Whelped 10/27/18: 4 black males, 3 sable males and 1 sable female
Mr. White went to Colorado for competition in obedience, tracking, agility, dock diving, barn hunt, rally and Schutzhund, and possibly breeding. Mr. Yellow went to Montana to be a therapy dog and to compete in rally, nosework and possibly agility. Miss Purple went to western Wyoming to be a therapy dog and do training but probably not any competition. She is their 4th dog from me. Mr. Black went to Ohio and Mr. Red to South Dakota, both as therapy dogs and to be family pets. Mr. Black is their third dog from me. The others went to be pets: Mr. Orange went to Alaska, while Mr. Green & Mr. Blue went to Colorado.
Pax (Celhaus Peace on Earth) at 1 year
“We are so very sorry to hear of Quasi’s passing. My heart is heavy, knowing how much you will miss him. Please know that Pax has inherited Quasi’s “happy, outgoing, social” temperament that you described. Our vet here in Maumee is young but good. She and her staff are very impressed by sweet Pax’s temperament and his striking beauty. Neutering comes next, after we are done with the house closing and with running down to the old house on frequent weekend trips. I had been anxious about waiting so long to neuter him, thinking it would be difficult to deal with an intact, adult male GSD, but he has been a total sweetheart. He knows when to protect, and when to be sweet, and he listens SO WELL. I will text you a couple of photos: the first is of his first snowstorm; the second is from last night, Daniel reading at bedtime, 4 dogs assisting. Pax is at lower right. That is “his” spot on the bed. There is a major exodus when I get in. Otherwise all I seem to capture are action shots, in which he is a blur, or pictures of him sleeping. I am not a good photographer, and he is active – haha, a poor combo for capturing shots of him.
Stay well, keep warm, and know we wish you peace.”
Pax at 10 months
Bear (Celhaus Pherein Brave Hart) at 1 year
“He’s such a sweet boy. They love him at the nursing home.”
Malachi (Celhaus Pjesma u odjek olujo) at 1 year
Meaning of the name: “It’s Croatian [my family heritage] and means “the song in the echo of the storm” or conversely in English “the song in the storm’s echo.” I like storms, and was inspired by a beautiful song by nya called echoes in rain.
“Here some autumn photos of Malachi on our day trip to Glacier. There are also some of him being absolutely no help raking the leaves; every pile I made he went and grubbed around in, and the instant I raked another pile, he migrated to that one and rolled it flat .”
Malachi on his 1st birthday
“My parents came up to celebrate since my birthday is the day before Malachi’s, and he had fun opening presents and eating ice cream cone cupcakes with his ‘cousin’ (their dog). Afterwards my parents got on the road to beat a snowstorm, and I couldn’t find him, and he was soundly passed out in the bathroom from all the festivities. He didn’t even wake up when I walked past him to take a picture.”
Echo (Celhaus Piper Echo) at 1 year
“Early morning game of tug..”
Echo at 43-45 weeks
“Loving the sun roof. Echo enjoying the mountains – You’re kidding, there are bears here?’ With the grandson. Watching Fox and Friends.”
Samson (Celhaus Pirate) at 1 year
“Waiting for mom to come down from upstairs! Samson trying to get all of his tongue into his mouth! Impossible!”
Samson at 32 weeks
First photo: “Trout fishing – Sammy has one spotted!”
Second photo: “Ready to go search and find! Kind of like his cousin, Lando!” (Lando is from the LL litter)
Jake (Celhaus Paragon of Gioia) at 48 weeks
“Happy Birthday 🎉 to our beloved Jake and his PP brothers and sister! Fun in the snow! He wore himself out running and playing in the first snow of the season. Now snoozing by the fire before he gets his second wind. Rough life… “
Jake at 48 weeks
“Hi dear Cel. Hope you’re enjoying the cool nights of fall. We’re trying to remind ourselves why we love this monster. Trying to get past it but today we actually threatened the “snip-snip” procedure. Love him beyond life. Know you know who so well what I’m talking about! Hugs! The stripes on his nose are from spider webs in the trees. Chasing and flushing everything that moves. Ugh.”
Jake at 34 weeks
1st photo: “Look Gma! A new sleeping bag! ”
2nd photo: “He loves camping.”
3rd photo: “He loves his elk antler…”
Pazuzu (Celhaus Pazuzu) at 7 weeks
7/11/19: “It has been a while since Emma and I have sent in an update on Pazuzu, but he is doing great! He is growing up so quickly. He is now nearly 80 pounds, and he does not seem to be done growing. He is still training for protection work, and he is getting the idea of what he is supposed to be doing now. He has also been doing nosework and basic obedience. I’ve attached some pictures of him doing his thing.”
6/19/19: “He is progressing well in bitework foundations and has started screaming for the bite, indicating that his drive is kicking in or turning on. He is getting big enough that I am going to have to get a longer leash to wrap around myself as the back tie – at over 70lbs, he can almost pull me off my feet lunging for the toy or sleeve. He is also progressing phenomenally in barnhunt, although we might have to put that on hold for a bit until we figure out the best way to get him off rats. He will scream and bite at the tubes, and getting him away from the tube so the wrangler can come get it is proving to be more and more difficult with every practice. He is a slow and methodical searcher, but it is very clear once he finds a rat. I can see the nosework lineage in his work, he has a natural talent for it. Watching him work a scent picture is beautiful, I have no doubt that he will be fantastic at trialing.
“The other day we were working Obedience with a trainer in a public park and out of nowhere someone’s little girl (barely taller than Pazu) comes running up to us and launches herself at Pazuzu for a hug. There was little to no time to stop her if I had wanted to, but he was not phased by it at all. He just stood there in “drive mode” and let this little girl hang on him. She grabbed his face and gave him rough, little kid pets. After she let go she asked to give him a treat and I let her give him a piece of cheese after showing her how to hold her hand flat with the cheese in the middle (he has a big mouth and can be grabby). He was a perfect gentleman and gently took the cheese from her (and not her hand) and she went on her merry way. That moment made me so thankful that you socialize the pups with children and the elderly from a young age – that picture could have gone very differently had he been a less well-balanced dog. At 7 months old he was able to react appropriately to a completely new situation (one that freaked me out for sure) and keep a level head during the whole ordeal. We were able to keep working afterwards, though we kept an eye out for additional stray children.
“He had his first “swimming lesson” last month, which was comical to say the least. Swimming/jumping in a clear water pool is more difficult to a dog than in a cloudy body of water. He was pretty hesitant to go past where he could touch for the first portion, but we upped the game by throwing a retrieval toy into the water just in front of him. That presented quite the conundrum because he HAD to retrieve the toy, but also wasn’t sure what would happen if he couldn’t touch the bottom. He talked through his decision making process (screamed through it) and ultimately launched himself into the water after the toy. He is a natural swimmer! The intro pool lessons are only 45 minutes long, start to finish, and he went from never having swam before to launching himself off the side of the pool and retrieving in the water. I foresee a dock diver in the future!”
For the second time, I have a litter with two pups given the same call name (see the LL litter) , and again one is a sable and the other is dark (in the LL litter a bicolor; in this litter a black). The people who took the sable have a tradition of naming their pups “Samson” and this one is their third, so he is Samson III. Hopefully you can keep them apart.
Samson III (Celhaus Perfect Protector) at 36 weeks
“I’ve included some recent pictures of Samson now at 36 weeks, on his first motor home trip. Full of energy. Reminds us often to go to the front yard for ball time. He loves the routine. Showing some great traits when it comes to contact with people or other dogs. He is very friendly with strangers as long as we are with him but not too tolerant if we are inside the house. He reads us and calms down immediately when we tell him to settle. He is stubborn, fearless, and loving almost all in the same moment. High energy, high prey drive (even though his testing didn’t show that) and high play drive. He is now at #70 and trim. We get a lot of great comments about him. He is becoming a really great buddy.”