"How are you? I thought I would send a quick email to say 'hello' to let you know that Koby is doing great...I can't believe it's been a year 'tomorrow' so in honour of his birthday I wanted to say 'hi' to you and to let you know that he is doing great and IS amazing! He's such a wonderful and social boy who just wants to play all the time and loves to take long drives and especially his walks in the woods chasing deer (he finds them all the time). He's great with kids, loves the snow and everyone that meets him say that he's unbelievably beautiful and well-natured. So 'Thank You' and everything that you do. I hope both Cody and Kuna are doing well too! Oh, one more thing, we are meeting up with his sister, Zakia for a play date at the dog park on the weekend in honour of their 1st birthday.
I've enclosed some pics for you....take care and all the best! :-) Cheers!"
Denise Collarile Regional Manager Riverside, Sanctuary Park & Hillcrest Cemeteries 1567 Royal York Road, Etobicoke, ON M9P3C4
"Big hugs from me and Rosa. She is now about nine and half months old and is a wonderful family dog.
We go for walks often and meet lots of other dogs and people of all ages. The happy puppy is named for the white rose on the Town Coat of Arms and she seems to enjoy exploring the Town on our walks. As a younger puppy her interest in lawn bowling in the park surprised me when she sat down to watch. I think it was the rolling balls, mostly. And another surprise …she is a water dog and loves swimming especially when retrieving sticks from the lake. Her white coat is amazingly resilient to dirt even with her occasional romping in the mud of the fish pond!
Rosa is playfully inquisitive and even though she is still a puppy she is a quick learner. For example, she crate trained within days of me bringing her home and was no longer in need of crating by four months of age.
Rosa is much admired, many people comment on how beautiful a dog she is and she has a good temperament to match. I believe her early experiences at your home were instrumental to her development. I thank you for taking the time to socialize the puppies early and treating them so well. I also appreciate that you take the time to be accessible to this first time owner of a large breed dog."
Best, Miriam Cobourg, Ontario
"We took Stella for a walk in the woods yesterday so I thought I would send you some pictures of our pretty girl. She loves to climb up on this particular tree that has fallen down. Jim coaxed her up this fallen tree when she was just a pup, but now she just runs up it on her own. I took these pictures before she got into the pond and came out really dirty. She loves water so I take her and Lily almost every day to the river. She is a very happy dog, just enjoys everything, you can just see that in her. She's quite funny and has a very unique personality. I've also attached a picture of her with her best friend, Ed the cat. They hang out together all the time. It's very weird because she chases our white cat but never does that to Ed. We'll try to drop in some day on our way to the cottage. Talk to you soon."
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She is doing very well and fits perfectly with the family! She is a bundle of joy an loves to play in the backyard! She already knows ''sit'', ''lay down'' and asks for the door when she needs to go.
We want to say thank you again for our little Jay-Jay and we will update you again very soon!"
"Thought I would let you know that Kobi has settled right into his new life here on the east coast. He is a little rockstar at the dog parks! So many people stop and ask what kind of dog he is and comment on how gorgeous he is! He really is a great dog and we are so proud to have him as a member of the family!
I have him scheduled for puppy classes starting tomorrow which I think will be easy for him as he learns so fast. he already responds to come, sit, stay, lay down, paw, off, give and he (for the most part) uses the bathroom where we need him to! I had him at an off leash provincial park today and he stayed right along side me the whole time!
Thanks again for such a wonderful companion!!"
"Steve and I wanted to write a few lines for your testimonials section, although you have heard before from us about how proud we are with this happy and precious ball of fur you have trusted us, so people who visit your website can figure out what wonderful dogs you breed.
By the way, those who want to see how this puppy is growing, feel more than welcome to visit the page I have built and I keep updating at:
So much information can be found there, from the detailed pedigree with pictures for 5 generations, to the pictures and videos from the day he was picked up, surrounded by his canine family, to the moment he arrived at his new forever home, and then the "real time" process of growing.
To summarize these two weeks, since Beethoven is with us, we can say this is a super dog in every sense. Tremendous puppy. Time will just confirm this feeling.
About the look, I can say his structure is awesome, perfect scissors bite, symmetric and stunning ears, impressive black pigment in all the right places, big strong chest, well boned, very white fur, and the list goes on. Our veterinarian said "This is the old style great german shepherd dog, hard to find nowadays, and without that weird rear angulation". Big and beautiful. Strongly healthy.
About the temperament, for what we can see so far, this seems to be the dog that can do all: extremely active and lively, always in the center of the action, curious without fear, ready to lead any new challenge, quick to learn, extremely smart (he only needs one time to discover how to solve a problem), amazingly energetic, always happy and smiling.
Surprisingly he didn't show any fear or hesitation when we have made a big noise: on purpose I exploded a plastic bag to observe his reaction, what scared our older belgian shepherd dog. On the opposite, he tried to discover the source of the noise.
Beethoven plays with our dog (4 times bigger than him), during long sessions of chewing each other, and again, he is fearless.
I have the impression that with the right training and control he will be a great natural protector. Particularly I observed the behavior of his dad, Cody, when we visited you, and I was more than pleased: when I was outside (at the arrival) he barked fiercely threatening me with the message "Don't dare to invade this territory, or...". But when you granted me the entrance to your house, he immediately realized that I was someone to trust. And he was so extremely friendly and sweet with me (the video in Beethoven's page, referred above, is a proof), I could pet and hug him like we were old friends. What a big kisser! I feel his son, our joy, has inherited this fabulous temperament of his Sire.
Beethoven is seductive and charming. If he was a man, I would fall in love helplessly! Therefore Steve, my husband, doesn't have to regret anything. On the other hand, fortunately Beethoven is not a girl, otherwise I would be so jealous when Steve hugs him :-)
Another topic I would like to mention, to let potential buyers of Andega's puppies know, is the quality of life that Gabe gives to her dogs: each dog has his/her own fenced mini backyard with adequate shelters, everything clean and neat. This is not a puppy mill. It is not by chance that Rhonda McMahan (Surefire Shepherds), the breeder of White German Shepherds with the highest reputation of in the U.S.A. has given Gabe the quality of dogs she has for Andega's breeding program. I have no doubt that Gabe has to be the best WGSD breeder in Canada.
Steve and I couldn't be happier with Beethoven, and we are 100% sure this will remain like this during the (hopefully VERY long) life of our puppy. He is a jewel that deserves to be treasured."
"The puppy is absolutely wonderful. Julia is totally in love with him. We are trying to crate train him but he doesn't like the crate. He loves going outside. He likes the snow. He loves our Lab named Lucky, -he follows him everywhere and Lucky won't let him out of his site. Since Tasha died, Lucky had no one to run with and now he follows Woolly everywhere. Woolly barks at the cats and they just keep their distance. They have grown up with dogs so they are not intimidated by them. So far, so good with Woolly. I let him out about 2-3 times during the night. How long does he usually sleep during the night before he needs to do potty? Any tips, please pass them along.
Also, its nice to have a baby again. He is sooooo cute and cudly and he is getting smothered with kisses. Thank you again for letting us adopt him. Its fun watching Julia because she calls him her baby and he gravitates towards her. Its a beautiful thing. How is Meagan? Does she miss him? Tell her thank you for raising such a wonderful puppy."
"Matt and I just wanted to update you on how Grayson is doing. He is the most amazing dog! He has not had an accident in the house since the first week we brought him home (which is especially impressive considering we live in a condo and don?t have a backyard). He slept through every night we have had him in his crate without complaint. He sleeps on all car rides on his Batman blanket in the backseat. Grayson walks to work with me everyday, and we live in the downtown core of Toronto so he passes all sorts of distractions such as sirens, protests, parades, concerts and masses of people and he heels beside me the whole way. I work at a dog day care and he is still in the small room because of his age, but he plays so well with the little dogs. His best friend is a French Bulldog who likes to chew on his ears while they wrestle. Grayson is incredibly friendly, outgoing and calm. We get stopped all the time by people who want to fawn over him, and he is always the perfect pup, he doesn?t even jump up on little kids who squeal and pull on his ears. We have taken him to Toronto Island on the ferry, and he has seen the fireworks over lake Ontario and he is perfectly content with all new experiences. He is very food motivated and so easy to train and is great off-leash, as he very conscientious of Matt and I. We could not be more pleased with him, thank you (and Sega and Cody) so much for such a wonderful puppy!"
Lizzie, Matt and Grayson
Ps. I've attached some pictures, and we will send more when he is 6 months along with proof of his neuter.
"I just wanted to give you an update on how Mako is doing. He has been a great addition to our family. He loves the dog park we take him to. He just started puppy kindergarden. He is so gentle with the kids and pets in our family. He gets his next shot on the 30th of June and I will send you an update and some photos."
"Jim and I couldn't be more pleased with Stella. She is just beautiful and is a really happy puppy. She is very friendly and has a nice personality. She never strays too far from Jim and I or Lily and she absolutely loves water. I set up the kids old wading pool for her and she jumps right in. If there is a puddle she dives right in. We take her to the Cobourg dog park 3 or 4 times a week and she loves it there. It was funny there one day when a friendly Great dane frightened her. If she gets nervous she goes right between my legs and stays there. Lilly, who is not submissive at all chased it away. I have never seen Lily do that before, it was like she was protecting Stella. We have had all kinds of people comment on how beautiful she is. I've attached a few pictures. She is bigger than Lily now, when she first came home she could walk right under Lily. Stella and the cats get along really well, sometimes I see them eating out of the same bowl. I've attached a few pictures of her."