Been quite a while since we posted any updates, but a lot has
happened the past several months.
It’s been a terribly sad
year for us. Last October we had to say good bye to our beloved
Catarina vom tapferen Herzen. A few months shy of her 16th
birthday, her happy disposition and bright mind were left
prisoners in a weak and immobile body. I’ve had some wonderful
dogs in my life, but realizing she could go on no longer was one
of the sadest days in my life. There is a very large hole in my
heart, that will never heal.
Four months earlier,
Catarina’s half sister Jasmine developed an extremely aggressive
mammory tumor, and we had to make the painful decisiont to end her
suffering less than a week after discovering the lump. Jasmine was
never sick a day in her life, and the sudden development of this
fatal disease left us completely stunned. We were devestated, and
it took us weeks to get over the shock, and deal with the loss.
Then, just 3 months ago, our wonderful male, Ian, had a
debilitating stroke, and with no options for a recovery, we had to
say good bye to him as well. Ian was one of the most intelligent
and talented dogs I have ever known, with an unbridled passion to
please. A big powerhouse of a dog, he would hunt until I put up
the gun and quit. But for anyone who knew him, he was probably
best known for his happy and friendly disposition. He helped me
train countless puppies, and never tired of luring them into the
ponds with a stick or bumper. Ian was an amazing spirit, and
again, left another another huge hole in my heart.
know Jasmine, Catarina and Ian have already found Dutch and
Quizzal, and they are all waiting for me in some big wonderful
meadow full of birds.
Now for some happy news:
Congratulations to Gary and Jean McCarthy on the successful
breeding and raising of their A litter vom Westerness Kennel in
Alaska. Gary and Jean bred Quessi vom tapferen Herzen and had 10
beautiful healthy pups, which have all been placed with their new
owners. It will be exciting to watch them develop and grow.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE OWNERS OF S AND T LITTER
PUPS FOR PREPARING AND RUNNING THEIR DOGS IN THE VJP TWO WEEKS
AGO. WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL THE DOGS, AND GRATEFUL FOR YOUR
2016 WILLIAM SHATTUCK MEMORIAL VJP.
(Except for Silke, who ran in Watertown SD)
tapferen Herzen, owned by Lynda Krull - 77 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Frank Wells - 75 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Kerry Moore - 73 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Logan Duke - 70 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Ken Kamrath - 69 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Clint Mason - 62 & 69 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Austin Bates - 67 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Dirk Bushman - 55 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Karen McNeese - 71 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Tyler Hummel - 67 pts.
tapferen Herzen, owned by Corey Whitehead - 62 pts.
WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!!
Next Stop - HZP!!!
Our Deutsch Drahthaar Breeding Philosophy
We are proud to embrace the high standards of selective breeding established and cultivated by the German founding fathers over the past 125 years. Our philosophy with our German Drathaars is to breed only when it serves to further the kennel's gene pool toward our ultimate breeding objective, and not simply to supply these versatile hunting puppies to anxious buyers.
By virture of a Drahthaar pup's birthright it should excel naturally at pointing, retrieving in the field and water, and blood tracking on leash any wounded big game animal. Disposition, performance, and coat and conformation are the three primary points on which we focus when making our breeding decisions.
We breed our hunting dogs with care, raise our puppies with love, train the youngsters with patience, and ultimately hunt our finished companions with pride. For that is our primary objective; to breed a hunting dog/family pet that is intelligent, cooperative, and genetically predisposed to point, retrieve, and track in the field, forest, and in water - in other words . . . .
A Versatile Deutsch Drahthaar