Past Stars

Gone but Not Forgotten

OB CH BLACK CHIEFTAIN CDX UDX

My first dog - Kim

In 1963 while just a slip of a kid I was given a 2 year old male German Shepherd, whose owners were going on to a farm and couldn’t take him.  Kim was a real handful.

He was an escape artist-who could get off any chain or collar. A wanderer -leave him outside alone long enough to answer the phone and he’d be gone! and you could never find him, until he choose to return.

A fighter - he would give no warning, one minute I’d be standing holding my dog on a lead, next I’d be flat on my back while he had some dog flat on his! But after considerable time and training he mellowed, and became a faithful companion – he and I travelled many miles, me on the bike and Kim following, we’d stop, I’d put the bike down and tell Kim to stay and off to whatever I was doing – returning several hours later to collect bike and dog and off again.  He was always a character – I taught him many tricks as kids like to – some would backfire – like when taught to roll he’d then roll in the stays, taught to speak he’d stand there in the distant control barking at me! Eventually when 9 years old Kim became an Obedience Champion and gained a UD qualification.

 

CH & OB CH VOLKERSON WANJE CDX UDX WDX

Next came a black bitch purchased from Barbara Glover – Nicky. She too was a wonderful companion for a kid – new mistakes to make this time, new mountains to climb! She became a breed champion, took Best in Show at Wellington District German Shepherd Club, gained her UDX, competed in, and then qualified at the first two Working Dog trials. She was the foundation brood for my kennels. I well remember the time we travelled to Gisborne for the first WD trial – her and I and a 6-week-old baby, in a mini!  Then the second WD trial in Taupo- where the tracks all went down to the Lake where they finished and unbeknown to us competitors that boatman was waiting there to pick us up! Yes even the handler who swore so hard at him for being too near the shore and putting his dog off! It was to be many years before I could accept there would not be another Nicky!

 

ASTA OF SARELLE CDX

Nicky’s daughter Becky remained with me to produce a litter, then was found a good home; she was so much like her mother but just not the same. 

 

ALERT RANGER CDX

I then purchased a male – a real solid dog he was too, but with such a gentle nature, such a contrast to Kim! However males were not my thing and he became a gentle giant for a little old lady.

 

 CHIQUITA OF SARELLE CDX UDX 

Becky’s daughter Chic was next in line, a loving bitch who needed more attention than a working mother with young children was able to give.  But she produced some lovely offspring – one of these was to become New Zealands first Working Trial Champion- Inca    

 

WT CH GEORGETTE OF SARELLE CDX UDX WDX TDX 

New Zealand’s first Working Trial Champion 

Inca was inclined to be a very lazy dog- if the track went up a hill Inca would go to the bottom, look up, then go the other way – trouble was I could read her like a book – and once I insisted she go up, she would give in and up she would go.  It was a very great thrill to gain that qualification; we had to travel to Dunedin to get it, as there weren’t too many trials around at that time. Sadly although Inca had three litters she never produced a suitable bitch so her line finished with her.

 

WT CH WILLETTE VON RACHER CDX UDX WDX TDX

Needing a replacement brood bitch I purchased Briar from the Braynes. She was a small sable bitch with a big heart. She had her share of bad luck – attacked at 10 weeks she was bitten on the face, leaving permanent damage to teeth, then again when she was a two year old damaging a front leg, which caused problems for some time. She unfortunately collapsed while at a show in Auckland and died prematurely at 7.

 

WT CH NICOLETTE OF SARELLE CDX UDX WDX TDX

Briar left me two bitches - Cristy a slightly wicked sable, who was inclined to get into whatever trouble she could!, but could she track! Because of her nature she was never bred from. Her half sister was the complete opposite

 

WT CH & OB CH ODESSA OF SARELLE CDX UDX WDX TDX

 Quest - A gentle and loving bitch, who was a delight to own and take anywhere.  I also got Quest’s litter brother back when he was 2 years old.

 

WT CH ORLANDO OF SARELLE CDX UDX WDX TDX

 Kane - A dog of superb temperament, he gained excellent medals in both breed and obedience at German shepherd Shows, but unfortunately we ran out of time to get his breed and obedience titles – if I’d kept him from the start-who knows!

 

SCALLAWAY VIVACIOUS CDX ADX

Funny GSD name???  Gemma was a Shetland sheepdog who thought she was a big dog. Bought for my young son who trained and competed with her, until he grew to six foot tall and she didn’t!! 

I worked Gemma for a while, she did well in agility even winning an Open class at age 12 years.

Gemma had three Sarelle litters - the Q, S and V litters – what lovely little puppies shelties are

 

WT & OB CH TAMARAH OF SARELLE ADX CDX UDX WDX TDX

Tamara - A real laid back softie; she did everything I’ve asked of her. She was the first of my shepherds to be able to gain an agility title, not a fast agility dog but very reliable. When she was 7 weeks in whelp I ran her in a TD trial- no jumps, so shouldn’t do her any harm! Trouble was someone forgot to her about the no jumps, and on the free track instead of going down the ditch and up the other side she leapt it in a single bound!  The ground fair shook when her and the pups landed! she continued on without breaking stride, completed the track, and two weeks later happily delivered the litter!

 

OB GR CH, WT CH & CH X-CITE-MINT OF SARELLE CDX UDX WDX TDX ADXGOLD

& WONDER DOG CHAMPION

Mint. What a fabulous dog!!!!  She did everything I asked of her – and more. A lovely natured bitch who was reliable and trustworthy in every situation and would always try her hardest. A triple Champion and to top it off WINNER of the WONDER DOG Television series in 2005.

She produced three litters, including 

OB CH & WT CH Yukon Strider of Sarelle CDX UDX WDX TDX

OB GR CH & WT CH Zest’O Mint of Sarelle CDX UDX WDX TDX ADXB

OB CH, WT CH & CH Be My Yusha of Sarelle CDX UDX WDX TDX

 

OB GR CH & WT CH ZEST’O MINT OF SARELLE CDX UDX WDX TDX ADXB

Zest was a very good dog, but she lived in the shadow of her mother ‘Mint’ . Zest had a thyroid deficiency problem which was successfully controlled with eltoxin. She had also inherited a fertility problem through her sire, and in spite of every effort she did not produce a bitch pup to carry on the line.

 

ICCARA FUTURE FOCUS AT SARELLE CDXG UDX CGCS ( Imp Australia)

Focus -with a need to restart my line I travelled to the Australian GSD National, and from there imported a bitch pup. Focus’s working career was limited – she was very difficult to motivate, and did not play with toys, however she did produce three litters for me. Her first litter was to OB Ch, WT CH & Ch Be MY Yusha of Sarelle CDX UDX WDX TDX, which produced the lovely ‘Harvest’, such a sweet dog and so like her grandmother ‘Mint’

 

And that leads me to my current dogs

 

I hope to remain involved with German Shepherds for many years yet, for me their willingness to please and their loyalty, makes them my choice for a complete ‘working dog’