SS Litter Background Information

SS Litter Background Information
whelped April 30th, 2020:  
One black & tan male, four black and tan females, one black female

Cantor bred to GloryToo
This is Cantor’s 7th litter and GloryToo’s 3rd, and last, litter.
The LL Litter in 2016 was GloryToo’s first litter; I kept a female from that litter, Lovely, who was bred to Cantor to produce the RR litter this past June.
The NN litter in 2017 was GloryToo’s second litter and Cantor’s first litter.  The SS litter is a repeat of the NN litter.

This is another sixth-generation litter from my female line.  See more info.

From this litter I expect highly intelligent pups with really nice drives but which aren’t the handful that Cantor has been when he came here, highly frustrated from not being able to use his high intelligence for some kind of work, or blow off steam from his high level of ambition and energy, in his first two homes.  I’m expecting very social and confident pups, bursting with personality and joy of life, and with a great desire to use their noses.  They should be easy to train and just plain fun to live with.  They may be handfuls as pups if they’re like their dad, so these pups need to go to people who will keep them physically busy and in training classes from the beginning.

These pups will be very dark black and tans or bicolors; there should also be some solid blacks.  Cantor is a solid black.  GloryToo is a black and tan with an extender gene, which carries the black farther down the body than the usual “saddle” of the black & tans.  Black is a double recessive in German Shepherds, which means that both parents must carry the black recessives and both give them to an individual pup in order for it to be black.  That means he will only produce black pups if the female carries the black recessive.  GloryToo carries the black recessive as her mother, Lively, came from a litter with two solid blacks in it.  She had four black pups in the NN litter.

Sire:  Cantor vom Wenner Haus CGC, ATDN, PT-E, AI, NE
whelped 3/24/16

OFA GOOD hips:   GS-99355G24M-VPI
PennHip at 1 year:  .37 left; .42 right
(PennHip no longer gives percentile ratings unless they’re in their excellent range, which is below .30)

OFA Elbows:  GS-EL37972M24-VPI

OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1790-18M/P-VPI

OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH830/33M-VPI

OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE525/26M-VPI

OFA DM (spinal myelopathy) free:  GS-DM7517/18M-PI

free of bleeding disorders (vonWillebrand’s and hemophilia)

TLI Test normal at 18 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

AKC DNA Profile:  V895816

Cantor is doing extremely well in training.  He is amazing in agility; for instance, he learned the weaves in 6 sessions, including being consistent in finding the entrance to the set of 12 weaves from all angles and at great distances, no matter where I happen to be positioned, which is unheard of.  He excels in nosework, which he loves, and also enjoys obedience.  Cantor received his Canine Good Citizen title in September, 2017.  In October 2017 he passed all his UKC nosework pre-test titles.  Since then he has earned his Novice and Advanced Interior titles and his Novice Exterior title. 

UKC (United Kennel Club) Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NI, AI, NE (all five pretests, plus both Novice and Advanced Interior titles and the Novice Exterior title).  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.  Cantor passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver) and last year began competing in classes, where he is doing very well.  He doesn’t like nosework as well as agility, but he enjoys using his nose and is getting more intense the more he trials.

NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) Agility:  Cantor has participated in 3 agility trials.  He has some “legs” (you need three passing scores to earn each title) in several different classes.  He tends to go over the top with excitement at the trials and makes little mistakes, but he’s maturing nicely and Hopefully he will earn some titles this year.

Cantor is a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Incorporated).

Cantor has his AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, which requires a history of 10 therapy dog visits.  Once he completes 50 visits, he will be eligible for his AKC Therapy Dog title (THD).  He has trouble sitting still for long so at the moment he is just visiting the Alzheimer’s Unit at one of the nursing homes.  Hopefully once a matures a little more he’ll be able to handle the hour-long visits to the entire nursing home facilities.  He participated in the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library, which 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.  Now that we’re going to the schools, which are much more chaotic, I don’t take him. 

He also has his AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

Cantor is athletic and very well built for a working-line dog.  He has decent drives that go into overdrive when he’s doing something he loves, such as agility. 

Info on Canto’s Parents/Grandparents from Cantor’s breeder:


Sire:  UCH SG Buzz vom Gildaf IPO2 AD CGC HIC
OFA EXCELLENT, normal elbows, DM clear, CERF normal

Buzz is best described by his owner and breeder, Melinda Clark…

“Buzz is a dark sable male with a lot of substance. He has a huge, masculine head and a lot of bone. He’s fit, athletic and 100% health cleared. Buzz is 100% stable. I can take him anywhere. He goes to parades with me, loves kids, good with dogs.  His versatility is endless. I’ve only just begun with him. He is naturally protective of his family. He is extremely driven, loves to work and full of enthusiasm. At home, he has a nice off switch and settles easily.

            Buzz is a high drive male. His tracking nose is excellent. His protection work is fast and confident. He hits hard and is serious. His obedience is biddable and very clean. Buzz has an excellent temperament. Buzz has nearly 20 progeny actively working and certifying in Search and Rescue. (one of those puppies is from our A Litter, Laser)

            In the August 2009, Buzz made his UKC Conformation debut. His Championship came very easily to him. In one weekend, he earned 4 Best Puppy, 4 Winners Male, 4 Best of Breed, 1 Group 4 Win and 1 Group 1 Win! On February 13, 2010, he earned his last 20 points needed for his UCH. 

            On May 15, 2010, Buzz made his debut in the German Breed ring. He was being shown for his Breed rating and earned an SG3. We are VERY proud that not only did Buzz earn his SG (Very Good) rating, but that he placed 3rd with his SG as well. He goes SG EVERY TIME he’s shown.

Buzz’s progeny are being trained and performing well in Search and Rescue, Flyball, Obedience, Schutzhund and more….”  


Dam:   UCD URO2 UAG2 Int CH UGRCH H’Linea von Holtgrew BH CD BN RE DOG (AKC Dual Odor Dog title, K9 ABC Games) CA HIC NW2 OV TC TDI CGCA
“a1” normal, normal elbows, DM Clear, CERF normal CHIC
2015 GSDCA High in Trial

Linea is a beautiful bi color female with rich pigment and is the granddaughter of Melissa’s great male, Jaryn “Logan” von der Dornburg.  She is clear headed and has an amazing personality and temperament; she gets along with everyone she meets whether they have 2 legs or 4. Linea is very athletic and built to work just like grandfather and very eager to learn and please. She is a powerhouse when it comes to nosework!  She is happy worker and loves working with me no matter what it is.  She loves to jump and does so with ease. Linea, like all my dogs, competes in a wide variety of venues including: Schutzhund, AKC/UKC obedience and rally, conformation, weight pulling, herding, nosework, barnhunt, lure cursing and whatever else we can find. Plus she is a working Therapy Dog.  She is the total package.

Some of Linea’s Accomplishments :
UKC (United Kennel Club) Grand Champion
UKC Best of Breed x7
UKC Group 3 x2
UKC Group 4 x2
IABCA Best of Breed x3
IABCA Group 3
High In Trial (AKC, American KennelClub) x2
High Combined In Rally (AKC) x3
High in Trial Rally (UKC)
High in Trial Barnhunt Novice (BHA)
2013 #10 in Beginner Novice GSDCA (German Shepherd Dog Club of America)
2015 GSDCA National High in Trial
2015 GSDCA National Elite Award
2015 UKC Obedience All Stars-Novice

2016 #4 Open A Front and Finish
2016 #5 Open A GSDCA
UKC Super Dog Award (2017)
2019 Rally Dog of the Year (GSDC)

Linea’s grandsire (dam’s side) is Int. CH, UCH, UCD OB1 Jaryn “Logan” von der Dornburg SchH 1, TR 2, AD, CDX, TD, Can. CD, RE, RL1, OV, TDI, CGC, has a truly amazing pedigree just check out his page for complete details.  Logan is the son of V Rocky von den Zinglegärten SchH3 IP3, FH1 Kkl1’a’ who has competed well at the world level as well as many of his offspring. Rocky has competed at the WUSV for Germany, and at the Bundessieger, placing third in 2001and tenth in 2000! Rocky is described as a friendly and out-going dog in person and he shows wonderful concentration in his work. He is known for producing mentally stable progeny. Logan’s dam, Isa von der Kinzigau SchH3 Kkl1’a’, is best described by her owner, Laurie Tollifson, “Isa is a little power house. Wild as a March hare yet as intense as a hawk. She has a strong work ethic, balanced drives and a fun-loving personality. Also, extreme trainability and hits like a Mack truck.” Isa earned her SchH 3 at 24 months and took SG1 at the 2001 South Central Regional Conformation Show. Logan’s pedigree consists of many world and national competitors- 3 WUSV participants, 11 BSP participants with 1 Sieger and 9 with V scores! and 3 LGA participants…

Linea’s dam is SG Valley von Holtgrew SchH 1 Kkl1. She is a Logan daughter and has a super temperament. When she was in Germany being trained and titled she would work with anyone and was one of their favorites.

Linea’s sire is V14 ’11 Gordon vom Fuchsgraben SCHH3 IPO3 FH2 Kkl1 and is best described by his owner, Kris Taylor, “Gordon is an exceptionally powerfully built dog.  He has superb explosive muscle tone with a very easy gait and has an extreme pigmentation that is second to none with working line dogs.  He carries these traits with many of his offspring as he reproduces himself very well. He is amazingly well balanced in his drives, temperament and nerves.  Gordon is a top sport level competition dog currently still competing nationally and will continue to compete in the conformation ring at the highest levels.  His character is magnificent which makes him the picture perfect family dog. Gordon is completely neutral to other dogs showing zero aggression to other dogs, cats or any other animals. He is wonderful with small children and anyone acting in a normal fashion.  Try to break into his house or approach a vehicle he is occupying and he would trigger every natural fear in a human nervous system.  He is not a dog any stranger could just walk off with.”

Linea’s grandsire (sire side) is V KK1 Vito vom Waldwinkel SCH3. Many think that Vito vom Waldwinkel to be the best son of WUSV Sieger Tom van’t Leefdaalhof, producing dogs to the BSP and WUSV. Vito is known for producing strong working ability, as exhibited by his progeny at the top level of the sport in the present time. This is exemplified by the strong working kennels in Europe that bred to him and dogs that are on the competition field.

Linea is linebred on 1989 WUSV SIEGER Fado von Karthago SCHH3 FH IP3 on both the sire and dam’s side. Fado von Karthago SCHH3 FH IP3 Kkl1 won the WUSV in 1989 and 2nd Place in 1990!

 Info on the other Cantor grandsire from his owner:

 Paternal Grandsire:  V Puck vom Grafental SchH3 AD
“a” normal, HDZW = 74, normal thyroid, DM clear

Puck is one of the few 100% DDR dogs in the USA to attain a V rating in conformation in West Germany.  Puck is a grandson of two great DDR sires, V Larry vom Wolfseck and V Murphy vom Schwarzhorn and continued their legacy of 100% DDR lines that are known to give exceptional working ability, structure, bone and pigment.  Others of the greatest DDR dogs of all time also appear in his pedigree.  Paternal side includes:  V Larry vom Wolfseck, Ingo vom Rudigen, Held vom Ritterberg, Hassan vd Hassllelweisen, Pushkass vom haus Himple.  Maternal (bottom) side includes:  Muchta vom Schwarzhorn (littermate to Murphy vom Schwarzhorn), Don vom haus Iris, Alf vom Kornersee, Xito vom Barutherland and Condoe vom Marderphal.  He is linebred on Don vom Rolandsteich (5 – 5).

A translation of Puck’s Koer Report states:  Absolute middlesize, middle strong, contentful, strong head, nice expression, harmonious structure, emphasize stress structure firmness, correct front, pronounced wither, correct sufficient long croup, correct angulation shoulder blade, somewhat steep upper arm, good angulated rear, free movement with powerful strong supplies.  Drive, self sureness and strainless pronounced, does out.

Constance Krebs (Hesed’s breeder and owner of Puck) told me this about Puck:  “He passed away at almost 14 years of age back in October (2015)…very sad day.  Anyway, he was world renowned.  He was a gorgeous GSD.  He was old DDR in type, not over the top in drive, but certainly held his own in the work.  He produced better than he was.  He had nerves of steel and a very stable temperament.  I never replaced a pup from him…   He was known for producing good bones and joints… was DM clear/clear.  Several pups went to different varieties of working homes.”  

Dam:  Celhaus Gift of Glory ATD, THD, CGC, SI, NC, SE, NV, PTE
whelped 6/7/13

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:  

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.  I’m hoping to get some nose work titles on her this summer.  I also plan to resume her agility training once she’s done with this litter.

She’s not extremely ball driven but enjoys her morning play sessions as one-on-one time, though she really perks up if she has to hunt to find the ball where it has bounced across a fence or into the snow.

UKC Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NI, AI, NE (all five pretests, plus Novice Vehicles; Novice Containers; Novice, Advanced and Superior Interior titles; and Novice, Advanced & Superior 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 has missed several trials when she was either in heat, pregnant or lactating. 

She’s a very social dog, very affectionate, and a great therapy dog.  She particularly enjoys the Reading Dog programs we do at Tongue River Elementary and Tongue River High School.  She has an engaging, sometimes silly personality and just bursts with the joy of life.

She has 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 is working on her THDA title, which requires 100 visits.  She visits nursing homes and participated in the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library, which 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.  GloryToo will also be participating in a stress-relief program during finals week, where therapy dogs visit students at the local college.  That may also be implemented at the high schools.

She also has her AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

GloryToo’s Sire: Jagerstadt Chaos von Celhaus
3/23/06 – 2/25/18

See Chaos’ page

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.

For more information on the German Shepherd style of herding see


GloryToo’s Dam: Celhaus Celebrate Life ATD, THD, CGC, PTE, EE, SC, SV, SI,NA, NT (Lively)
whelped 11/3/09

See Lively’s page

NADAC Agility titles: Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers
Unfortunately, the agility trials were moved from a site 1 1/2 hours away to one that is 3 1/2 hours distance. I have to drive back and forth each day since I have other dogs at home I must care for each evening, so she had no chance to compete for more agility titles.

Currently Lively is in training for Nosework titles with UKC (United Kennel Club). She has her Superior Vehicles title, Superior Interiors title, Superior Containers title and Elite Exteriors title.  

Lively is a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Inc.).

OFA “fair” hips, PennHip 60th percentile, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (carrier), CERF, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free, free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency).

Lively has spent her life celebrating both her registered name and her call name.  She’s a fun dog, both to live with and to train.  She’s a very honest dog and always tries to quickly figure out what I’d like her to do, then does it with enthusiasm.

She would retrieve the ball all day long if I’d let her.  She was a great mom and is now a great grandmother, very patient and long-suffering with the young ones as they learn respect and self discipline.  At nearly nine years old she’s beginning to slow down physically due to arthritis, but she’s always ready for whatever I’d like to do and makes it fun.  She produced very well (I have two daughters, GloryToo and Spirit), and I also have two granddaughters (Mercy & Lovely) who have passed all their health screenings and will be bred in the next few 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,

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 TDInc, NJS, NR, NTO, NC 

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,

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

Therapy Dog, registered with TDInc (now Alliane of Therapy Dogs)

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.


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