice title ribbons

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Sol is a litter sister to my GloryToo.  Here is what her owner writes about her:

Sol earned her nick name ‘The Tornado’ at the tender age of 4 month. She was out on the back porch, I was inside the garage…I heard the ruckus, but thought I’d let her have some fun. After all, what can a small puppy do, right? She had already started to ‘subdue’ my foot stool, turn it over and drag it around. I wasn’t quite prepared for what I found when I stepped out of the garage into the porch. The porch looked like a tornado came thru, and she was happily lying on the big chair, seemingly pleased with the destruction she had caused. That’s the day she earned her nickname.  Notice Cole’s shell shocked look: ‘Mom, it wasn’t me, I swear…’ (he’s way in the back, very black and easy to miss.)

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Sol has managed to change my view of a true working line German Shepherd. Things have not been the same since she joined our family, and changed our life, and I mean that in a positive way. Challenging, no doubt, but positive.

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She loves, loves, loves to work. Begs for it. Learns quickly, and had me stumped more than once. She blew me away when I took her in the ring for her first Novice leg. We had started on Novice training, but the ‘stand-stay’ we had only done casually. When I had her BN done on a Saturday, and was allowed to move her up to Novice, we did a training session in the garage that night, for the stand-stay. Next day, near picture perfect heeling off leash, perfect stand-stay. That’s the beauty with her, when it counts, she knows it, and comes through with flying colors.

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Sol loves the ball, anything that can be thrown actually, she is a maniac retriever and delivers to hand. She figured out very quickly, that delivery to hand, almost always returns another throw. Well worth her while. On the other hand, if we get tired of throwing stuff for her, a ‘no, that’s enough’ is actually enough for her to go off with her toy and lay down, or entertain herself. She does have an off switch.

Like her parents, Sol goes crazy over water. I tried a kiddy pool on her when she was just three months old, and once she figured it out, there was no stopping her. Her big brother Cole taught her to swim the first time we were at the lake. That fixed her passion for water, no stopping her now! Needless to say, I cannot water my yard when she is out, the poor sprinkler would not see the end of day.

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Her newest MO (when she thinks I don’t give her due attention) is to jump on my lap, crawl around the back of me (we are talking any chair I happen to sit on) lick my face and nuzzle me, and then when she has my attention, to jump off the chair, grab a toy and drop it in my lap. ‘C’mon mom, throw it.’

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Sire:  Quasi vom Geistwasser BH AD

whelped 10/24/10

OFA Excellent Hips, PennHip 90th Percentile, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid OFA Eyes, OFA DM (free), von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

TLI Test normal at 47 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

I was very lucky to acquire Quasi in July 2014.  I really, really like this dog and am very grateful to Bill & Jen at www.kulladogs.com for letting me have him.  Be sure to check out Quasi’s page of info and background that Bill & Jen provided me (in the Our Family section of this website).  I had planned to immediately begin Quasi’s agility and nosework training when he arrived, but an injury (to me) last summer kept me on my back from July to November.  I was just getting started training when I had to have surgery in June 2015.  I’m still not moving well enough to begin his agility training though I hope to soon.

Quasi was nearly ready to try for his Schutzhund 1 title when I bought him.  I’m going to try next summer to make the drive to the closest Schutzhund club (250 miles one way) often enough to learn how to work him and try for his “1” next October.  Although he is very capable of getting all his Schutzhund titles, I will stop at the 1 because the distance is too great plus I usually have a litter to care for during the summer.

He has great hunt drive, loving to use his nose and searching very intensely when his ball takes a bad bounce and he has to find it.  He shows that same desire to use his nose in nose work classes.  I hope to do AKC tracking with him once he gets his Schutzhund 1.  I won’t do it before that because Schutzhund demands a very precise, footprint to footprint tracking style and takes points off for any casting for the track.  I won’t relax his tracking style for the faster, less compulsive AKC and Search & Rescue tracking style until we are done with Schutzhund.

Quasi began nose work classes in September 2014 and has done great.  Hopefully we’ll title in that in 2016 also.

Quasi has great retrieve drive.  He also enjoys learning and shows a lively curiosity about everything new.  I anticipate a lot of fun training him in any venue I try.

He is also a very social dog so I will certify him as a therapy dog sometime soon.

 

Dam:  Celhaus Good Day Sunshine BN (Soleil)

whelped 6/7/13

Sol has her Beginners Novice title and two of three required qualifying scores for her Companion Dog title.  She will hopefully finish her CD title before being bred in November.

OFA “fair” hips, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (clear), OFA Eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free
free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

Maternal Grand Sire:  Kway vom Posthorn SchH3 (LGA) KKL1 High Protection (97 V) at the 2007 Americans

“a” normal hips HDZW 66

whelped 9/9/00 – still doing great at 12!

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) and of the Degenerative Myelopathy gene.

According to his owner (Bill Kulla), “Kway participated in two research studies that are working to identify a genetic marker for EPI and DM, so that one day we may eliminate these devastating diseases from our breed.”

Other quotes from Kway’s website, www.kulladogs.com:

Kway (pronounced “Kwhy”) is the expression of his world class bloodlines: son of Asko von der Lutter and grandson of Aly vom Vordersteinwald.  Asko was the 1998 Bundessieger and 2000 WUSV World Champion and has proven himself as producer already. At the past three BSPs, Asko had more sons shown than any other dog. Aly was a close second.

Kway himself is a true all-three-phase dog: tracking is deep-nosed and methodical, obedience is fast and animated yet precise, and bitework is extremely strong with full, hard grips. Kway is balanced in the protection work and brings his natural aggression to the work for strong guarding. Through all three phases, Kway is a dog that is in true harmony with his handler, and their strong bond is evident on and off the field.

Always pronounced in courage; in Kway’s breed survey special mention is made of his exceptional temperament.

Kway is linebred 5-5 on Urs aus der Hopfenstraße, and he carries the black recessive.

Bill reports that Kway loves to retrieve and is good with everyone. He also is good with other dogs, including small dogs, and enjoys nurturing puppies.  I really liked him when I took Quinta to be bred in 2009.  Kway had been retired for two years, but put on a beautiful obedience demonstration for me.  He was five days from turning nine years old but sure didn’t look it as he heeled, ran and jumped.  I took photos of him.

Maternal Grand Dam:  Celhaus Quintessence

NADAC Agility titles:  Novice Jumpers Superior, Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers Outstanding, Novice Chances, 2 legs towards her Open Jumpers title, 2 legs towards her Novice TouchNGo title, 2 legs towards her Novice Weavers title and 1 leg towards her Novice Hoopers title

AKC agility titles:  one leg in each of Standard, Jumpers with Weaves & FAST

OFA hips (good); OFA Elbows; OFA Thyroid; OFA Cardiac; CERF; also tested EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free.  In December, 2007, Quinta received her Health Award Certificate of Recognition from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

Quinta, commonly known as “Wild Thing”, was the character of the family.  She loved to work, begged to train, and got into all kinds of trouble when we didn’t.  She was crazy about agility.  Her biggest problem was remembering to listen to me and go the direction I indicated, rather than attack every obstacle in sight.  When she did remember, she was extremely intense and concentrated, a joy to work, and nearly always took 1st place.  She also did extremely well in obedience and tracking but we never tried for titles since trials are few and far between.  Quinta was very much like her mother, Jubilee, and grandmother, Glory.  She was quite dramatic, very fast and athletic, loved to tease, and had trouble being a “good” girl.

Maternal Great Grandsire:    Bianko vom Leerburg (“Comanche”)

OFA GOOD hips,  OFA elbows

Janet Wilt’s Comanche was a Search & Rescue dog, certified in Avalanche, Water, Tracking, Wilderness Rescue and Cadaver.  He was also certified as a narcotics dog (4 odors), evidence and building search.

See Janet’s Search & Rescue group, Jackson Hole Independent Search Dog Teams, www.jhsearchdogs.org.

Maternal Great Granddam:  Celhaus Jubilee CGC CD NA NAP TDInc , made it to 14 1/3 years.

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, OFA cardiac, OFA thyroid, von Willebrand’s free, CERF

Retired Therapy Dog

She has her Companion Dog title and her AKC Novice Agility titles and only needed one more qualifying score to finish her Novice Jumpers title, but she developed spurs on her back (from being such an athletic, body-slamming, hard-playing dog all her life), so her jumping and competing days are over.

Jubilee is the most athletic GSD I’ve ever known–unless it’s her daughter, Quinta or granddaughter, Lively.  At 13 1/2, she is still healthy, though arthritis from bridging in her back has slowed her down considerably.  When she was just a pup she would jump into the back of a 3/4 ton pickup from which I was shoveling wood shavings, trudge to the top of the shavings pile, and get on top of the cab. She would climb, jump, drill through incredible obstacles to retrieve her toys (the favorite of which is the Frisbee).  She loved obedience, tracking and agility.  Her tracking was very intense and only needed proofing to be ready to try for her Tracking Dog title.  When she hurt her back, I retired her.