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Here’s a picture of Blade with some of his “loot” from a few weeks ago . He won “High In Trial” at both trials on Saturday…the large ribbons attached to the gifts!! He finished his “United Rally Obedience Championship”!! He is now:U.R.O.C. U.R.O. 3. U.R.O. 2. U.R.O. 1 U.U.D. U.C.D.X. U.C.D. Falke’s Blade vom Mittelwest U.D. C.D.X. C.D. R.E. R.A. R.N. F.F.X.O.P. H.I.C. T.C. A.A.T. T.D.I. H.A.M. C.G.C. CHIC#67469
First, I just want to tell you how awesome a dog Izzy is. We bought her from you last May and she is doing great. We get so many compliments and questions as to where we got her so hopefully some of those referrals have come your way! I’m pretty proud of her too!!! And she is very smart. We enrolled her in basics class and an agility class last year and we are taking her to a different place to do some more advanced basics in 2 weeks.
Hope all is well with you and the business. We are definitely buying another dog from you in the future!!
Tina & Tom Broidrick
Thought you might like to see a picture of Falen, she turned 11 on
Saturday and is still going strong! She is truly my best friend, she
goes EVERYWHERE with me, she has a bed in the car, my office and at home
so she’s always comfy. I work very long hours and she keeps me company
through every one. She likes the snow so for her B-day she and I went to
Northern Wisconsin for some snow.I hope you’re well.Mike Dorfman
Trick Percussion Products, Inc.
17 E University Dr. Arlington Heights, IL. 60004
He is big for a 15 month puppy, very good looking and has a good temperament.
I take him everywhere for lunch, dinner and walks on Ft. Lauderdale beach, Las Olas Art fairs and on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach where he behaves very well and is admired by all my friends and others.While Patty travels 2-3 weeks out of the month, Zar keeps me company and without him I would be very lonely or as I told Patty I do not have to look for a 2nd girlfriend for company or lack of affection/attention.Thank You Julie for providing such an awesome GSD in our lives.
May God bless you and the Mittelwest family.PS-More recent Pics to follow in my other emails.
Sent by Bill Jilla
Intl. Food & Wine Editor
Julie — I wanted to share some pictures of Vhogan vom Mittelwest “Hogan” (VA Tito x Lenna) and thank you for a wonderful dog. Hogan has been an absolute dream of a dog. We purchased him from you back in 2002, when we were a newly married, childless couple. He’s gone from being the only child to being the oldest of five. He is amazing with our four children and the crazy, hectic house that comes with four kids. His character is rock solid and is a true ambassador of the breed.
I’ve had four GSDs before Hogan and I can’t say enough about his drive, loving family temperament and physical attributes. We are planning on getting a puppy in the near future and will DEFINITELY be calling you soon. Here are some pics of Hogan…at 10 months, 8 years and almost 11. Thanks again.
Torry and Tonya vom Mittelwest in commercial
A true story of how a German Shepherd Dog named Nike* helped save my life.
By Jill Haunold
It was the perfect morning to go for a short cross-country ski. My husband was at a ski race for the day. I dropped the two boys and their friends at the down-hill area and parking at the end of the area lot, skied off with Nike the German Shepherd Dog and Moxie Java the Parson Russell Terrier puppy…
* “Nike” SG, Int CH, BH, AD, RN, CGC, OFA good H/E
Nike is a daughter of V Jezzi v. Mittelwest ~ Nike is a full sister to our 3x VA Olly v. Mittelwest
Nike is owned by Jill Haunold
I just wanted to touch base with you. Almost 10 years ago, I purchased Urico vom Mittelwest from you. He was my first German line dog and I could not have been happier with him. I have owned many American line shepherds, but never had one with this type of wonderful temperament, upbeat attitude, easy to work with, train, etc. (but I am sure you know, you bred him )
He has constantly surprised me with his great temperament. My elderly parents had to move in with me 2 years ago and I was very apprehensive because they had a cat, which Rico had not been exposed to before. He is great with the cat and with the kitten they just got last year.
To me, Rico is a older dog who has no clue he is getting up there in years, except for some stiffness and arthritis, which I give him glucosamine / msm for. When he first got a little stiff and limped a bit, I took him to an orthopedic vet, just to make sure and catch any problems early and get him on joint treatments. He was 9 at the time, and they did x-rays. You could have knocked the vet over when the hip x-rays showed that even at that age, the vet bet he would have still OFA’d Good at that age.
He constantly makes me laugh with his goofy ways of pleasing me, my best friend, never lets me too far out of his sight. Unfortunately, due to health issues, which only recently improved, I was unable to really do Schutzhund with him, but I did have him tested by a club when he was young, and they LOVED him, thought he would be great. I did obedience train him, and he was one of those dogs that loved it, and had great eye contact (still does). I had a police department that wanted to buy him for their K9 program, NOT taking my boy from me. He adapted to a move to Georgia 5 years ago without a hitch.
I have contacted you a few times over the years to update you, but wanted to just again tell you how happy I am with him. Sorry for the rambling, but I can’t help but brag about him.
I worry, of course, because he will be 10 in June, but hope he will stay with me a few more years. Anyway, I constantly have kept track of your breeding, more so now as he is older, and want you to know that I will definitely be looking to you when I am ready for another puppy (okay, I am ready now, ha ha, but will wait a bit). I just wanted to get with you in advance and hopefully you would be willing to work with me in the future to find another wonderfully temperament, and gorgeous puppy.
Urico vom Mittelwest
Just wanted to share a quick photo of Haddie with my daughter, Riley. They have become best friends and she couldn’t be a better dog with her. Haddie is just under a year old in the photo and is taking a short break in the photo to chew on her wishbone. Overall she is very active and could play all day. One of the smartest dogs I have known and great addition to our household.
Thanks so much for reaching out to Sis and I, we both wish you and your family a very Happy Independence Day. Hope this July 4th is fantastic and everyone stays safe and cool.I can assure you that I will make the trip up to see all our friends at Team Mittelwest sometime this summer and have lunch with you guys. I love being with people and my beloved GSD’s.
Julie, I have had GSD’s for over 60 years, all from reputable kennels and all were fantastic dogs, beautiful, intelligent, and great temperaments. You might recall some of these kennels from when you were a kid and you and Dan were just starting out with your kennel. All of my previous dogs portraits hand proudly in our sun room with plaques noting their accomplishments. All had AKC titles and on two of my boys, Sis and I were able to Sch2′s on by ourselves. We were young, didn’t know much, but we did it. Now I have to tell you that Ecko Vom Mittelwest, aka Nicklaus (named after my Klaus), aka Nick is the most fantastic GSD I have ever been privileged to have as my best friend. He is gorgeous, intelligent, has a terrific personality and charisma, and above all a great temperament and disposition. Thank you for breeding him and picking him out for me.
Also please feel free to give my name out as a reference, or use me as a testimonial as a proud and happy Mittelwest dog owner. I always tell people, who ask or approach me, that if they want beautiful show lines, together with strong working lines, they have to check out Mittelwest Kennel. On a good note, Ecko got a 193.5 in a recent AKC Show, and no doubt would have gotten 200 if I hadn’t screwed up and lost him 6 points. Our 9 year old boy, Kip (a Sharan Vom Gamsetal son) has been diagnosed with small intestinal lymphoma and is being treated at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. I am happy to report that he is responding to treatment, has gained his weight back, and enjoys running and playing with his buddy Nick.
I am looking forward to seeing you all soon and wish you and Team Mittelwest much success in all the upcoming shows. Please stay in touch.
Ron & Sis
Axsel went to his first group advanced obedience session last night and he did great. 5 other dogs in the group and about 20 other dogs in other groups doing basic. He was initially amped up and excited and a bit hard to manage but slowly settled in as we started to work all the dogs. He played with a 10-mo old female GSD at the end and no problems there. All appropriate puppy play.
He does an awesome finish to heel. I mean he pops around and sits fast in the most cool way. Stuff I’ve only seen on videos and at shows. He is getting much better off leash with moving sits and downs. He heels very well off leash too. His stays are solid but he got confused with the multiple voices giving commands that it sometimes made him break. But he was outstanding on this first time out around other dogs. I was very pleased. He loved every minute of it too. I only expect he will continue to learn and enjoy the training as he matures. I am thinking about agility or tracking. I suspect he will really want to have a job to work at.
His house manners are exceptional. We are steadily and patiently working the cat in. The kids love him and enjoy walking him on leash in the yard and throwing the balls. He likes to be where we are and he is fine at just plotzing in the living room. I even took a nap with him on the floor today, something I could never do with my last 2 dogs.
I can’t tell you how happy we are with this guy. Axsel is a pure joy.