This page is dedicated to the incredible dogs I've had the pleasure of spending a portion of my life with. Without them, I wouldn't be who or where I am today.
Courage von Hoffnung, CGC, AXJ, AXP
DOB: 05-14-05 - 06-27-18
Sire: Dagger Mir Wachter vom Kanas, CGC, CD, BH, WH
Dam: Tag von Hoffnung, BH, CDX, SAR
Height: 27 inches
Weight: 94 pounds
Hank speaks for himself. From the titles after his name, to his large, imposing size (27"), he is truly a magnificent dog. He was my first long coated Shepherd, and the one who made me fall in love with their distinct temperament and "joie de vivre." He has done a little bit of everything; from therapy work, to obedience and agility and search and rescue. He just retired from competing in AKC agility trials, and continued to bring home blue ribbons, even at his last show. He is one of the most forgiving dogs I've owned, and has probably taught me more than I have ever taught him in our 12 years together. I wouldn't be as versatile a trainer without this boy. He has been instrumental in my learning and competing. Thank you Elizabeth at Candle Hill Shepherds for this incredible dog.
Pyro vom True Haus
Certified Dual Purpose Patrol/Narcotics Police K-9 (VPCA) 2008
Certified Cadaver K-9 (IPWDA) 2013
Certified Human Remains Detection K-9 (ARDA) 2013
Sire: Tom vom Haus Pixner, OPO3, PSA1
Dam: V Uny Milvel ZM, ZVV1, CGC, FO, PA, P1, P2, P3, PD1
There isn't enough room on this site for me to describe Pyro. He is truly my do-it-all dog. There will never be another one like him, I am sure of that. From certifying as a Patrol and Narcotics Detection Police K-9 at only 14 months old, to obtaining multiple Human Remains Detection certifications at 6 years old, there is nothing this dog can't or won't do. His work ethic and drives are truly superior to any other GSD's I've met or worked. He will hunt all day; for articles, subjects, human remains, whatever I ask him to. His obedience is sharp, quick, and flawless. With just a look, he knows what I want and is beyond eager to please. Though his toy drive is through the roof, he would work for just a "good boy," or a pat on the head. It has been a privilege to work next to this dog for the past 6 years. He has made me a better trainer, handler, and owner. I would not be where I am today if not for him. Thanks Jim and Cindy of True Haus Kennels for my once in a lifetime dog.
On November 17, 2013, at 11pm, I said goodbye to my best friend, my partner, and the love of my life. Pyro fought hard for the last 6 weeks. Almost overnight he became sick. Many tests and specialists later, he was diagnosed with bacterial endocarditis. His mitral and aortic valves were torn. I was told by the vets that they couldn't believe he never showed any signs sooner. That was Pyro for you. He lived 4 more weeks after the vet told us he was in congestive heart failure. We made every single day count, and spent most days just laying in the yard, going for car rides, and letting him play ball. Even on his sickest days, he still wanted to WORK. This was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I miss him every second of every day. I can't believe we only had 6 years. But in true Pyro fashion, we "lived" more in those 6 than most dogs live in 12. My life will never be the same...he took a huge part of me with him. I love you bubba.
"It's been a long day, without you my friend, and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again..."
Kain was my first German Shepherd, and the one that started it all. It is only right that he is on this page. Though I was only just a kid when I rescued him, he ignited something in me that will last for the rest of my life. I fell in love not only with the breed, but training as well. He had been in 5 homes in the first 5 months of his life. "Aggressive" they said. (at 5 months old!) So he went from shelter dog to my constant companion. He only showed an aggressive side when someone tried to mess with me. He was the best judge of character I knew. He was what caused me to start researching bloodlines and every type of training one could imagine. Cancer took him from me at only 8 years old. I owe quite a bit to that "throw away dog" that no one would take a chance on. Run free my Kainey-man...til we meet again.