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Specializing in Long Haired German Shepherds
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Congratulations Shelly and Panzer
Leila and Judge
Zoey & Quartz
Nadia and Jake
Congratulations Cindy & Major
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October 2012
New Page Created
Way to go Vasko
July 14, 2012
April 2, 2012
Rocko is now a Therapy Dog
February 4, 2012
Congratulations Gunther
Tuffi is Retiring
January 2012
December 30, 2011
October 30, 2011
October 12, 2011
9/13/11 Bunny and Draven's Retirement
August 15, 2011
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Reserve Best In Show

11/9/2014  Crooked River proudly announces that the one and only Draven took Reserve Best in Show in his very first show ever.  I could not be more proud of this big guy.


And - Like Father Like Son - little Mr. Ryker, following fast in his Daddy's footsteps takes Best in Show Puppy at only 8 weeks old. Way to go Ryker.  Looking for good things from you in the future.








Congratulations Shelly and Panzer March 16, 2014     Panzer passed his TDI test!!!    Rommel's Little Tank of Crooked River CGC, TDI is now a certified therapy dog!!!!   Congratulations you two for a job well done.


Leila and Judge

The long awaited Leila and Judge babies were born on March 8, 2014.  We have solid black and bi-colored longcoat's available, but bookings are filling up fast.

Watch the Litters/Available page at the link below to watch them grow. 

 http://crooked-river.com/litters.php

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Zoey & Quartz

 

Zoey and Quartz puppies are here.  The babies were born on January 11, 2014.  All of the pups will be gorgeous black and red longcoated puppies .  Get your deposits in early if you are interested in this litter.  Males are available only.

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STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES ON THIS LITTER.

Nadia and Jake

 

Nadia and Jake puppies born January 12, 2014.   Long and shortcoat puppies are expected.  Bookings are filling up so get your deposit in today, if you are interested in this litter.  Males and Females are available.

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STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES ON THIS LITTER.
Congratulations Cindy & Major
Major and Cindy passed their Schutzhund Trial testing to receive their BH under Judge Hermann Schaemann on October 12, 2013.  Way to go you two.
New Training Pictures Page added A lot of my puppy owners send in pictures of the training they do with their dogs.  I have added a new page with pictures showing the dogs and owners in their training classes. 

Check it out. http://www.crooked-river.com/training.php
October 2012
Aryia and Quartz have been bred. Puppies are expected around the 1st week of December and should be ready to go home around the 1st week of February.   Aryia and Quartz have each produced some beautifully colored puppies in the past and together the results should be stunning.  All of the puppies should be vivid black and red longcoats. 

Check out the available page for some examples of their babies.
www.crooked-river.com/litters.php
New Page Created

I have been working on a new page titled "Things you should know".  Check it out.

www.crooked-river.com/things.php

Way to go Vasko

September 9, 2012.  Vasko passed his CGC cert today.  Congratulations to Sue & Vasko.  He is now being added to the long list of CGC dogs that have been bred at Crooked River German Shepherds.  

11/11/12 - Vasko passes his TDI tests and becomes a "Certified Therapy Dog".

July 14, 2012

As a followup to my post of 4/2/12, I am pleased to announce that, after much soul searching and tons of cajoling from friends and puppy owners, I have decided to continue with my breeding program.     I really enjoy what I do and have met so many terrific people through the dogs that I have bred. I just cannot see myself doing anything else.  My plans are to move forward so look for some really nice breedings in the future.

April 2, 2012 All of the puppies are now in their new homes and it is time for me to take a break.  I have no plans for any more breedings this year. I have bred some beautiful puppies over the years but now I intend to just relax, spend time with my dogs and think long and hard about whether I will continue with my breeding program.
Rocko is now a Therapy Dog March 25, 2012.  A special congratulations to Debby and Rocko.  Rocko received his Therapy Certification this week.  A lot of hard work goes into getting this certification.  Way to go you two.
February 4, 2012 Dharma and Cezar's babies arrived on 2/4/12.  8 perfect little babies.  3 boys and 5 girls.  All the babies are doing well.  See the litters/available page on this litter and watch for updates as they grow.

Update:  All of the puppies are now sold and will be leaving for their new homes on March 31, 2012.
Congratulations Gunther

2/4/12  A very special congratulations to Gunther who earned his AKC Obedience Novice title today. 196 out of 200 points.  Well done Gunther.  I am very proud of both you and Peggy.


Tuffi is Retiring It is time for Tuffi to retire.  She is looking for her forever home.  If you are interested in adopting a really nice girl, please check the available page for more information.

3/7/12 update - Tuffi has found her forever retirement home.  She is a very lucky girl and will live a long and happy life with her new owners. 
January 2012 Cezar and Dharma have been bred.  We are expecting beautiful black and red and black and tan babies around the beginning of February.  The puppy go home date should be around the end of March or the beginning of April, just in time for Spring.  This is the perfect time to take home a new puppy.  Watch for updates.
December 30, 2011 Aryia and Rommel's babies arrived today.  They have blessed us with 5 healthy babies.  Three boys and 2 girls.  We will be opening a page for them in the next few days that can be seen on the litters/available page.
October 30, 2011
Rommel and Aryia have been bred with puppies hopefully due late December with a go home date in late February early March.   All puppies will be longcoated with beautiful black and red coats expected.
October 12, 2011

Congratulations Cindy and Major.  Major passed his CGC today.  A lot of hard work and dedication went into Major's training and we are very proud of you guys and your accomplishment. 

9/13/11 Bunny and Draven's Retirement

***Updated June 2016:  To date (6/25/16) there have been no other puppies sired by Draven that have been diagnosed with EPI.   There is no confirmed mode of inheritance for EPI or DNA test we can do yet for this disease.  We are sort of blind as to how it is passed on and the genes can be buried for a long time.  Because there have not been any other puppies diagnosed since the first and only one, I have decided to bring Draven out of retirement.  I'm hoping for no problems but even with perfect health tested parents you can still get puppies with problems.  This is why I am such an advocate for pet health insurance.  I know accidents and health issues can pop up out of nowhere.  Regardless, I like to let people know about this happening so that they can decide whether or not a puppy sired by him is right for them.  Here are some links to the latest studies if it interests you to learn more:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi?DOI=10.1111%2Fj.1939-1676.2009.0461.x#.V27XVp1btKQ.gmail

http://www.epi4dogs.com/currentepiresearch.htm

Original news from 2011 starts here:  I have received quite a few inquiries from customers and the general public wanting to know why I have retired Draven and Bunny.  I feel it is important that I direct my answers here so that others who are questioning this, know exactly why they have been retired.  My puppy owners have already been informed of these results but the general public has not, until now.
Both Bunny and Draven failed a set of health testing.  They both failed their TLI tests.  A TLI test is a test that measure's Trypsin-Like Immunoreactivity (TLI).  This is the primary test done to find out if a dog has EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency).  EPI can be a devastating condition that affects many breeds of dogs.  PIease follow the links to find out the signs and symptoms and more information on this disease. http://www.epi4dogs.com/ and/or http://vetmed.tamu.edu/gilab/service/assays/tli).

I didn't test Bunny and Draven originally because both of their parents passed those tests and I felt that it was not necessary at the time.  My mistake for sure.  Then, after a couple of Mischa's puppies (Draven and Bunny's mom) showed up as affected with EPI, I decided that I had better test Bunny and Draven.  (The affected Mischa puppies were from different sires.  I never bred Mischa to the same male more than once.)
 
I sent blood tests to Texas A&M University to have them both tested on 6/9/11.  The results for Draven's TLI score is a 4.0 with a normal range of 5.7 - 45.2.  His Cobalamin is 315 (normal range 251-908) and Folate is 9.2 (normal range 7.7-24.4).   The Interpretation as per TAMU: Rarely associated with signs of EPI.  However, most commonly associated with chronic small intestinal disease.   Bunny's TLI score results were much lower at 2.5.  Her Cobalamin was 418 (normal range - 251-908) and Folate was 7.9 (normal range 7.7-24.4)  Her interpretation by TAMU: Diagnostic for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).  Neither Draven or Bunny have shown any signs of this disease to date.  If they had I probably would have gotten them tested earlier and cut them from the program a lot earlier.
Years ago, I had heard rumors that a couple of Mischa's relatives had produced EPI.  Not ONE person who claimed to know this would or could give me proof of parentage with any actual reports of any test scores.  Unfortunately in the breeding world there is a lot of animosity and jealousy and if you listened to every rumor you would never breed any dog.  I did not believe these rumors until I had proof.  Well, now I do.  I also have to admit to a little bit of kennel blindness, something that a lot of breeders can fall into.  You can ask any of my puppy owners who have dogs from these lines and they will tell you, in no uncertain terms, that they have the most spectacular temperaments. If breeding were cut and dry, we would all have dogs with no health problems, but such is not the case and we have to learn as we go, unfortunately.
 
Mischa was spayed quite awhile ago and lives here with me and will forever.  Bunny has been rehomed to a home that knows of her possibility to become symptomatic of EPI.  She is under contract to be spayed as well.  Draven will live out his days here with me forever also just like his momma.  

Some breeders will use this post against me.  I've heard it all in posts against other breeders who try to do the right thing.... they did it just for greed, they did it because they don't care, etc.  Well, if I didn't care, why would I post this on my website?  Why would I let anyone know at all?  I wouldn't tell my puppy owners that called with problems, that I didn't know what was going on and to just go away.  I do lots of research and try to figure out what's going on.  Telling someone to go away and just deal with what they have going on is something I don't do and I won't do.  Everyone that has a puppy that has this condition (or any other problem ) can, and does, call/email me anytime they have a problem or an issue.  They know their family member is not without support.  I have and will make the situation right.  Heck, one puppy didn't show signs until well out of the contract terms. I haven't turned them away nor will I.  

As always, I invite my puppy buyers to contact me with any problem, or send a brag about your puppy.  I love to share your stories and accomplishments.  Without you I wouldn't know what I am producing.  I thank you all for that!

August 15, 2011

Welcome to my new website.  I hope you like it.  Take a look around.  Please check back often for news and updates. 

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