AAA Litter Background Information

Celhaus AAA Litter (Lovely bred to Justice)
Whelped October 9, 2023:  
2 sable females, 2 black & tan females, 2 sable males, 1 black & tan male
Lovely is from my LL litter and is the mother of the RR, TT, WW, XX and YY litters.  I kept a pup from the YY litter; see Pascha’s page.  This is Lovely’s last litter.
Justice is the father of the ZZ litter.  This is his second litter.

I am expecting some real live wires, full of the love of life, very social and confident, highly intelligent with nice working drives.  We should have some SAR and competition prospects as well as pups good for both therapy dog and service dog jobs – and of course some for good pets to active families.  I’m expecting them to train easily and enjoy working, to have a sense of humor – Lovely is a real tease – and to have super noses and the desire to use them.   As for color, we’ll have sables and/or black & tans with extended black down the legs and body, maybe even some solid blacks in this litter. 

to the AAA litter’s page


whelped 6/4/21

See Justice at 22 months
See Justice’s page

OFA good hips:  GS-112167G24M-C-VPI;
OFA Elbows normal:  GS-EL50024M24-C-VPI
90th Percentile!!!!:  DI = .24 on both hips
(PennHip summary:  “This interpretation is based on a cross-section of 18753 canine patients of the GERMAN SHEPHERD breed in the AIS PennHip database.  The breed average is .41.  The degree of laxity ranks the hip within the tightest 5% of the DIs for the breed.  This amount of laxity places the hip at a minimal risk to develop hip OA.  No radiographic evidence of OA for either hip.”);
OFA Cardiac:  GS-BCA538/18M/P-VPI
OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH1096/22M-VPI
OFA DM (spinal myelopathy) free:  GS-DM12021/3M-PI
free of bleeding disorders (vonWillebrand’s and hemophilia)
TLI Test normal at 18 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

Justice is a very athletic, fast boy who loves to retrieve.  He likes it so well that he regularly steals balls from the others and carries two in his mouth while the other dog is frantically searching for her ball.

He is very social and loving, and is a great hit at the nursing homes.  In fact, he’s a hit everywhere I take him because of his silly, bubbly personality.  That bounciness does get in the way of training at times. He didn’t know how to learn or even to like learning when I got him.  He likes obedience, so I did several classes. He really, really was over-the-top distracted by other dogs – not with any aggression but wanting to play and socialize.  I began to despair that I’d be able to certify him as a therapy dog, but finally last summer he began to realize he could “watch me no matter how many other dogs happen to be breathing nearby.”  We signed up for a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) class.  I figured that would be the test of his readiness to certify as a therapy dog.  He initially was very distracted at the new group of dogs, but quickly clicked into work mode.  He did so well that I signed up for the CGC test.  That would be the big readiness indicator – different place, different tester, different people and dogs.  He did excellent on everything except the heel-past-another-dog part.  The tester gave us a second chance, and Justice was able to (sloppily for sure) manage to stay at my side despite longing looks at the other dog.  He passed!

I then completed the therapy dog certification process and since October he has been visiting the nursing homes.  He completed the 10 required visits to earn his AKC Therapy Dog Novice title (THDN). He is about halfway to his Therapy Dog (THD) title, which requires 50 visits.  His social, gentle nature makes him a hit at the nursing homes, as he lovingly gazes into people’s eyes and leans against their beds or wheelchairs.  At one of the nursing homes, the maintenance man has a mini-Aussie pup which he lets run loose. You never know when or from where the dog will appear.  At first Justice totally lost his mind and continued to look for it after it vanished, but recently he has become able to forget it and turn back to concentrating on the residents – a huge advance in maturity!!

He’s been slow to get the idea of nosework, first because of his over-interest in the other dogs and because he totally fell in love with the instructor, Sue, and flirted with her constantly. For the longest time, she had to stand on the other side of the arena before he could collect himself and do a search.  He has now matured a lot mentally and is finally turning into the nice nosework dog I anticipated, since his sire has all kinds of advanced tracking titles in both AKC and Schutzhund.  I may show Justice for titles in the fall, after a summer of training in different places around other dogs, which will offer him a lot of chances to ignore distractions.

I am looking forward to a mature Justice who will show me all he is capable of doing – and continues to be sweet, loving and a joy to live with.  Life is never quiet with this vocal dog, but his enthusiasm is always entertaining and cheering.


whelped 3/16/16

OFA GOOD hips:  GS-99575G25F-VPI
PennHip at 1 year: 
95th Percentile!!!!, .25 left; .24 right
(The 95th percentile rating, which means her hips are better than the hips of 95% of the 13,538 German Shepherds they had evaluated at the time we did hers.)
OFA elbows normal: GS-EL38181F25-VPI
OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1887/33F/P-VPI
OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH854/81F-VPI
OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE527/26F-VPI
OFA DM (spinal myelopathy) CLEAR: GS-DM9373/21F-PI
free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 28 months

UKC Nosework Titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE (all five pre-tests), Advanced Containers, Superior Vehicles and Superior Exteriors.  Nosework is a fun new competition venue derived from narcotics dog training where dogs compete in searching for certain essential oils instead of narcotics.   There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  Lovely has passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver), and has her Superior Exteriors, Advanced Interiors, Advanced Containers and Superior Vehicles titles, despite losing all of 2020 to the pandemic and several trials due to pregnancy or lactation. 

NADAC Agility:  Lovely was ready to compete for agility in 2020, but all trials were cancelled due to the pandemic.  She competed in April 2021 and got several qualifying scores but no title.  I did not enter the July trials as we were in a terribly high covid surge and I wanted to avoid a lot of people.  I was very disappointed when I had to retire from agility.

Lovely is first of all a tease.  I see it every morning during her ball sessions.  She is a two-ball dog, which means she won’t give me the one she has but must decide to drop it before I can throw the other.  She’ll retrieve for several minutes then give me a grin and sit there, making me wait until she decides she’s ready for more ball throws.   She has great hunt drive and natural desire to use her nose.  I see that during her ball sessions, too.  She seems bored if I throw the ball straight in a clear area but delights if it goes over trees and out of sight so she has to search for it.  I also see it in training, not so much in nosework other than she is Miss Gawky and will suddenly get engrossed in something and forget to search.  She’s getting better as she gains more experience and better understands that her job is to go in, search, find – and then she can be silly.  I definitely experience her humor in agility.  She makes me work every obstacle and will all of a sudden do some totally unpredictable, silly thing like acting as if she’s never seen a tunnel before and why would she go into that dark opening.  The instructor and my classmates get lots of laughs when it’s our turn to work.  She’ll be totally serious and focused and then all of a sudden give me a sideways glance with a twinkle in her eye and I know she’s plotting mischief.  In this she’s like her great-great-great grandmother, the original Glory, about whom people still tell funny stories. Life is never dull with Lovely around.

She has a nice social temperament and is full of the joy of life.  She has an endearing habit at home of coming up to me as I work on the computer, placing one paw on my leg and staring soulfully into my eyes until I quit typing and give her attention.  She soon figured out that the people we visit are extremely susceptible to this as well and thus is very popular as a therapy dog.

We actually did her therapy dog test in the Alzheimer’s Unit of one nursing home that I visit.  Before the pandemic, I went to the Unit every Thursday afternoon.  They are crazy about my dogs, so I had the brainstorm to ask if they’d like to help us do the test. Lovely knows Laurie, the tester, quite well so we need someone else to do the friendly stranger petting and exam as well as the walking erratically and running-past-as-if-in-an-emergency parts of the test.  The staff and residents were thrilled to be asked to participate.  One of the staff members did all those tests except one of the residents used her walker for the walking-erratically test and another helped us with the approach-someone-in-a-wheelchair test.  The rest of the residents watched avidly and had to be restrained from reaching out or approaching Lovely to pet her until we finished the test.  Then we went right into the first of her supervised visits and all the residents got to pet her.  In fact, we had to make the circuit of the room three times before everyone was satisfied that they had petted her enough.  She was a super hit and all of us had a ball.

Lovely is visiting nursing homes and doing Reading Dog at Tongue River Elementary.  She has her AKC Therapy Dog title (THD), which requires 50 verified therapy dog visits, and is working on her Therapy Dog Advanced title, which requires 100 visits.  She even has her own trading cards that we give out to the kids who read to her or write her letters (she has her own stationery) – and to the nursing home residents that I began writing to during the pandemic shutdown and continue to do weekly even though we’re visiting again, because they asked me to continue.  I guess the activity directors are greeted with huge smiles when they deliver my letters each week.

See Lovely’s trading cards, set 1 and set 2

Lovely also does well in obedience.  She has her Canine Good Citizen and Canine Good Citizen Advanced titles. We wanted to work on the other titles but Laurie, who also instructed those classes, moved out of town and no one else has offered them.

Two of Lovely’s pups are service dogs and several are Search & Rescue dogs.  Others are training in Schutzhund and in a wide variety of venues; some are competing in Rally, Obedience, Agility and Nosework.  Others are companions for active families. Lovely’s cousin, Jamboree (they have the same sire – Quasi – and Jamboree’s mother is GloryToo’s litter sister), is the first (and so far, only) sworn-in Court Advocate Dog in Wyoming.  Court Advocate Dogs go with children when they must testify in abuse cases.  Before that, they will be present whenever the child has visitation from the non-custodial parent.  Lovely’s mother, GloryToo, was in training to be a Court Advocate Dog so that she could be ready if the program was expanded state-wide, but we lost her to cancer in August 2022 and the program still has not gone state wide, so I doubt I’ll train another dog for it. 

Lovely is sixth-generation my female line and shows so many of the good qualities from her great-great-great grandmother, Glory and those who followed her:  sound temperament, lots of drive, super noses, joy of life, willingness, the list goes on.  Breeding tells!!

See Lovely’s page 
See Lovely March 2020
See Lovely at 18 months

Maternal Grand Dam:  Celhaus Gift of Glory PTE, AN, ME, MI, SC, AV, ATD, THDA (Glory Too)
6/7/13 – 8/4/22

OFA Hips GOOD:  GS-93516G28F-VPl
OFA elbows normal:  GS-E132026F24-VPl
PennHip at 1 year:  90th Percentile (Distraction Index .25 left and right hips,
in their excellent range, which is below .30)
DM (Spinal Myelopathy) carrier:  IGS-DM3153/6F-PI
OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE363/63F-VPI
OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1434/30F-VPI
OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH802-46F-VPI
OFA CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) DNA REPOSITORY:  GS-DNA-361/S
Free of bleeding disorders (hemophilia and von Willebrand’s)
Free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 29 months
Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (formerly TDInc).

GloryToo, named after her great-great-grandmother, whose call name was Glory, lives to use her nose.  She showed that drive practically from birth and as soon as I decided to keep her, I started allowing her to search for the nose work scents after I had trained the big dogs.  She was often quicker to find the hides in the house than the adults who had been training for months, so I knew I had a special pup here. 

She wasn’t not extremely ball driven but enjoyed her morning play sessions and really perked up if she had to hunt to find the ball where it had bounced across a fence or into the snow.

UKC Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, A/N, NI, AI, NE (all five pretests, plus Advanced Vehicles; Novice, Advanced & Superior Containers; Novice, Advanced, Superior and Master Interior titles; and Novice, Advanced, Superior & Master Exterior titles).  There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  GloryToo passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver) and is doing very well in competition, though she missed several trials when she was either in heat, pregnant or lactating.  Now that she is retired from breeding, she should finish all her titles pretty quickly.

She was a very social dog, very affectionate, and a great therapy dog.  She particularly enjoyed the Reading Dog programs we do at Tongue River Elementary and did at Tongue River High School before covid hit.  She had an engaging, sometimes silly personality and just burst with the joy of life.

She had her AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, which requires a history of 10 therapy dog visits, and her AKC Therapy Dog title (THD), which requires 50 visits.  She also had her THDA title, which requires 100 visits and was very close to her Therapy Dog Excellent title (THDE), which requires 200 visits, when I lost her suddenly to hemangiosarcoma.  She visits nursing homes and participated in the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library.  Reading Dog is designed to help children who are having trouble learning to read.  Children read to the non-judgmental therapy dog, which helps them to overcome feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy.  She particularly enjoyed the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library and obviously missed it, so I began contacting schools to see if we could get any teachers interested in dogs coming to their classrooms.  In April 2019, we received a request to come to Tongue River Elementary School in Ranchester (about 15 miles for Sheridan).  She was thrilled to begin doing weekly Reading Dog sessions there.  We continue those to this day.  GloryToo also participated in a stress-relief program during finals week, where therapy dogs visit students at the local college, before covid and we hope it will eventually be reinstated. 

GloryToo also had her own trading cards that we give out to the kids who read to her or write her letters (and her own stationery) – and to the nursing home residents that I began writing to during the pandemic shutdown and continue to do weekly even though we’re visiting again, because they asked me to continue.  I guess the activity directors are greeted with huge smiles when they deliver my letters each week.

See GloryToo’s trading cards, set 1 and set 2

GloryToo was in training to be a Court Advocate Dog so that she would be ready if the program was adopted state-wide.  Court Advocate Dogs go with children when they must testify in abuse cases.  Before that, they will be present whenever the child has visitation from the non-custodial parent.  A pilot program was conducted in the Gillette area and GloryToo’s niece, Jamboree, was the only dog that participated.  Jamboree is now the only sworn-in Court Advocate Dog in Wyoming (Gillette). 

She also had her AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

See GloryToo’s page
See GloryToo March 2020

Maternal Grandsire:  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.  Quasi was nearly ready to try for his Schutzhund 1 title when I bought him.  I’m was going to try 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″, but an injury sidelined me and I just never was able to make the commitment. 

He had 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 showed that same desire to use his nose in nose work classes. 

Quasi began nose work classes two months after I got him, and did great.  We started with 2 other dogs in the class, had 3 sessions and then one dog got very sick and the other quit coming, so after a couple of weeks with no classes, Jody, the instructor, suggested that I join another class.  That class had been working since February and the dogs are already doing 3 scents (birch, anise and cloves) plus searching for multiple hides around the room.  At that time, for the first several months we did only one scent (the first one is birch) and you worked in a series of three-draw plastic storage containers so that the dog learned to hunt systematically and to stay on the scent when it found it.  There was only one hide per turn so they learn to stop when they find it.  Then you added anise and they worked the boxes to find two hides, one of each scent.  You didn’t usually add cloves for quite a while, once the dogs are searching outside areas and vehicles for the first two scents.  Quasi’s first introduction to anise and to searching for two scents in each of his turns to work was at that class.  He picked it up right away.  Then Jody began hiding scents away from the boxes and he figured that out right away.  The second time we went to that class, Quasi found all three scents no matter where they were hidden, in every turn.  PLUS he already stayed on the scent until I told him that was enough, better than the others did.  He didn’t find the scents as fast as the others, but he worked systematically and, when they weren’t in the boxes, on his own figured out to look at each end of the set of boxes in the general area.

Quasi had great retrieve drive.  He also enjoyed learning and showed a lively curiosity about everything new.  I had a lot of fun training him.

He was also a very social dog so I certified him as a therapy dog.  He loved the nursing home visits.

See Quasi’s page

Paternal Grandsire:  Ulysses of Sapphire Mountain Cadaver 2, BH, FH2, CGC, TD, TDX, H.O.T (Toby)

Hips/elbows: OFA good/normal, PennHIP 70th percentile (DI’s are .32 & .35)
OFA eyes: clear, OFA DM: N/N

Toby is a medium sized (75#), very dark sable male with nice conformation, who moves very well, and is very athletic and agile.  He is very strong in all phases of work but settles well in the house.

He is very intelligent and picks up on training quickly. Toby excels in tracking/trailing and has never shown any desire to leave a track until it is finished. He is very determined and exact in his work and it shows. He has a very strong desire to work with his handler for whatever reward could be given but prefers his toys. Any toy will do. Toby has strong prey and defense.

Toby trained for a while in search and rescue for Montana – in trailing, cadaver and avalanche. He was certified in Cadaver, level 2, under tri-state standards. He has also his AKC Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) and his AKC Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent titles (TD & TDX).  He was entered in a VST (Variable Surface Tracking – city tracking) test when covid hit and everything shut down.  Toby also has the Schutzhund BH title and FH1 & FH2 (first and second Schutzhund Tracking Dog) titles.

Toby is a blend of strong Czech and West German working lines, including some very nice West German dogs.  The lines behind Toby are healthy and drives are good.  His sire SG Basko von Grunheide is titled SchH3, IPO3, KKL1 and was the Fundy SchH Club Trial Champion 2011. At the age of 3, Basko qualified for the World Universal Championships!

Toby’s Dam, Brook of Sapphire Mountain TD (AKC tracking dog), is a brood bitch for the Sapphire Mountain kennel.  Brook’s littermate is a multiple-certified Search and Rescue dog for Montana. Brook’s pedigree goes back on both sides to many search and rescue, SP/PS (police service), and level 3 Schutzhund dogs. It is worth noting Brook brings in through her dam, Ajsa Bohemia Rom-Pan, the male Ary Z Valskeho Udoli: SchHA, ZM, ZPO1, IPO1, SchH3, ZVV2, ZZZ, ZZP1, ZVP1, RH-E, RH-FLA, RHTA. This male competed 6 times in the international Search and Rescue Dog (IRO) examinations while still being a very strong Schutzhund competitor. Brook’s sire was Rocky Venusina sopka CGC, ZVV1, SchH2, IPO2.  Rocky’s sire was Tom z Pohranicni straze SP-PS (Czech police dog), ZVV1, OP1, and was the winner of the 1999 International stud dog show in Bratislava.  Rocky’s dam: Hobby venusina sopka FH2, OP1, IPO3, IPO -FH, Czech National Participant. UM’ CR’, CATC (CZ). World FH Championships Tracking, Finland, 2003. Hobby placed 7th out of 200 participants with a score of 186! High score that day was 197. World FH Championships Tracking, Slovakia, 2002. Hobby placed 10th with a score of 180, highest that day was 193!

Toby is a littermate to the following dogs:
Ursa: TD OFA: Fair/normal
Uma: CGC, SAR live find, SAR moving object, IPWDA Human Remains Search-Water OFA: Good/Normal
Uzziy: PennHIP 70th percentile

Paternal Granddam:  GHIDORAH OF SAPPHIRE MOUNTAIN BH (Ghidorah) 

OFA EYES, OFA good hips, OFA DM carrier; PennHip 40th percentile (DI’s .46 & .46), OFA elbows

Justice’s breeder gave me no info on Ghidorah, whom she brought to Cantor to be bred a couple of years ago.  She had a nice litter form Cantor, including a female who went to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Maternal Great Grandsire:  Jagerstadt Chaos von Celhaus PTN & PTA, O-EAC, OAC, S-ECC, S-TN-E, EJCOJCOWVS-NAC, S-NCC, S-TN-N, S-WV-N, S-NJC, S-TG-N, S-HP-N, ATD, THD-N, THD, THDA
3/23/06 – 2/25/18

NADAC Agility titles: Superior Novice Regular, Superior Novice Weavers, Superior Novice Chances, Superior Novice Tunnelers, Superior Novice TouchNGo, Superior Novice Jumpers, Superior Novice Hoopers, Open Regular, Open Chances, Open Tunnelers, Open TouchNGo, Open Hoopers, Open Jumpers, Open Weavers, Outstanding Elite Chances, Outstanding Elite Regular, Elite Tunnelers

Chaos retired from agility competition and began training for Nosework titles.  Unfortunately, by the time UKC, which took over all nosework titling from United Nosework, began allowing nosework trials again, Chaos was aging to the point he didn’t like traveling and spending hours at a trial, so he never got more than the first two pre-trials. I lost him to cancer barely a month from his 12th birthday.

Chaos was a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Inc.)

OFA Fair Hips, PennHip 70th Percentile, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (free), CERF, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free, free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

Chaos had a rock-solid temperament and steady nerves. He was very social with all ages of people and was an excellent Therapy Dog. Chaos came from herding lines. Both his parents were working stock dogs on farms in North Carolina. I like to incorporate dogs from herding lines in my breeding programs because of their high bidability. They truly want to work with the handler, and Chaos was no exception. He was extremely fun to train because he checked constantly to be sure he was doing what I want.

See Chaos’ page
For more information on the German Shepherd style of herding see

Maternal Great Grand Dam:  Celhaus Celebrate Life S/N, PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, EE, MC, SV, EI, NR, NT, ATD, THDA (Lively)

whelped 11/3/09

NADAC Agility titles:  Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers.   Unfortunately, the agility trials were moved from a site ninety minutes away to one that is 3 1/2 hours one way.  I have to drive back and forth each day since I had other dogs at home I must care for each evening, so our chances for more agility titles ended.

UKC Nosework titles:  Elite Exteriors, Elite Interiors, Master Containers, Superior Vehicles, PreTest-Elite (all 5 PreTests).

At our first Nosework Trial in May 2014, she received the first two titles in Exterior Searches, NNE1 (where they search for Birch Essential Oil) and NNE2 (where they search for Anise Essential Oil).  On July 1st, 2014, the United Kennel Club took over nose work from its originating United Nosework organization, so those titles are now NE & AE.  They did not allow trials until after they have incorporated all the information of every dog that titled under United Nosework.  Lively continued training in the interim and compete for more titles as trials were held.  She was retired and spayed in the spring of 2017 so now she no longer missed trials due to being pregnant or raising pups.  I reluctantly retired her at age 11 when her arthritis became bad.

Lively was a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, until I retired her at age 11 due to arthritis.  She has her AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, her THD title (Therapy Dog), which requires 50, and her Therapy Dog Advanced (THDA) title, which requires 100 visits.

OFA “fair” hips, PennHip 60th percentile (DI’s .39 & .35), OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (carrier), OFA eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

Lively produced three litters when bred to Chaos and two litters bred to Quasi.  She produced some excellent Search & Rescue dogs as well as competition dogs (agility, nosework, etc.), service dogs and therapy dogs.  She has tons of drive and in her youth would retrieve a ball all day long.  She’s a nice medium size and very athletic.  She’s also a fun dog to live with and, especially, to train.  Her pups typically excel in any kind of training and approach it with enthusiasm, yet they can also serve as service dogs, which asks for a much calmer, quiet dog that concentrates on assisting its owner with any disabilities the person has.

See Lively’s page
See Lively March 2020

Maternal Great 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 –lived to be 14
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 page on Bill’s website,

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

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

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

Bill reports that Kway loved to retrieve and was good with everyone. He also was good with other dogs, including small dogs, and enjoyed 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. 

 Maternal Great Great Grand Dam:  Celhaus Quintessence NJ NR NTO NC TDInc (“Quinta”)

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 was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. (now Alliance of Therapy Dogs).

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.

See Quinta’s page

Maternal Great Great 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.

Maternal Great Great Great Granddam:  Celhaus Jubilee CGC CD NA NAP TDInc.

7/19/98 – 11/20/12, made it to 14 1/3 years!

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

Jubilee was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc.

She had 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 were over.

Jubilee was the most athletic GSD I’ve ever known–unless it’s her daughter, Quinta or granddaughter, Lively.  At 14 1/3, she was still healthy, though arthritis from bridging in her back had 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.

See Jubilee’s page

Maternal Great Great Great Great Granddam:  Roche Jaune’s Triumph of Celhaus CD, TDInc (“Glory”)

9/14/94 – 9/9/02

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, CERF, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

Glory was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Incorporated (now Alliance of Therapy Dogs).

I originally began in American-line German Shepherds, the old lines with lots of European influence – before they were ruined by the fad for extreme side gait.  When the breeder from whom I got my dogs for years retired in the late 1980’s, I decided to switch to European working lines.  Unfortunately, the first several breeding prospects from those lines that I bought failed all their health screenings.  In fact, they introduced me to new problems in the breed – genetic eye and bleeding conditions – so I increased the number of health screenings that I did before passing a dog for breeding.  Glory was the first one who passed all the tests and whom I could breed, and she produced so well that I have continued her line for six generations of females.  With her first litter I adopted the German system of having an alphabet letter for each litter, beginning with the A litter of 1997, from whom I kept her daughter Ashi.  That was such a great litter that the next year I drove her all the way to Toronto to breed her to a German import there who was closely related to Ashi’s sire.  That only resulted in one pup, whom I kept.  I didn’t use a litter letter for her but instead named her Jubilee because the Catholic world was in the middle of a jubilee year of prayer to prepare for the millennium. 

Glory was a mix of German show and working lines and was absolutely beautiful.  She was also a tease with an amazing sense of humor and would drive me crazy when I tried to get her serious enough to train and to compete for obedience or tracking titles.  I always bred her to working-line males and she generously threw more serious working dogs than she was but also her correct structure AND sparkling personality.  Her progeny were just plain fun and continue to be so to this day, including an occasional one who is a big tease like she was (though more easily trained).  The latest tease to liven up my life is her great-great-great granddaughter (a Lively granddaughter from the LL litter of 2016), Celhaus Love Every Living Thing (“Lovely”).  I still miss Glory a lot but I enjoy the vivacity in all her children and their enthusiastic enjoyment of life.

See Glory’s page
to the AAA litter’s page