Miss Green (Bindi) went to southern Colorado to be a farm dog (dairy goats and chickens) and therapy dog. Miss Gold (Lexi) went to Virginia to be a Search & Rescue dog (their 3rd SAR dog from me). Miss Pink (Beyla) went to originally Washington state then to Alaska for Schutzhund, obedience and tracking. Miss Red (Ruby) went to Ft. Collins, CO to be a family companion and do obedience & nosework competition (their second dog from me). Mr. Blue (Ziggy) went to the Denver area to be a therapy dog and family companion for two busy boys. Mr. Yellow (Grizzly) went to southwestern Wyoming as a pet.
Beyla (Celhaus Miss Beyla Vanir) at 2 years 7 months
Name Story: Although being a goddess herself, Beyla is servant to Freyja, goddess of fertility. She is often connected with earth, and known as the goddess of bees… She is wife to Byggvir, also a servant to Frey and Freyja. Beyla is basically a god-servant to Frey, who’s the god of life, fertility, nature, etc. I thought it was fitting that she be named that (not only because it was a pretty name) but because she’d be my “servant” in that her job is to be protector and companion to my husband and I, and any future children. Vanir is simply the group of gods she is originally in. Thor and Odin and whatnot are in the group called Aesir (Aesir were thought of as being the powers that hold the cosmos together, the animating personalities of the “forces of nature.”). Vanir are the other “tribe” of gods, associated with fertility, wisdom, nature, magic, and the ability to see the future. It sounded nice paired with Beyla, and matched as far as meanings and aligning with Norse Mythology.
“We got a snow machine and Beyla loves following us around the tracks in our yard as we do laps. It’s really effective at keeping her tired and entertained.”
Grizzly (Celhaus Mercy Grizzly Bryant) at 2 years 5 months
“Every morning Grizzly asks me if I have written to you to let you know what a really good, smart, dog he is…. we both think of you often during the day.”
Beyla at 2 years 6 months
“She is such a pretty dog. I get compliments all the time. She maxed out at 55#.”
First 3 photos: “We flew into Sedona, Arizona. “She traveled great. We were the ones worried about how she’d take to flying. We rented a cruise America TV to try it out and Beyla doesn’t like it. She thinks the only place to ride is on my feet.”
Last photo: Josh and I were living apart while he renovated a house in Anchorage and I worked in Kenai. Beyla was a great companion during that time and I felt so safe having her at ome with me. Now that the project is complete, Josh has joined me on the peninsula and Beyla gets to hang out wirh Dad while he preps our cabin that we’re going to move into. Today they cut down a tree that was dead behind the cabin.”
“Here she is a month or two ago playing in the snow. We have a tire shaped dog toy so she doesn’t lose it.”
Bindi (Celhaus Mireya Bindi Satchke Umida) at 2 years 5 months
Name Story: Mireya is Spanish for miracle: Bindi is the Hindi forehead spot designating spiritual seeking, etc.; Satchke is Finnish for sparkle; Umida is Punjabi for hope/wish/desire.
“Here is Bindi in the early EARLY morning of Solstice—chasing snow clods getting thrown off the deck (by me!)…oh MY-I would hear her German operettas under my feet about ten feet down… A shovel full off the south and then the west side so that there was little chance she would really get it in the face…Leaps and landings and snuffles and arias later-she STILL wasn’t worn out.
Then Jeffrey (my son in law) and his little “Ashoka” showed up about seven with another load of furniture and Bindi and Ashoka had a grand time playing tug of bone and unstuff the bone and find the squeeker…all over the nicely cleaned floor…sigh… and play in the snow and leap frog and whew…it was exhausting just watching!
Bindi is pretty sure that snow is the best Christmas present ever! And wee fur friends to chase around in it even better!”
Bindi at 2 years 5 months
“On the way to Arizona…”herding” Monica-who is ahead of us with the trailer… ‘all tuckered out’ on her lambie blanket-which she still adores-and always lets her know that that is where she can be ‘home’. Wonderful traveler as always…was a hit wherever she went…Quiet as a mouse in hotels or public places, attentive, obedient and always enjoys visiting with whomever will give her the time of day! Couldn’t take many pics outside of Bindi because of the rain, though she had me laughing so hard in Durango-We were in the parking lot of the mall-which was closed….walking her around off lead before bed in the snowy, sleet-and she had her ball…She started nosing about a flower bed on the incline. I gave her a few minutes and when I called her-she came without her ball-so I sent her back to find it-which she diligently did-but got increasingly frustrated because it was not there…It dawned on me-she might have put it outside the edging-in which case it could have rolled down the hill-which was indeed what happened…so I sent her out on hand signals-and it took her a bit-but she found it again! Miss smarty pants.”
Bindi at 2 years 1 month
“Smoky took these while he was irrigating. Still haven’t gotten “the” shot-but we’re getting closer. She loves it sooo much…and lordy-you can’t begin to pull a weed and she is there-singing her German opera, and waiting with anticipation, eyes locked on to your hand and muscles tense in anticipation.
There is not a venture that she loves better-not even her ball! Gail commented today that she was probably going to have some arthritis in a few years-but lordy-this dog lives every day to the fullest and I absolutely can NOT deny her any of the ways she seems to enjoy grabbing life by the horns-so to speak. I try to vary it, and limit it and change it up, give her soft landing spots and other arrangements. She is just so “Bindi”. I adore her. She just never ever gives up…I have to step up and really read some subtle signs that it is time to quit for the moment or day…cuz she’s always ready! I’ve taken to counting and stopping at five or so big leaps. Or three long balls-then we go do something else…. She’s a dog with a mission-whatever mission! 🙂 Weeds beware!”
Bindi at 2 years, on a camping trip
“I just returned from a trip almost in your neck of the woods-and had been so out of the loop on the planning end of it-that I was not aware that it was going to be so close! I felt guilty for not being able to take a detour and drop in! We hung out in a really nice campground up above Buffalo Wyoming-already forgot the name! But it is close to the wee ski area about forty some odd miles south west out of town. I can’t begin to describe how absolutely stunning the wildflowers were-nor how totally amazing Miss Bindi and Miss Emmah (her friend’s dog) were-nor how grateful I was for their canine perspective and company…many was the time I just babbled at them or took them for another walk!
Bindi is doing great at herding on her farm, and when I shared the latest post about what she’s doing with another GSD breeder, she sent me this link to pass on to Bindi’s owner about how GSD’s herd: http://www.german-shepherdherding.com/herding-with-nicky/. That page had links to two also-fascinating pages: Explanation of large-flock sheep herding and the relationship with the dog that makes it happen (mutual respect): http://www.german-shepherdherding.com/large-flock-sheep-herding-ii/. And a fascinating article on selecting the GSD for herding: http://www.german-shepherdherding.com/the-large-flock-herding-dog.
Grizzly (Celhaus Mercy Grizzly Bryant) at 2 years 4 months
Grizzly went to a new home in November, 2018. He and his new owner continue to have daily contests to see which of them is the happiest.
“Grizzly keeps asking me if I have told you what a very fine dog he is…. I still have trouble imagining your world, with 6-8 pups showing up 3-4 times a year, with all of your long-time 9-10 dogs, and all of their respective personalities…. but, Grizzly is a jewel. He is unlike any previous dog I have had over the years. He is physically so beautiful, I have trouble keeping my hands off of him. He is so smart and attentive, I keep noticing details of his cognitive abilities and memory…. very cool. In a few weeks he will have been with us for a year…. and his training of us is almost complete…..”
Grizzly at 2 years 2 months
“Grizzly and I think of you every day…. particularly when we exercise with the 2 frisbees in the morning….. Here is an image from this summer…. All is well here. The only complaint Grizzly has is that white cat that was so evasive at first has no taken full control of the situation…. including taking to sleeping in the middle of Grizzly’s day bed in the morning… and not being willing to share it.”
Lexi (Celhaus Majestic Lexington) at 2 years 5 months
Lexi is in training for Search & Rescue
12/25/19: “Merry Christmas, Cel!!! Lexi is as always the best friend and companion we had ever hoped for. She is quirky, lively, loving and gives lots of kisses! Henry and she have a bedtime routine that is precious.”
Lexi at 2 years 2 months
“Lexi is wonderful, we are sitting together right now. She is quirky, loving and so originally different. We love her, she makes us smile everyday. Yes, fun and passion is why I love to work with GSD’s. They are so smart and fulfilling to be with. She is training really well and maturing faster than the boys. I certified in VDEM which was 2 weekends of onsite skills training about 6 hours south of here. It was a wonderful experience and great exposure to meet state level emergency management and learn how they run a search…I loved it! VDEM is the Virginia department of emergency management – the amount of training opportunities are beyond plentiful, their website is https://www.vaemergency.gov/. In the meantime, Steve and I work with Lexi. The seminars around here spark my interest.
Lexi is a hoot. She full on watches tv. I got up early and came down stairs to be quiet, i watched the Smithsonian channel on Yellowstone wolf packs. She sits their and does not take her eyes off the tv. When they all ran and got into a squabble, she gets up all excited and stands under the tv a few feet away. She has such a beautiful bond with henry, they roll around every morning on the floor. She wakes him up in the morning and stands at the door when he leaves for school and watches out the window. Here we are on a camping trip.”
Ruby (Celhaus Mount Moran) at 1 year
Ruby and her family stopped by to visit after a vacation camping in the Big Horn Mountains. I didn’t get the light meter set quite right for the early-morning sun, but at least you can see what she looks like – gorgeous and athletic! She loves her “sister,” Stella.
Ziggy (Celhaus Maverick Zigmund Bullet Luxman) at 10 months
Ziggy has been doing great! I have been trying to look into agility work here locally but am completely new to this so don’t really know what I am looking for. He is so quick and loves to play ball. He was bit by a dog at a dog park in January so unfortunately we no longer have that as an outlet for him as the vet told us she sees that frequently. We believe this experience unfortunately set us back with his training, especially around other dogs. He has started to do better with this recently. He loves the water and the sand. We go up to lake McConaughy in Nebraska frequently when it is nice and he absolutely loves the space to run and play. He has such fun chasing the small waves at the shore as well.