ZZ Litter Whelped 6-16-23

ZZ litter, whelped June 16th
Mercy bred to Justice
1 sable female, 3 black & tan females, 1 sable male & 2 black & tan males

Mr. Yellow (now “Raptor”) went to Montana for Search & Rescue.  Miss Green (now “Breeze”) went to Colorado to be a therapy dog and compete in obedience.  Miss Pink (now “Zinnia”) went to SW Wyoming for nosework competition.  Mr. Blue went to Colorado for obedience, rally and nosework competition.  Mr. Red (“Zoom”) went to Colorado for Search & Rescue. I kept Miss White (now “Zest”) and Miss Gold (now “Zeal”) for nosework competition, therapy dog work and hopefully breeding. 

background information
See the ZZ litter’s Police/Narcotic temperament test results
See the ZZ litter’s Search & Rescue test results

See Zest’s page.
See Zeal’s page

I have been so busy with the three ZZ pups (Zoom who hasn’t sold yet plus Zest & Zeal whom I’m keeping) and the two AAA-litter pups (Dakuya, whom I’m keeping, and Packer, who finally left February 2nd), that I had no time to concentrate on things like editing photos and saving comments from puppy owners.  I finally caught up this page (as of 2/6).  Hurrah!  Photos right now are shown in ascending age so you can enjoy their growth.  Next time I update this page, I will delete the youngest photos and begin adding new ones at the top of their section.  Enjoy the baby photos!!!  Maybe, as I get caught up, I’ll have a chance to get new photos of Zest and Zeal for your to enjoy.

Zach (Celhaus Zeppelin’s High Flyer) at 15 weeks
the former Mr. Blue
“Pooped puppy.”

Zach at 16 weeks
“Working on stay. Will try to get more.  Found his first grasshopper today couldn’t quite figure it out as it hopped away.”

Zach at 17 weeks
“Good attentoin”

Zach at 18 weeks
“Finally got him to sit for a minute or so.  Next to Riley. Wish I hadn’t cut off the top but had to be quick.  HA HA”

Zach at 31 weeks
1/28/24: “
To keep him from destroying my Flower pots etc., I decided to let him get rid of the big boxes from Costco.  He is so proud to carry it around. Of course I’ll have to pick it up sometime.
Photo: “Zachary with his big brother, and bones.”

Zinnia (Celhaus Zinnia Elegans) at 9 weeks
the former Miss Pink
Zinnia joined Ursa from the UU litter, who is also a Mercy son, so he’s her half-brother.
Unfortunately, Zinnia’s owners texts or emails me photos with explanations.  I occasionally see one they post on facebook and copy it, but it’s a real pain since I’m no fan of fb, it takes forever to find the puppy entries – and I often see no usable comment about what she’s doing.  So we’re lucky to have any photos of this beautiful girl.
Photos 1-5, (8/17/23):  “Hi.  Just a couple of pictures and an update on Zinnia.  She is doing great with meeting lots of people and man-made contraptions, like mowers, road construction, and vacuum cleaners.  She and big brother Ursa love to play with supervision indoors and outside.  We are still keeping up with the manding and rewarding both dogs for calm behavior in the house.  She is so small, beautiful and soft and often will lie between or on our feet.”
Photos 6-8 (8/20/23):
“So many photos!  She is such a beautiful puppy!  We are getting ready to go to the lake this afternoon so we were fitting the float coat. She seemed to not notice a bit.  Ursa is being a great brother and plays nicely with Zinnia. Besides tug and bitey face, they will sometimes relax and not pester each other.  Often when I am doing dishes she will come and lie on my feet, which is adorable and could stop any time so I enjoy every second of it while it lasts.  Yesterday we went to the farmer’s market and met so many people and completed that section of the bingo card (socialization check list).  In the evening we took both dogs to the Mountain Bike Festival party at the park.  More adults and kids were met and dogs seen from a nice distance. After dark the band started so two more check boxes were marked.” 

Zinnia at 10 weeks
Photo 1 (8/29/23):  “Furballs under the couch. Just thought that was so funny. She will not fit under the couch for long!”
Photo 2 (8/28/23):”Everything is still going great.  Zinnia was 18.4 lbs today.  Poor Ursa had his ball session cut short today as we had a small helper. Zinnia is starting to show some ball drive.  This weekend we went to Sinks Canyon to the suspension bridge.  Ursa, who has been across the bridge many times was getting low with the claws out. Zinnia on the other hand walked it like it was a sidewalk.

Zinnia at 12 weeks

Zinnia at 24 weeks
“We got the puppy packet with the reminder to send pictures, so here  are a couple from last week.  Everyone here is excited for snow and the outdoor activities that are happening. We are now able to do ball session with both dogs at once.  Ursa loves his red Kong ball and Zinnia loves the blue squeaky ball.”

Breeze (Celhaus Zephyr in Summer) at 8 weeks
the former Miss Green
8/15/23:  “Breeze got her first on leash walk, a couple of blocks down the street. First thing, she got to meet the sweet lab across the street, Holly. Holly was very interested in the baby, wildly wagging her tail & sniffing her all over. Breeze was interested & not intimidated. Then we walked with Gary & Charis. It helped having Charis along, showing how a walk is done. (He’s SUCH a good boy!). Breeze did pretty well until we came across a dead toad. I had to pull/bait her away, as she was very determined to investigate & chew on it. We crossed the street on the way back while Gary took Charis on around the block. She got to see Holly again at the end of her walk. Got home & she immediately crashed. It’s been a while & she’s still sleeping. She “purrs” when I reach down to pet her a little. I love that!”
8/14/23:  “First full day at home.  It was a big one! After breakfast (she’s not eating a lot) she went with us to pick up & meet Uncle Charis. He was not especially impressed; she was very interested. Later on, she got to go to PetSmart. She got a new, better fitting, collar & leash, tags, & a bowl to replace the Pfaltzgraff one Gary accidentally knocked off the counter & broke this morning. This one’s stainless steel! She also got to meet a couple of dogs from the safety of the shopping basket, & lots of adoring people. I played fetch down the hall with Charis & his favorite toy. She barked like crazy at him & tried a couple of times to steal it. Charis & I got a nice nap on the bed while Gary puppy-sat. Now she’s in her favorite spot under the computer table & out like a light. She’s one pooped puppy!”
8/13/23:  ” We just got home a little after 2:30. Made pretty good time, really. Breeze was not a happy camper for the first half of the trip! She cried intermittently the whole time. Per your instructions, we waited until we stopped for gas at Douglas. When we opened her crate, there was a pile of poop there & she did not like that! I walked her around a little while Gary cleaned up & she immediately peed. (Good potty! GOOD Breeze! as soon as she finished). Miraculously, she did not get any poop on herself, her towel, or her bone. We flipped the crate pad over, put her back in, & she was much happier. She then slept almost all the way home. As soon as we got here, I carried her to the dog run with artificial grass. After thoroughly investigating it, she again peed (same enthusiastic praise). We brought her inside & almost immediately she spotted her reflection in the glass door of the oven. She walked up to it, wagging her tail, then backed off & barked at it. Then she tried to make friends with it again.  She has now explored almost the whole house & is asleep under a plant stand on top of the A/C vent.  Such a BIG day for a little puppy! I even did a little manding with her, but she was pretty distracted. We’ll let her settle in a bit tonight then introduce her to Charis on neutral ground when we pick him up in the morning. Next order of business will be a trip to PetSmart for a new collar & some Bitter Apple because she really wants to chew on her leash. I’ll take a towel & have her ride in the grocery basket to forestall any close interactions.”

Breeze at 9 weeks
8/25/23:  “Today’s socializing experience was a trip to Lowe’s, riding in the cart, since she isn’t fully vaccinated. It was a great place to go… lots of adoring strangers to meet, rattling carts with plants on them going by, automatic doors opening in front of her, and best of all a 12 foot tall animated zombie that moved & made noise. She watched it intently, but was not at all afraid. She came home & slept for ages.”
8/24/23:  “Poor Charis is having a rough day! The puppy has her “naughties” on & is getting a lot of corrections. Charis keeps apologizing & is now squeezed under the computer desk at my feet & wanting comfort. I keep reassuring him that he is a GOOD boy.”
8/23/23:  “She just pressed the “outside” button on her own!! I’m not quite sure if it was on purpose or not as she was playing with a toy nearby. Still, “GOOD GIRL” & I hustled her outside where she both peed & pooped! See an explanation of the “Button.”  She is such a bright little thing! Now she is having the zoomies back & forth down the hall & into the living room with a toy in her mouth. She just hurdled Charis. She sounds like a little horse.  We have been impressed with how very gentle she is with her mouth. The only time she “got” us was when she grabbed for a toy & there was a hand in the way.  And she is very gentle when taking treats.”
8/21/23:  “She loves Bach! I just played a facebook video of a lady playing Bach’s Prelude in G major for cello but played on a harp. Breeze immediately perked up, tipped her head a few times, stopped chewing on her bone, & moved closer to the computer to listen.”
8/20/23:  “Today’s socializing experience was to the firehouse in our small town…only 2 firefighters & 2 EMTS. They were happy to have us visit & Breeze was really a hit.  Unfortunately, I was too engaged to take photos. Sorry! There were several cute photo ops. Breeze thoroughly investigated the whole place. Out where they have the trucks (which she hardly noticed) there was plenty else to check out. She stuck her whole head into one of their boots, dragged a jacket a short distance – to their delight – & found a large mop hanging on the wall. She pulled that down & thought it was a great toy, unafraid when the handle slapped on the floor. One of the firefighters had her play chase with it. They told us to come back any time. Her happy tail was going the whole time, she loved the people, & they loved her. She’s going to be a great therapy dog!”
8/18/23:  “Breeze met our next-door neighbor yesterday – a bearded man, wearing a baseball cap and wraparound reflective sunglasses. She wasn’t the least bit fazed. She wagged at him, went in for a kiss, then curled up at his foot. I thought sure the sunglasses would be a problem, but no. She went right to him to make friends & he was enchanted. She’s such a friendly, confident little girl!  She’s amazingly good for a pup her age about her mouth. She’ll put her teeth gently on our hands but not chomp down. Then she’ll give kisses.  We got the right pup & we love her!”
Photo 2:  “Under puppy.  Amazingly she hasn’t tried to chew on the furniture.”
Photo 3:  “Nap attack.”
Photo 4:  “She’s fascinated with the big-screen TV, especially when the movie has sirens and a dog.”
Photo 6:  “Uncle Charis is not especially impressed with her; she was very interested.” (Charis is from the JJ litter and is Mercy’s brother.)
Photo 7:  “She loves Gary.”
Photos 8-9:  “Charis is starting to interact with Breeze.”
Photo 10:  “That Swiffer duster thing looks FUN!””

Breeze at 10 weeks
8/30/23:  “Today’s adventure, Scheel’s, which I like to call the Disneyland of sporting goods stores. Huge aquarium at the entrance didn’t even rate a glance. Ferris wheel with blinking lights, clothes on racks, automatic doors, first ride in an elevator, mounted animals, & more…meh! What really got her attention, sitting erect, ears strained forward, tail wagging, was PEOPLE! She was absolutely avid for them. I had to hang onto her collar to keep her from jumping out of the cart. This puppy LOVES people! She met her first black man & loved him too. Kids, old people, young people, people in wheelchairs, even a blind lady, she loved them all. Breeze Is going to be a fabulous therapy dog!”
9/1/23: “We always know when Breeze has finished her breakfast. She flips her bowl over, then barks at it. Breeze had a play date with my friend Sandy’s baby Sheltie, Annie, yesterday. They had fun, though Annie wasn’t totally sure about the ‘moose puppy’ who is about 4 times her size.  The first photo is one that Sandy took. It’s easy to see how tiny Annie is compared to Breeze. The larger Sheltie is Sandy’s other dog Penni, who is about the same age as Charis & the same size as Breeze.”

Breeze at 12 weeks (no photos)
“Busy day today. Breeze had a training session this morning, & a walk during which she caught & ate a grasshopper. That was allowed. Small rocks, dead toads (of which there are many), & other miscellanea are still in the “Leave it!” category. She also visited four of the neighbors & got to say hi to Holly, the sweet Lab across the street. She played with Charis a lot. He is SO patient with her, letting her take toys right out of his mouth. And big news, she actually tried to hit the “outside” button with her paw! She missed but still got excited praise after which she went outside & pottied. GOOD girl! She’s getting big. She now weighs 22 pounds. She & Charis are playing chase around the dining room table right now, except she cheats & cuts under it through the chair legs, hurdling the rungs like a champ. It’s good to have 2 dogs again!”
Breeze at 13 weeks (no photos)
9/15/23:  “She’s tired now. I had them both out for a game of ball. Charis chases the ball & Breeze chases Charis. She remembered the place we played the nosework game yesterday. She hunted for & found a few leftover pieces of kibble.  As for grasshoppers, catch is definitely more fun than release! They’re just so much fun to chase & they’re slowing down with the fall. She was hysterical in the big yard today, jumping when they did then play bowing at them.  I had to make her drop 3 dead toads yesterday. I hate to spoil all her fun.”
Breeze at 14 weeks (no photos)
9/22/23:  “Breeze has discovered that flat, dead toads aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. She picked two up on our walk today before I could yell, “Leave it!” but immediately dropped them. Guess they don’t taste so good. Now grasshoppers on the other hand… I’m still strictly limiting them, but they are SO much fun to chase. And she is so funny, jumping when they do & then play bowing at them.”
9/23/23:  “Breeze, the little stinker, has learned the art of staying away from us by positioning the table between us & her & circling so we can’t catch her! She had something in her  mouth last night & I had to get Gary’s help to catch her. It was a landscape rock fortunately too big to swallow. I’ll be glad when she outgrows the goat (eat everything) stage & gets to the GOAT (greatest of all time) stage. She’s growing like a weed too. I’ll be interested to see what she weighs at her next vet appointment.  There’s a neighborhood picnic today, so she will have a prime socializing experience.”
9/26/23:  “Her obedience training is coming along nicely too. I worked with her outside (lots more distracting) & was very pleased. She seems aware of her back feet, which few pups are, so she lines up nicely at heel; & she comes in close at front – until she rocks back into a puppy sit. Our biggest challenge is waiting in place until I call her which I expect at her young age, especially when I have the extra-good tuna treats. She does better when I reward her with kibble. We got a bubble wand at the neighborhood picnic which I thought would be fun for the dogs. Charis had a great time, but Breeze was too busy looking for grasshoppers to pay much attention to the bubbles.   We went yesterday to a friend’s house. She has a tall black dog who wanted to play with Breeze. Breeze was a little leery at first but warmed up quickly. While they didn’t exactly romp, they did interact nicely. More interesting to me is my friend’s son Marcus who is in his 50s autistic & crippled. He’s a BIG man, about 6’5″ & uses a walker. Breeze noticed the walker but was unimpressed & she loved Marcus. He & his mother, Mary, were both impressed with our little girl.”
Breeze at 15 weeks
10/3/23:  “Her obedience training, oh my!! She does a beautiful front, close in, looking into my eyes (Thanks, Cel, for the manding lessons). She also knows “place” & does it quickly ending in a beautiful heel position. She also knows “swing”, though she does have a tendency to want to cut between my legs. She’s heeling beautifully, head up, (with bait), & giving me an automatic sit. She’s starting to turn nicely both left & right (Thanks, too, for the rear end training). She knows “down” but doesn’t want to stay there, especially if I try to walk around her. But she is getting the idea of waiting in place for me to call her. She has quite a few other skills & – get this! – ALL off leash! We still have a way to go, but I can hardly wait to introduce her to the obedience ring. She is going to blow the judges away! So proud of my brilliant little girl.”
“My beautiful fur babies.”

Breeze at 18 weeks
Photos 1-2:  “Making friends at Puppy Kindergarten playtime.”
Photo 3:  “Making up to the teacher.  People are still more interesting.”
Photo 4:  “She was so tired afterwards that she only made it to the front hall before she collapsed!”

Breeze at 19 weeks
Photo 1:  “She loves to play with her toys upside down.”
Photo 2:  “Breeze’s first encounter with snow.  ‘This white stuff is as fun as grasshoppers!’”

Breeze at 20 weeks
“She’s getting big!”

Breeze at 22 weeks
11/23/22:  “Happy Thanksgiving!  No special news. Just than I am very thankful for so many blessings from the Lord, not the least of which are 2 beautiful, wonderful GSDs. Praying your day is filled with many blessings, too.  Breeze loves to ‘hold hands’ & she has the warmest paws. She’s also a “be-with” puppy, wanting to be close to us, within reach, so we can pet her. Charis is my very good boy, always. He wants to be nearby, but not within reach. I love them both so much!”
“I thought you might like these photos from Puppy Kindergarten. She’s heeling nicely – with a little incentive (treats).  Did you notice the little tan tufts in her ears?  I think they’re so pretty.  And she has a tan ‘bandana’ under her chin.  I hope she doesn’t lose them as she gets older”

Breeze at 24 weeks
Photo 1:  “Tug game.”
Photo 2:  “Watching a Hallmark Christmas movie (and her ball…).”
Photo 3:  “She does love her ball!”

Breeze at 25 weeks
“Breeze loved the PBS show about wildlife in Canada.  She barked at the foxes and wolves.”

Breeze at 26 weeks
I had Breeze down to Centerra shopping center (very dog friendly place!) & got many compliments on how beautiful & well behaved (after she calmed down a bit) she was.  She is relentless with that ball!

Breeze at 28 weeks
Photos 1-2:  “Breeze and her BBB (big blue ball).  I had to stop her playing with it because she pushed it around until her nose was bleeding.  I thought she had bitten her tongue.”
Photo 3:  “She’s getting tall!” 

Breeze at 29 weeks
12/29/23:  “Beautiful day here. Breeze really wore herself out scooting the jolly ball all around the big back yard, yelling at it the whole time…silly girl. That meant I had a nice, tired puppy for our training session today. She did really well even with the distraction of geese flying low overhead, “talking” as they always do. I also introduced the dumbbell. I was surprised she resisted as much as she did. She carries her toys around all the time. Fortunately, good Charis was there to lend a paw & show her what was wanted. After that she did much better. She is nowhere near fetching, but she was willing to take & hold it…baby steps! I do love how the older ones teach the pups. And Charis, as I always say, is SUCH a good boy!”
Breeze at 30 weeks
Photo 1:  “I let the furkidz out for about 10 minutes.  They came in looking like this.”
Photo 2:  “Silly girl was barking at that sketchy-looking dog in the glass door, protecting Gary from it.”
Photo 3:  “I took my truck in this morning to have it serviced & took Breeze along for socializing & some obedience practice. The heeling didn’t go so well. She was way too distracted. But she was in her element greeting people. She was especially attracted to two older men. But the bonus was when we discovered the dealership has a “shop” dog, who comes to work with one of the employees. She is an almost exact double to Breeze, but she’s a little bigger – 11 months to Breeze’s 7 months.  But other than that, they could be sisters, but Breeze is cuter with her “eyebrows” & ear tufts. (Breeze is wearing the red collar.)  After some getting acquainted, they decided they were friends & wanted to play together – not a good idea in a small room filled with glass display shelves! If we could have put them in a big yard together, I’m sure they would have had a blast.”
Photo 4:  “PLEASE throw my ball…”

Raptor (Celhaus Zephyr’s Raptor) at 8 weeks
the former Mr. Yellow
8/14/23:  “We are loving our boy!! He is such a great mix of everything good. Very, very busy…and a quick learner.  I did a little search exercise for Sabre yesterday out of his view and he went crazy! I guess he could see a little from the backyard where he was with Craig, and he checked all the door options to get to us. (which he has already mastered). He then went to the front door (we were in the front yard) and started scratching at the door and carrying on. Craig said he’s a little scared of what he can already do at 8 weeks. We did a couple runaways for him, and have watched him track me all over if I have slipped out of his sight for a minute.  He sleeps through the night, potties outside already (no accidents in the house!) and takes Sabre’s toys right out of his mouth. I hope Sabre will set some boundaries or he will get run over. They are starting to interact and I am sure they will become strong brothers.  Thank you, thank you for this wonderful boy. He is truly a blessing to our family.”
8/12/23:  Raptor is already at home here.  We had a great night.  Very busy and fun guy!!”
8/12/23:  “We’re home. 
Photo 1:  He was already taking Sabre’s toys in the first 5 minutes.  They are doing great.  He’s showing no fear of Sabre at all after the first 2 seconds, so Sabre is giving off totally gentle vibes.  Raptor is trotting around in the yard with us all and chasing balls.
Photo 2:  I believe Craig likes him.”

Raptor at 9 weeks
8/22/23:  Raptor weighs 18.8 lbs. this morning.  Sabre finally took a firm but gentle stand after they had a huge play session, thank goodness!!  Very appropriate, and Raptor respected it, at least at the time.  I think he was a bit shocked actually- he very much needed it!!
8/18/23:  “I’m glad to see I don’t have the only wild pup!! OMG is he busy (and fun!!). We are making some good headway with the temper biting, as he does NOT like to be corrected or told no. Very sharp teeth and a strong full bite right now. Ouch!!  Tenacious little stinker!  We had a row last evening that I was persistent in correcting and he was much better today and thought about biting but made a better choice that was well received.  He is learning SO fast and loves to track – finds me quickly and efficiently as I work around the yard. He is confident and proud of his accomplishments, and wants to be involved in everything.  He weighed 16.9 at his puppy wellness check up on Wednesday. He’s not very into eating yet, always finding something else to do. I’m sure that will change as he grows, and he has plenty of food available.”
8/18/23: “Sabre and Raptor did their first face fighting event this morning.  I think Raptor was thrilled that Sabre was playing with him. A good thing for sure!!  Otherwise, Sabre has been pretty much ignoring him, but he likes it when Raptor chases him around.”
Photo 3:  “I love this one.
“Photos 7-8:  “A nice rainy day.  He has now mastered going up AND down the stairs (down with help that he doesn’t want).  He keeps good track of me, which I love.”
Photo 9:  “First day trying a leash.”
Photo 10:  “People-watching from a distance.  He is ALL about everything!”

Raptor at 10 weeks
Photo 1:  “Getting bigger! 24 pounds and he’s grown into his tail.  Busy day today:  SAR dog training, his first trip into the feed store, playing with big brother, and his first playdate this evening with a like-sized little female lab that I hear is a busy little firecracker!”
Photo 2:  “This is the only photo (from the playtime) and it looks much better then it was. Not the best first play date for him, as this lab was almost 2 months older and just not a good age fit for his first time. She was way into knocking him over and pinning him down, which we got a hold of regularly. After making sure he was safe, I did let him handle it briefly, and that is this photo. He got very mad and kicked her off and pinned her down. While I wanted him to know he could, I don’t want him to develop the idea that he needs to flatten his potential friends. I actually separated them and had they did much better through a fence. After a while we put them back together and it was better. I wanted things to end on a good note. 

8/27/23:  “Raptor is 21.2 pounds this afternoon.  He’s doing so very well.  He has been to 2 SAR group training events so far, and is performing his runaway’s and nose-to-source work very well.  Very enthusiastic and hard to hold back.  He’s a crowd pleaser!  He sits very nicely, has started to learn “stand” and “back”, and is walking quite well on a leash.  He has met a lot of people – little screaming children, big guys, etc with no problems.  He has no issues with new places, floors, dark rooms, metal stairs, brushy areas, pavement, etc.  He watches things and people a lot – you can watch him figuring things out and then he goes right out to try it himself.  Impressive (and a bit scary!!).  We started some trailing work today as well, (just runaway’s out of sight with scent articles), and it was very impressive to watch him put his nose down and figure out the problem.  I’m very pleased.  He continues to be quite challenging when he wants to do something or has something that he shouldn’t have.  Corrections are tough for him, but he is getting better  and we are establishing a strong bond. We have been getting some great petting and eye contact in which is great.  He can be very sweet and wants to please, but he isn’t much of a cuddler just yet – wayyyyyy too busy for being confined in someone’s arms, and always likes to do things himself (like climbing stairs and going in and out doors, etc.).  He is always close by me, and I do like that he doesn’t feel that he has to be touching me to relax.  However, he doesn’t let me out of his sight if he can help it,  and has shown very impressive thinking to find me if I leave a room or go out one of the doors to do outside chores.  Within minutes he has located me, and is very pleased with himself as we celebrate.  I’m loving this boy, and he is very embedded into our family.  He still steals Sabre’s toys and can get very pushy with Sabre.  They play together really nicely when Sabre wants to, and I know that will improve as he gets a little older.  I am planning on getting him into a puppy basic / play group starting Sept. 9th, which I think will be very good for him.  Most of our other dogs are adults and he needs to mingle with some pups much closer in age.  That is our news from here.  I really hope the other pups get going into new homes soon – so much to learn and do!!”
Raptor at 11 weeks
Photos 1-2:  “An over-achiever – he likes big toys.”
9/7:  “Raptor has had a busy week as he approaches 3 months old! He weighed 25.6 pounds when he got his check up and round of vaccines. His 2nd testicle is now palpable. He has a beautiful sit which he is happy to demonstrate. We are working on his leash work and his “down”. He has spent some time with Chipper, one of our SAR team GSD’s who nicely helped him with appropriate dog interaction behaviors. His big brother Sabre has been allowing way too much pushy and rude behavior, so everyone is meshing better now.  The voracious biting has also tempered down, and he is gaining better control of himself. We have some very nice play, working sessions and quiet (kind of) times together. He is a huge sponge in the learning arena.
I brought him into a big room full of LE officers after a little retirement ceremony today. My gosh – he strutted right in on his leash, visited a ton of people without jumping on or biting anyone!! He took particular liking to a young boy about 8 years old and even licked his face. He sat and watched through clapping sessions and even some sirens going off. All eyes and ears and rapt attention! Raptor had tons of admirers, and I passed along his available brothers.  He was a big hit on this learning adventure and I am so very proud of who he is becoming. Lots of work to continue with of course, but I feel we are off to a very good start.”

Raptor at 12 weeks
“Raptor at 3 months, 28 pounds.  Had a very big day today!  First day of puppy fundamentals class, followed by SAR dog training where he did some longer tracks and worked his cadaver scents like the big dogs!  We had him actually searching for the sources on his own vs. just doing nose-to-source exercises. He was loose in a big open cabin deck / ramp area, and it was really fun to see him get into odor and look for the source. When he got his nose on the source, I hit the clicker and one of my teammates gave him the food reward. We weren’t going for any trained response yet, just odor recognition. More advanced problems since he was searching on his own, but we wanted to give it a try. He’s such a busy boy, and I would much rather have him hunting for something productive
I’m so pleased!  We are all tired.”
Photo 3:  “Raptor in the Black Hawk helicopter at SAR training tonight.”

Raptor at 14 weeks
Photos 1-2:  “He is quite cute!  The eyebrows are the best, so expressive.”
Photo 3:  “Visiting my neighbor.”

Raptor at 15 weeks
Photo 1:  “Raptor after his first bath.  Kind of a big ordeal getting the soap off!”
Photo 2:  “Looks like an angel, doesn’t he?”
Photos 3-4:  “Big boy picture and bad boy picture.  He finds and carries off any unsecured items he can find for a chewing session.  Those were my shoe orthotics.  He made it up on the bed this morning after Craig took him out for an early-morning potty.  He was in heaven.  Quite cuddly.  He keeps me hopping at his classes. His last puppy class is this Saturday, and he has made big improvements.  I took him to a SAR classroom training Monday night and he was most impressive – a very good boy!”
Photos 5-6:  “Raptor doing some climbing on things during training today.  He’s doing really well and so proud of himself when he ‘earns’ his reward toy – prancing and strutting back to his truck, very cute.  I think he is a very happy guy.  He tries very hard and loves to learn.  He’s also getting where he likes hi morning and evening love sessions – a sweet boy for sure.  He still can be a stinker, though, and remains super busy and needs constant supervision.  Such a puppy.”

Raptor at 16 weeks
“Raptor’s graduation photo from his first puppy class.  Doesn’t he look like one of those trophy statues?”

Raptor at 17 weeks
“I have been helping with window and screen cleaning all afternoon, and I can’t figure out why mom is so annoyed with me right now.”

Raptor at 18 weeks
Photo 1:  “Raptor, 4.5 months, 45 pounds.”
Photos 2-3:  “Tree pruning.  Nothing is safe.”

Raptor at 19 weeks
Photo 1:  “”Raptor wallowing in the snow after successfully completing a track – great job!  Snow didn’t deter his mission.
Photo 2:  “Sharing a bed in the sun with Sabre, whom he adores.”

Raptor at 20 weeks
“Not too worried about Halloween décor.”

Raptor at 21 weeks
Photo 1:  “Getting to be a big boy!”
Photo 2:  “With his bestest friend.”
Photo 3:  “Today’s hike.”

Raptor at 22 weeks

Raptor at 25 weeks
“Raptor’s graduation photo from his STAR puppy class.”

Raptor at 26 weeks
Photo 1:  “Good morning from Raptor.”
Photo 2:  “Trail hiking”

Raptor at 30 weeks
Photo 2:  “Missing his big brother (Sabre died.)”

Zest (Celhaus Zest for Life) at 9 weeks
the former Miss White

See Zest’s page.
See 10-week-old Zest during morning playtime
See Zest, 65 days old, enjoying her own puppy playtime with the Sheltie.

Zeal (Celhaus Zeal for Justice) at 10 weeks
the former Miss Gold

See Zeal’s page.
See 10-week-old Zeal during morning playtime
See Zeal, 65 days old, enjoying her own puppy playtime with the Sheltie.