Miss Green went to southern Colorado to be a farm dog (dairy goats and chickens) and therapy dog. Miss Gold went to Virginia to be a Search & Rescue dog (their 3rd SAR dog from me). Miss Pink went to Washington state for Schutzhund, obedience and tracking. Miss Red went to Ft. Collins, CO to be a family companion and do obedience & nosework competition (their second dog from me). Mr. Blue went to the Denver area to be a therapy dog and family companion for two busy boys. Mr. Yellow went to southwestern Wyoming as a pet.
Grizzly (Celhaus Mercy Grizzly Bryant) at 2 years 5 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
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.”
Bindi (Celhaus Mireya Bindi Satchke Umida) at 2 years 1 month
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.
“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. See Bindi herding
Beyla (Celhaus Miss Beyla Vanir) at 17 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 ARE LOVING ALASKA!! It’s excellent here. Not unlike Montana or Wyoming, but bigger and more remote, which I like. We were living in Anchorage… though I started searching for a real job and ended working up in Kenai, which is 3 hours away from Anchorage. So currently Beyla and I live in Kenai during the week while Josh lives in Anchorage , and we see each other on weekends. Not ideal but worth it.
I’m so glad to have Beyla with me, I feel so safe with her around. She mostly keeps the moose and bears away by scouting the trail ahead of me. On weekends we’re adventuring and typically it involves a big hike, backpack trip, bike ride, or something else active that she comes along with. Really she comes with me everywhere I go, it’s weirder for me when I have to leave her home, so do so only for a short time when it’s truly necessary. She’s so well behaved and acclimated to being in public and around other people and dogs that she’s really really easy to take with me, and people are often impressed at how well socialized and behave she is. I get a ton of compliments on how pretty she is, too!
Part of the good behavior was/is a lot of love and respect and caring for her food and activity needs, but a big part was investing in a good trainer when she was ~6 months old. Robert (in Burlington Washington, “Leader of the Pack”, if anyone in that area is looking for recommendations) was a retired military and police dog trainer. From him we learned to understand Beyla’s behaviors, and how to communicate with her in a way that she understands, and that investment has paid for itself over and over. At this point its hard for me to watch people work with their dogs as they’re not on the same wavelength and lacking understanding of principles such as timing and effective and humane use of all aspects of behavior modification (positive/negative reinforcement/punishment), reading their dog’s body language, or the knowledge that there is a time, place, and humane use for training tools such as a pinch collar. I’m currently doing Nosework with a group (who are) very impressed with Beyla and her ability to not react to an instigating dog, and instead focus on me as I call her off to do something more fun, like walk or search or whatever. At this point with Beyla I regularly forget a leash at home, and have a “just in case” of wildlife electric collar that I don’t have to use because she listens well, and I’m very in tune with what she is focused on and can stop any behavior in it’s tracks with a sharp “Hey!” before it jumps her into high drive. Having Beyla has been such an enlightening experience and made me such a better dog handler, even with dogs that aren’t mine!
This understanding of her behavior and communication has applied well with Nosework. We started doing nosework at the beginning of June. The six week course is finished, and we’re going to continue. At the beginning of August is an ORT trial, and at the end of the month is an actual nosework competition. She is killing it at nosework, and we work really well as a team. She gets really excited to go to practice, and I practice with her daily. When I go out to walk her during the work day, I hide the scent in a few places in the parking lot before letting her out, and she finds them, and I treat her and we continue with our walk. This dog LOVES TO WORK. I feel so bad that I didn’t start doing something like this with her before – she loves it, I love it, it’s entertaining, really increases our bond, and our teamwork. I learn to read her better as well, and she learns to communicate with me also.
She is obsessed with sticks, which is typically fine. Its nice because I never have to remember to bring toys, as she’ll find something adequate to throw. As we walk she’s always upgrading her stick with one that is bigger and better, until finally it’s too big to throw and I have to tell her to “leave it”, and she starts over with the next stick she finds 🙂 Half the time it’s a non-issue because really she just wants to carry the stick, and get loves and pets throughout the walk. When we mountain bike with her though we have to make her “leave it” as she’ll get dangerously close to the spokes of the bikes. She’s not stoked on it at first, but then enjoys the running as a pack that she soon forgets about her left behind stick :)”
“She has such a personality, and is so simultaneously sweet, yet has the intimidating look and attitude one who gets a GSD wants (again, I feel so safe, and she does watch out for me too). She’s very vocal – not annoying and barking at everything (though she will get going if she hears the neighbor dog barking), but for example when you tell her to drop the stick and she doesn’t feel like it she’ll tell you all about it 🙂 It’s super funny. My sister loves her, and regularly takes her backpacking with her regardless of if I’m going or not. Beyla is so fun and really lightens the atmosphere. She’s so full of life and energy, she truly is a joy and there’s never a dull moment when she’s around. I love having her there right when my alarm goes off, and how active she keeps me.
So yeah, Beyla is doing great, and is a great dog. I’m glad to have put all the legwork into finding such a great and conscientious breeder (Thank you! Excellent work!) and well bred dog, and then continuing that quality with training and working with her. It’s paid off and she’s becoming more and more adult-like every day. I’m looking forward to having her around the next decade or so :)”
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.
Beyla (Celhaus Miss Beyla Vanir) at 10 months
We moved to Anchorage mid May and have been hiking and biking a bit, and last week we went backpacking for 5 days, so Beyla has been having some really good adventures with us as we all get acquainted with the place. 🙂
Cel the craziest thing happened. We were biking in Anchorage and I saw a dog that looked just like Beyla and I just had to stop and ask. And it turns out it was Pika (from the LL Litter) with her owners! Thought I’d let you know the cool coincidence. I have to update you with pictures. The play date was fun! We’re going to do a hike next I think. Beyla and Pika were so much alike (I told her they should be since both have Lively for their grandmother plus Pika is a Quasi daughter while Beyla is a Quasi granddaughter), They have similar mannerisms, quirks, and personalities, so it makes sense. We’re going to keep meeting up so they can work it out and become friends, it’s a great socialization exercise. They couldn’t decide who was head bitch. They’re both a little protective of Mom when around other dogs. They make the same noises (subtle whines to talk back, and not so subtle whines when they want something like a ball session) and facial expressions. They both chomp on grass a bit while walking (though I guess Pika will do so and throw up later if they don’t have her leave it, but I haven’t seen that with Beyla yet *fingers crossed*). They do this funny run-by-you-and-bump-your-hand thing. They both are ball obsessed, and will find a stick for you if a ball is not provided. We have the same collar setup on both of them: a pinch collar for leash walking and an E-Collar for off-leash, especially because of the moose and bear in the area. They both have really high drive. Pika is a little taller and filled out than Beyla, but they both look so much alike and are very similar sizes. They both get so excited when you get home it sounds like someone is dying (though this doesn’t happen to Josh, just Misty Jeff and I, and I think it’s because he ignores her for a bit when he gets home, whereas I’m excited to see my pups 🙂 will be experimenting to see if I can untrain her of that).
What else…. There is just so much they do alike that I thought was training but is more likely genetic. It’s so cool! They both will excitedly run at people to greet them if not reminded that that’s not appropriate, and scare the crap out of them if it’s a stranger because they’re intimidating looking GSDs, until they get to the people and reveal themselves to be simply happy to see the people, and then once sniffs are complete happily run back to their humans. They both run at full speed beautifully, with their ears down and gracefully “floating” over the ground. They both require a 45 min+ walk every day, and will let you know if they don’t get it.
Pika has bonded more to Jeff than Misty, whereas Beyla is more bonded to me. Misty thinks it’s because Jeff flew home with her and then watched her for two weeks because Misty had to be gone for work. After initial meet-and-sniff both dogs almost ignore the other humans and just focus on their people. Both dogs are very intense and are so intelligent, you always have one eye on them because they challenge in subtle ways. We’re both very impressed and in awe of your dog handling skills and your ability to train and title multiple dogs. Both dogs are very fun and sweet. Neither of us really had issues with them chewing as pups (I think in all I lost a phone charger and a baby sunflower plant-just the leaves though, no mess). So yeah, it was a successful meetup and we’ll be doing it again.
(I told her when I backpacked my dog would carry its food and supplies plus some cooking utensils).I’ll have to see what else I can have Beyla help carry The pack I got her is big, but I tried to keep it pretty light for the first go around as she’s not quite full grown and we hadn’t practiced with it. She was just fine with it though and it hardly slowed her down at all. She could probably accommodate a couple cooking utensils to free up space in my pack 🙂