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Old 02-12-2009, 06:32 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I usually have no idea what to say in introductions, I am better at talking about my dogs than I am myself.

I will start with how I found this forum. A friend of mine I work in rescue with has been lurking here for awhile (come on Kate! register!!!) and had mentioned a couple topics to me recently that she thought I might be interested in. After reading through a few topics, I thought I would register.

I have been a behaviorist for more than half my life working mostly in clinical settings with humans. Obviously, that carries over nicely into my passion for dogs. The last few years I have managed a local Humane Society, with much satisfaction until restructuring and finances changed the organization. I have been doing GSD rescue for about 8 years. I felt the need to make sure I rescued while I am also a breeder. My family has always had GSDs and my love for them developed early in my childhood, as it did with my siblings as well.

I have several GSDs ranging in age from 2 years to 11. We lost our oldest girl Diva last year at 13 years and 1 day. I am not a breeder on a large scale by any means. I follow the german standard, which means, all of my dogs MUST be hip/elbow certified, earned working titles (I work my dogs in Schutzhund & herding), have a conformation rating, and a breed survey. I breed maybe one litter every year to every other year, basically because whelp takes time away from training and trialing. I only have one dog that does not do Schutzhund, and she is certified SAR/HRD. The majority of my time is spent training the dogs. I am fortunate that the DH supports me and my endeavors.

Besides Schutzhund and SAR, photography is my biggest hobby. I enjoy photographing just about anything, except snakes. I just cannot do that! LOL. I spend a lot of time photographing my dogs, the dogs in the SchH club I train with, and local trials. Recently, I have gone back to nature photography, another activity I can do that involves my dogs, if they don't scare nature away.

In joining this forum, I hope to talk with other like minded dog obsessed folks.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum, i'm sure you'll love it here. I will look forward to seeing some of your photos hopefully

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Hi There and Welcome to the Dog Forum. org. Happy you found us and especially me as I am a German Shepherd lover from importing West lines only work/show. I have six, I am Pat nice to meet you and do hope you enjoy.....
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I saw your photos on your profile, they are great, you have amazing looking dogs
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I saw your photos on your profile, they are great, you have amazing looking dogs
wow those are some amazing photos!

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wow those are some amazing photos!
They are aren't they, theres one that could be a Christmas card
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Ha your the one with a full sister to my Gillion, very high drive female got from Savini in N.Y.??? Thought the name sounded familar???

Hopefully you contribute to the forum and no faulting of what others have or purchase as I am about to import 4 puppies.
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Welcome here I love both shutcshund and sar (if you are refering to search and rescue). Hopefully Ill do both with my future rottie.

Tasha my rottie/shar pei mix was trained in the Swedish version of shutzhund but not for competition and she hates rain sa SAR was out of the pictre..

Saw your photos amazing dogs. I think you will like it here
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Thank you for the welcomes, and the nice comments on my photographs. I am fortunate that I have very willing subjects who seem to enjoy "striking a pose" when the camera is out. It is to the point where I have to be sneaky to get candid shots, as when they hear the camera they stop and pose.

Yes ShepL, I know Gipsi and Gillion are littermates. The litter was whelped in NH at my brother's house, as Diva lived with us. Chris is a close friend. I spent a lot of time with the litter from the moment they were born, playing with them and photographing them. I also own their older sister Gesha out of Diva and Quartz.
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Hi there

will look forward to seeing your photos

We have 4 standard Schnauzers 3 girlies and 1 boy who is slowly morphing in to a female hes so hen pecked

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