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This is a common problem in large breed
deep-chested dogs but can also occur in smaller dogs.
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then leads to tissue death. As tissues are damaged, toxins are released
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I finally got her and she is
SUCH a wonderful dog. The best
mannered puppy I have ever known. We
love her so much. Pictures below!
Merkel's Regatta UDT, OFA Hips &
Elbows son and I believe as smart as
mos. old) he
and the next
When we were
try him on a
He had never
so much it
I told him
going to go
then I told
him to find
on it and
like a toy.)
I put his
(so he would
know he was
and he began
to grid the
It was a
his big nose
into a pile
dog, but he
me and my
car when he
see Luger in
him to death
and had him
work as my
took him to
She was so
by him we
were in her
was that he
was one of
with one of
that he was
safe to work
hurt me she
been one of
I know that
he was the
and would go
We had a lot
due to my
so we didn't
do as much
as I would
but we were
had a busy,
I don't have
a lot of
him - some
I don't have
access to it
Give me a
and I will
what I have.
I had a
send you a
He grew up
to be sure I
(I'm only 5'
They knew I
wanted to be
sure he was
each other -
me pick out
We were a
match and it
time to get
Just wanted to touch
base with you.
Here are two
attached photos of
my children with
My daughter cried
all morning she was
so overcome with
was a precious
Heidi went back to
the vet today.
We had her looked at
by a vet that was
He attempted to fax
you the paper work
but was unable to
get the fax to go
went back to our
normal vet for her
eight week visit
today. She now
weighs 13 pounds
1and 1/2 ounces.
The stool samples
She is up to date on
all shots and seems
to be thriving.
I will send you
pictures, She is
gorgeous and has a
She will be 2 in May
and I would
having her bred.
January 28, 2008
I am very sure about the
last digit being a "2"
The BRL2 part of the tattoo
is very clear. It's
only the beginning of the
tattoo is obscured by her
Thanks for the description.
I will memorize. Lainey is
so striking that lots and
lots of people ask about
her. A lady at the
restaurant where we
took Lainey just last night
says she shows her German
just couldn't get over how
beautiful and well-behaved
Thanks so much for letting
me have such a wonderful
Lira - Irsus daughter
"Kota"@ 10 weeks
"Kota" @ 6 months
"Kota"at 11 months
Cita - V Irsus son
I just wanted to give you an update
on Lainey. She is just a
The drive home went very smoothly.
Due to traffic it actually took much
longer than expected and we also had
to stop while I took a conference
She was great in the car! She
didn't get sick or whine. She just
looked out the window and sometimes
just lay down and rested. We
stopped for the call on a
country road near a grassy field
(not at a dog park or place where a
lot of other dogs would be) and she
was great just walking around with
Franklyn. Now we ride in the
car most days and she is a real
trooper. She easily learned to
"Wait" when I open the door so I can
get her leash on her and when I put
her in the car so I can get the door
shut without worrying that she'll
get caught in the door trying to get
She wasn't eating much for a week or
so, but now is back eating at what
seems to be normal amounts.
The housetraining is a bit of a
challenge too. If you have any
suggestions on that one, it would be
great to get them. However Lainey
is so good with everything else, we
just keep working on it. Also her
ears are still erratic. Is
there anything you know of to be
sure they go up?
We have found what seems to be a
good vet and we are working with a
trainer who will come out about
every other week and coach me and
Lainey on "Sit", "Stay" and the
other official stuff.
She is very smart and the trainer
commented on her great "work ethic".
She seems to love the training. . .
or maybe the treats.
We go for walks on the trails around
here every day. She goes
shopping at Petsmart with me and
walking the shopping centers and
When the weather is nice, we go to
Starbucks in the morning for coffee
and she sits outside with me and
makes friends with everyone walking
by. She is a little reserved
with new people and dogs but quickly
overcomes that when they are
friendly to her. She has also
gone out to
Sunday brunch and dinners
with Franklyn and I at local
restaurants that have patios.
She is very good but people just
keep stopping by and getting her up
to pet her!
I am typing this at the breakfast
table and Lainey is quietly laying
under my feet at the table.
She doesn't counter-surf or table
surf, she does however really like
it when the ice maker in the fridge
drops and extra piece of ice and she
can play with that until it melts.
It turns out Franklyn is a big
softy, he's now saying stuff like
"If you're busy, I'll take Lainey
out" and "Let's try this
BBQ restaurant I just saw, it
has a real nice looking patio for
She has been beautifully socialized
and we continue working on that.
She is currently getting used to
deer. My daughter is thinking
about bringing her cats at
Christmas so we'll see how
that goes too. Thank you for
letting me have such a beautiful and
well socialized puppy. I keep
thinking that she doesn't know the
official "commands" but she sure
knows most of the important
stuff about being a member of the
Just to give you an update on
Lainey. We survived the
holidays and all the visitors.
Everyone just loved Lainey! She is
great with people and is very
attaching a photo of her with my oldest
daughter. Franklyn wants to do
more and more with her and is very
attached to her. He now watches the Dog
Whisperer religiously and is always
reminding me about my "energy".
Good Grief! We are continuing with
obedience training and have started
agility training as well. Lainey
is the smartest in the class by far!!
I take her everywhere I can and she is a
great traveller. We also now go to
the dog park where she is a great
favorite and has lots of friends, both
human and dog. She is having most
fun with a boxer that is the same age
and as Lainey and with a big poodle and
an Irish wolfhound. It's like
they've formed a play group!
Finally I still don't seem to have
received Lainey's AKC registration
papers. I'd really really
appreciate it if you would send them
Thanks very much
"LAINEY" (7 mos)
Thank you for
13 years and 8 months of the most loyal
friend in the world. Duchess was
laid to rest today and will be sorely
John and Eve Roberts
August 30, 2007
Here is a recent pic of
Ruby with my daughter.
Here are a couple of pics
of Ruby. Thought you'd
like to see her colors
and how she is
progressing. The right
ear is sometimes a bit
floppy at the tip
(usually in the
mornings), but as you
can see, it is generally
upright most of the
Bruce & Ann Marie
"RUBY" (4 mos)
the story of
one of your
We picked up
with us from
Texas to our
She has been
the love of
She was the
off leash in
the top of
the peak at
with us, at
our home in
our 6 acres.
She was a
dog, and we
have her in
able to love
have her in
for 12 1/2
much, and we
of Bella as
well as some
you so much for the visit today, you
have an amazing setup. It was
our pleasure to you. Your
boy's and girl's are exactly the way
I imagined them, very proud,
wonderful personalities, good
natured and beautiful.
all of the excitement and fun we we
had, I forgot to ask for a receipt
for my records. Would you
please email me one? I
appreciate it. I look forward
to hearing from you in the near
future. I am looking so
forward to the addition to our
Hello Ms Merkel,
Back in October 1993, my wife Diana and
I bought a female puppy from you.
We named her Delilah. She was a
sweet, wonderful pet that we loved
dearly. Dellilah died in December
2006. She lived a long life,
giving our family lots of love. We
miss her dearly.
It has taken me awhile, but I am
thinking about getting another puppy.
We are looking for just a good family
dog. We won't be showing the dog
or putting it through any specialized
work training. We would prefer a
puppy. Do you have any available?
(V Lena vom Ochentor SchH3,
KKl 1a) has adapted rather well
to her new digs. She is
practicing her commands and
training is going along just
fine. We changed her diet
and her diarrhea has gone away,
but not her appetite. She
is something else, she will not
alone for a second. She
follows me around the whole day
lays next to me while I am in
the office or on the couch.
sleeps next to us on the floor
or in her crate and wakes
up around 7. She wants to
play all the time and loves to
learn new tricks. She is a
Lena's coat has gotten much better
after I combed all the
bunches of hair off her. It
now is so silky and soft and
red hue is brilliant. She
Tuesday she goes in under
the knife and I'll have the
send, email or call with the
info, which ever you need.
I'll then need all her papers and
a bill of sale.
cousin is coming down in
February and he is interested
another dog to compliment the
one GS he has now.
A couple of pictures of Ruger at the
beach, he had a great time and there was
alot of sandy stools!! His ears are
still not up, but he is still teething
and won't be 5 months until the end of
I have heard of having to tape the ears
up at 5 months, should I be ready to do
Lena/Mambo puppy 7-16-06
Just an update on our handsome Tex(G-dog) who we purchased from you a few
weeks ago. Our trip home from Dallas was calm and non-eventful we almost
thought we had the wrong dog. Tex made the transition to our home very well.
We did have a couple nights of crying yet we are all now sleeping
sound and comfortable. Tex loves to be with all of us and enjoys his big
back yard playing with the boys. The boys spoil that dog! He loves to sit
by mom out in the grass when I do my gardening. He is such a great
companion and we are so happy with our Tex!
We will send a picture in the weeks ahead.
Thank you and I hope all is well!
Sat, 15 Jul 2006 10:46:03 -0500
Just thought I'd drop you an email to let you know how
things are going. I hope you get this one. Here's with crossed fingers.
Forgot to tell you that the puppy's crate was not messy after that long
trip. I put the crate in my kitchen, but not surprisingly he will have
nothing to do with it. The only time he ever had anything to do with
it was when I used it as a barrier between the kitchen and dining room,
but puppy just pushed that thing out of the way and followed me into
the living room. Just wanted you to know that I am more than pleased
with my little guy. He has just taken over the place. Shasta just looks
at him and turns and looks at me as if to say "look what he's doing
now." Last night he followed me up stairs, but I had to carry him down.
He goes wherever he pleases, exploring this and exploring that. When I
talk to him, he talks to me - let me rephrase that he responds in his
puppy voice to what I am saying. He's a lot of fun already. I have not
named him yet. Want to pick just the right call name to suit his
little personality. What a wonderful puppy, Dyan. I am more than pleased.
I look forward to getting his pedigree and color photographs of his
mother and father. Thanks again, Dyan.
Ussi/Mambo puppy 7-4-06
I hope and trust this finds you
doing well! I thought I'd drop
you a line
with a couple of updated pics of
Liebe . As you know, she
turned a year
in May, and she brought so
much joy to our lives. She is
hoped she would be; such an
incredible companion. She is real
our friend's golden retriever, as
you will see in the tractor picture.
She has such a fantastic
temperament and loves just about
everyone she meets. Lately,
she has learned to jog alongside of
me while I am riding my bike.
I find that this is the only
way I am physically capable of
giving her the exercise she requires
She also likes to play "find" in the
woods where we are working on her
tracking skills...she's got a great
We have a new address and I have
included it below. We have not
received the AKC paperwork for her
as of yet and would appreciate your
sending it to our new address as
soon as you can.
Kerrin (and Joe) Kostelic
this mail finds you well. It's been a while
since I've spoken to you and I hope everyone is
doing fine. I really just wanted to let you
know what a joy Tessa is to have in our home.
She is truly a member of the family. We can't
remember a day without her. And three years old
already!! She is incredibly obedient and an angel at
home (as long as you set her up for success =) ).
She is amazingly intuitive and a wonderful companion
for the kids. She'll wait at the door and bark
when my son's bus pulls up, and told us when we had
a flood in the basement. She plays baseball
with my husband and son and retrieves the ball when
they hit it in the outfield. People watch in
awe and comment how their dog usually runs off
with the ball! She's quick to trade a toy for
a piece of ham, dropping it at your feet, and
doesn't hesitate to retrieve the paper for a snack
as well. In the pool, she jumps in and pulls
the kids out of the pool by their arm if they get
too rowdy. Last spring some baby squirrels
fell out of our pine tree and she kept watch over
them and came to tell us they were there. She
gets pretty territorial with her yard, and will
chase the squirrels away, but her true mothering
side came out that day! She's a joy, and I
just wanted you to know that she was still our
shining star. She and cricket (our cat) are
getting along great, as well. It was a perfect
match. Thanks for a wonderful dog. I hope to
hear from you soon, and I will send more pictures as
soon as I figure out how to access them. =)
wonderful holiday and my best to your family...hugs
Date: Wed, 11
This is a
to see how
out. We are
and she is a
She still is
has to learn
not to jump.
We made I home about an hour or so
ago. Everything went really
good at the airport – she was fine.
She is beautiful. The kids
really love her and were surprised.
Bristol our other dog so far is
being far more tolerable than I
thought she would be. We have
named her Phoenix – I thing you said
you needed that for the paper?
I wasn’t sure. Rena
Dyan, Cessi is a welcome addition to
the family! I forgot to ask is
she on heartworm med - and if so
which one? I will send more pics as
she grows! Liz
Dyan - I first
want to apologize for being so
stressed out during the buying
transaction last week. As a
Texan co-worker explained to me,
life is very different down South.
It is nothing like living in New
I want to thank you so much for
sending us Kane. He is
everything we were looking for and
more. My husband, Mikey - our
3-yr. old son, and I all went to the
airport together to meet him.
We watched his plane land and were
right there to take him from the
cargo area. He was very calm
and content when he arrived.
He was happy and his carrier was
spotless! Amazing. He
had no problem meeting us and riding
for about an hour in the car both on
my lap and in the back of the SUV,
on the way home. And, I wish
you could have seen him when he got
out of the car and ran into about 3
feet of snow! He was
hilarious. Clearly, a dog that
wasn't familiar with so much fluffy
white stuff. He licked the
snow banks along the front walk all
the way to the front stairs.
Then, he jumped on top of the snow
banks and ran around the front yard,
sinking into the snow with every
step he took. After a few
minutes of sniffing for grass - he
gave up and learned to use a section
of snow in the front yard.
He is a very good natured puppy and
very easy going. His size,
color and markings are very
impressive. He is exactly what
we were looking for, and he is
already turning heads wherever he
goes. After one week with us,
he is house broken and he does not
use his crate. We used the
crate for his first two nights until
he got used to the house and our
routines and then we were very
comfortable letting him spend the
night in his own bed. (He has
a full size mattress w/sheets, a new
comforter and lots of pillows right
at the foot of my bed.) He
loves it and knows that it is his
bed! When he takes his toys or
steals our socks and other laundry -
he runs right to his bed with them!
This Saturday we visited with a dog
trainer, who works with Mike
Pinkston (who you may know or have
heard of). Mike is a very well
known german shepherd trainer and
lives in NH. Friends of our
family work with Mike on a regular
basis. These people were
unbelievably impressed with Kane.
Kane is very intelligent and catches
on very quickly. As of now, he
knows his name, and the following
commands, "No, Here, Seetz and Aus."
Although we hadn't planned to, we
decided to go with German commands.
They are easier and faster for him
to learn. He listens to us and
obeys each of us very well. He
and Mikey get along great!
Kane fits in
perfectly with our family and our
way of life. I can't tell you
enough about how great he is.
We are so proud to have him with us.
He was worth every cent! His
first doctor's appt. is this
Saturday. I hope he remains
happy and healthy and lives a very,
very long life! We will send
Thanks again! --
you have registration papers for him? Could you send
them to us when you get them? Also, our last name is
McLean. I noticed you spelled it McGan on the shipping
papers - which was why we had trouble finding him on the
flight at the airport - but I'm sure it was a result of my
husband's sloppy writing!
August 17, 2003
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 17:10:15 EST
Just a quick note to let you know that our
little Sophie is doing quite well adjusting to
her new home. She is very smart and after
only a week is almost housetrained. Our
other dog has been great with her. Hope
all is well with you!
Happy New Year. We all love our new
Steve & Elisa Delfino
Hi Dyan.... I hope all is well with you. We had a major crashing
of our computer, so I lost all of my information with you and I was
finally able to track it down again. I wanted to let you
know how Tessa was doing. She is a wonderful dog and such a
great family member! We all love her- she has truly grabbed
our hearts. She completed her puppy training and also
her beginner training class. In late September, we are
beginning our intermediate training session. She's a quick
study. She can sit, down, down/stay, sit/stay, rollover, speak
and wait ALL with hand signals. She is learning heeling on
leash and some recall commands. Everyone that meets her is so
impressed by her beauty as well as her intelligence. Of
course, we have our "puppy moments" =) , but she's very well behaved
for the most part. She's already six months old.... time
flies. She is doing beautifully with our kitten, Cricket.
They are the absolute best friends... they hang out together all the
time. It's so funny to watch the wrestling matches. We
have a 31/2 foot pool with a deck and she jumps in all the time and
we taught her to use the ladder so she retrieves stuff and sometimes
tries to "save" the kids and drags them to the pool ladder before
she climbs out. She's a character. I would really
love it if you could get us her paperwork. I have absolutely
no paperwork on her and would really like to get it for her.
Can you please let me know what I need to do to get her stuff
As soon as I transfer
the photos over to this computer, I'll send you a bunch of them.
You'll love it... she's such a great mix of
Ussi and Untox.
Talk to you soon.... Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Wed, 19 Nov 2003 20:40:48 -0600
Hi Dyan.... I haven't
heard from you and I wanted to let you know that Tessa is doing
great. She is so smart and sweet. Ussi did a wonderful
job with her. You have amazing dogs, and she's a real joy.
I wanted to send you a few pictures of her in the snow today.
She loves it, but isn't quite sure what to do with it. We have
about three inches now, and it better stop snowing soon or we'll
lose her in a drift. =) Thank you again for your patience with
us. She was worth all of it. I'll e-mail you some better
pictures when I get them. Take care... I hope you get to
see your Dad and I hope he's well. All the best.
Sorry I am so long getting back to you
with this picture of Bryn (it is attached_. She just got a
clean bill of health from the vet..no signs of dysplasia or anything
Yes, if we get another puppy we would
probably want another female. Do you think it would be difficult to
bring a puppy into Bryn's domain after she has been the only dog for
nearly four years? Let me know when
you discover for sure whether you will have puppies via Irene. She
is a beautiful dog! Do you still have Bryn's sire?
Dear Ms. Merkel:
I like to
introduce myself to you. Also we met in 1988. My name is Karola
LeMieux, my husband is Martin. On July 9, 1988 we came to you
for a Puppy. We were lucky enough to receive a girl puppy
from you. We named her Gretchen. She came from a litter of
Dam: Rivadon's Vanna, and Sire: Abraxa's Quentin. The litter was
born on 5-5-88.
Our girl Gretchen gave us
pleasure for 13 !/2 years. We still miss her. And after careful
consideration we would like to know if you will soon have
puppies available. Since you are first and best choice as a
reputable breeder, to which our Gretchen was a great testament.
Is it possible to let us know at this e-mail address:
Dyan.... I hope this note finds you well. It's been a year
since Tessa came into our lives and once again I need to thank you.
She is so smart it's scary. She understands everything we say
and brings her leash to us when she wants to go out. What a
wonderful addition! I wanted to send some pictures of
her to you so that you can see how she's grown. She is such a
beauty! I know at the last e-mail you said that
the papers were on their way... have you received anything yet?
Please let me know. I'll send more as I get them.
Take care.... Elizabeth
I want to let you know that our
beloved Remington Merkel Rost died
peacefully February 7, 2003 at the
age of 13 1/2, surrounded by those
who loved him dearly.
Remington was an exceptional member
of our family, and we included him
in everything. We adopted
Remington from you when he was 3
months old and our sons were 8 and
10. His even-temper but
playful attitude was just what I was
looking for in a puppy, but he
proved to be of exceptional
character and won the hearts of most
who met him. Remington was a
good watchdog, was protective of me
without carrying it too far, and
obviously thought I had given birth
to him. He was a house-dog,
preferring to be close to me most of
the day so I could talk to him, and
enjoying the outdoors only for
limited periods of time, unless I
was working in the garden, where he
could wander over for hugs & kisses
whenever I was deep
into my flowers.
In the end, when Remington was
failing badly, I kept him by my side
most of the time, where I could talk
to him, pet him, and let him know he
was loved. In the final
seconds before he died, Remington
lifted his head out of my hand,
turned to look at my husband Randy,
then at me with those beautiful
brown eyes; then returned his head
to my hand, closed his eyes, and
passed away. He had said
Had lost your
address - tried to get in touch with you during the summer.
Now we are back down in Florida - just returned from the
GSDCA national. Thought you'd like to know that Tori
was presented in the Parade of Greats on Friday - honored
for her many accomplishments.
Her title officially is:
Am/Can Ch Merkel's Cut Up of Timmee, UD., NA, NAJ, HIC, TT,
I I probably forgot a few. It has always
been MY dream to have a dog in the parade since seeing it in
Buffalo a hundred years ago -- finally did it! I did
buy the tape, to be delivered sometime in December, and
husband Tim was busy taking photos like crazy. She
gaited out so beautifully, in full coat - she's 9 now -- and
held her ground when we circled the ring with the mucky
mucky ROMs, GVs and Selects, most of whom looked rather
crippled (unkind statement Val). She was also
awarded her 5th dual award at the meeting. The
funny part of this is exactly 2 weeks ago as I was grooming
her I discovered a broken premolar - nerve and pulp hanging.
Not wanting a problem on the trip (we were on the road 8
days) I had the vet extract it PROVIDING there was no
shaving of forelegs. The only thing wrong was she
looked like a chipmonk for a week! The lump is just
about gone now (wasn't on the left side anyway)
She is playfull,
a lovely 68lbs with a trim figure, has the biggest ears you
ever saw, loves her walks and sleeping at our feet while we
watch tv. She hates swimming. She has had health
issues but we have overcome each but now I think her vision
is not as keen as it once was. But, then again,
neither is mine!
Please send me
your address -- I will try to make copies of her national
critique and send a photo. It was nice hearing from
you. I am sorry to hear about Nicky -- may I inquire
what he died of?
You would have
been proud of her -- your breeding. I was
Your message just came in -
thought I would give up an update on Tori --
Am/Can Ch Merkel's Cut Up of Timmee UD, NA NAJ.
At 10+ she is still alive and well. She has had very
little in the way of health issues - a good thing, but I
believe her sight is starting to fail and she is prone to
spiking major temperatures at the drop of a hat. So, I
just travel with meds. She is a svelte 69pounds and
fast as can be chasing birds or bunnies. Loves
swimming in the gulf to the NH lakes. Must have a long
line on her or she will be in Cuba one of these days
After getting her UD last
year I retired her from all competition -- figured she had
worked very hard all her life and deserved to just hang
around us, whether it was down here in Florida or up in New
Hampshire where we summer in the mountains. She's
bored to tears!!!!!!!!!!! So, now she is doing
tracking. She is really awful! Hasn't gotten the
hint just what her nose is for! : ) BUT, we are
going to a seminar in Dec and he may unravel her. She
really prefers the tracking in NH where it is
cooler which probably is the problem. Her daughter
Murphy just received her first leg in utility -- the only
dog the whole weekend to qualify in UT A (18 per class/per
day). She will be retired after completion of her
title. SHe LOVES tracking -- her father had a ton of
FHs behind him.
And that's what's happening
here. Hope you are well. Happy Thanksgiving
I thought you might like this photo of Jake (Jacob). He
is really one terrific animal. He has the disposition of a
labrador and brings us much joy. He is a true friend to us
Thank you for a real treasure -
George and Margaret Lapin
Gig Harbor, Washington
Lady Sessel" is a
littermate to "Jake". She and the "Sessel's" are proud
new owners of a new male puppy (to be named later) from our
Cessi and Body. Congratulations!
|Due to my computer dying
this year many photos have
been lost. If those of
you that see them missing
can send them to me again or
update me I
would appreciate it.
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