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.
Bindi (Celhaus Mireya Bindi Satchke Umida) at 3 years
“This is just the smartest, most willing, totally responsive, family, children, livestock stable dog – and she has her alert notices intact and I have no worries should she need to discern between a fine situation and a tenuous one…and that is because of your sterling breeding program and I thank you so very much. She wouldn’t hurt the flea on a kid’s little head, she totally gets along with any dog who has the inclination to also do that – and will back off immediately if it looks like things might go south. She stops in the middle of a prey chase, she never tears anything up in the house – really never has – though I imagine she would have if I had not been a home body! Even Smoky thanked me the other day for getting her – as she doesn’t allow him to crawl into himself and sit when he is feeling out of energy! Now THAT is a big revelation for him to say! But – I’ve seen it all along – and he loves that she listens to him too and is not just “my dog” like our other shepherds have tended to be. But-as we know-that is also why we love German Shepherds SO totally. For an all round dog-whew…there is nothing like a German Shepherd.
Miss Bindi had an AWESOME day at Lathrup State Park. This was all accompanied by constant German Opera… I finally had to take the ball and put it up, and I loaded her in the truck with her breakfast which she finally wolfed down and down for the count she went…a TIRED Bindi is just the greatest!
Ruby (Celhaus Mount Moran) at 3 years
“Such a happy girl – just starting to mature (a bit)…still busy, busy”
Ruby at 2 years 6 months
“One morning while we were eating breakfast, we heard rusting in the kitchen. Ruby had arrayed her favorite toys in hopes we would stop “ignoring” her.”
Ruby at 2 years 5 months
“Hello – We know we’ve been remiss in sharing updates about Ruby so thought we’d let you know about her recent accomplishment in agility. She’s doing great! Still crazed and busy but settling down (slightly) and is able to focus better. Loves agility and is getting pretty good at it. We’d planned to start competition with her this summer but the COVID mess halted that. AKC offered the Agility Course Test option, so the video links are the first leg of that. Will spend the next few weeks working on the skills for the second leg which includes weaves – she’s almost there! Ruby sends hugs/kisses to you and Spirit!”
“Enjoying the view on a slow day.”
Ziggy (Celhaus Maverick Zigmund Bullet Luxman) at 2 years 11 months
“Sorry I haven’t sent any recent pics. Here are some from the past couple of weeks. He loves playing catch and swimming in the lake!”
Grizzly (Celhaus Mercy Grizzly Bryant) at 2 years 11 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 (Celhaus Miss Beyla Vanir) at 3 years 1 month
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.
8/10/20: “I’m so happy with Beyla. I never thought that this rambunctious high drive puppy-dog could have such a sensitive calming therapy dog side to her. This morning I was sitting with and supporting my friend through a panic attack and Beyla calmly came over, got on our laps, and layed her head on my friend and just sat with us as long as she was needed. Even though she got hot she just stayed there for 40 minutes. I think her max cuddle time this far has been 20 minutes, for a frame of reference. Another time I was grieving over my old dog who passed (whom I’d had since I was 15) and Beyla came and comforted me. She is such a good girl I’m so glad to have her.”
Beyla at 2 years, 10 and 11 months
1st photo: “She is so cute and sweet when she is tired. AND lets me love on her way more.
2nd photo: Beyla with cool lighting. She’s getting noticeably more mature. Still puppy, but I see a definite trend toward a calm, regal, mature Beyla.”
Bindi (Celhaus Mireya Bindi Satchke Umida) at 2 years 11 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.
“This is just the smartest, most willing, totally responsive, family, children, livestock stable dog – and she has her alert notices intact and I have no worries should she need to discern between a fine situation and a tenuous one…and that is because of your sterling breeding program and I thank you so very much. She wouldn’t hurt the flea on a kid’s little head, she totally gets along with any dog who has the inclination to also do that – and will back off immediately if it looks like things might go south. She stops in the middle of a prey chase, she never tears anything up in the house -really never has – though I imagine she would have if I had not been a home body! Even Smoky thanked me the other day for getting her-as she doesn’t allow him to crawl into himself and sit when he is feeling out of energy! Now THAT is a big revelation for him to say! But-I’ve seen it all along-and he loves that she listens to him too and is not just “my dog” like our other shepherds have tended to be. But-as we know-that is also why we love German Shepherds SO totally. I adore my huge fuzz butt chew toy too-for totally different reasons-but for an all round dog-whew…there is nothing like a German Shepherd. I grieve that most of them are smarter than the owners who have them…not that I’m saying I’m that smart-but I do try real hard to give a dog a good dog’s life and the rewards are beyond measure. For those who know dogs-she is always complimented on her manners, her happiness, her interaction and even her silliness or work ethic. She is VERY sweet. Not very cuddly-but very sweet. Totally adore that doggie pal! She’s solid now-all commands – occasionally a bit sidetracked – but always eventual! Gads-the other day-she did the best she’s ever done with the goats in terms of rating them, waiting (on her own!), pushing a little and stopping when they got to the door…woo hoo! They are getting a bit crabby as they are all preggo…due in August sometime.”
Beyla at 2 years 8 months
1st photo: “Me spying on Beyla as I work from home. She’s been training for a marathon with us and I think we finally found out how much activity she would prefer to have – training for a marathon’s worth of activity. She hates rest days! It’s been maybe a month and it’s cool to see the physique and muscle tone she’s getting with it (really our whole family of three, but definitely Beyla). The marathon is in July so I hope we’ll get to run. We’ll find another to run in it is cancelled, even if we have to go run 26.2 miles and make sure our gps records it.”
2nd photo: “Favorite new office mate.”
Bindi at 2 years 5 months
“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!”
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.”