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German Shepherd Dogs and their people.
October 19th, 2016 by Lynda

Recap of Aiden’s time at the GSDCA National


This collage was put together by Carole for inclusion in the GSDCA National catalog and the German Shepherd Dog Review. It shows Aiden’s versatility and happy go lucky personality.


While at the German Shepherd Dog Club of America 2016 National Specialty Show and Trial Aiden;

Was awarded the Performance Award of Merit                                                                                               Earned 1st place in Excellent Agility Jumpers with Weaves for his Excellent Agility Jumpers Title (AXJ) Earned  2nd place in Masters Agility Jumpers with Weaves                                                                       Earned 3 qualifying runs in Coursing Ability for his Coursing Ability Title (CA)                                       Earned  5 qualifying jumps in the North America Diving Dog Trial for his Dock Novice Title (DN)  Earned 1 qualifying jump in the North America Diving Dog Trial for a Dock Junior leg.


V, U-CH, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden



October 18th, 2016 by Lynda

Going back to Massachusetts

On Friday before the Parade of Greats we spent the day relaxing at Purina Farms. Aiden and I took a ride on the shuttle golf cart.10-14-16-10

Aiden wanted to go shopping and pick out a new sleeve for protection work!10-14-16-8

No sleeve for Aiden but he did get to play with his cousin, Zeta.10-14-16-7

After the Parade of Greats we went to dinner at the Hawthorn Inn.10-14-16-11

On Saturday morning we went back to Purina Farms. Julie had arrived very late Friday night. We met up with her and Barb and watched some of the Sieger Show.10-15-16-2

Then it was on the road for our first day of the 1400 mile trip home. We stopped at the Lieber State Recreation Area in Indiana. It was a nice chance for Aiden to stretch his legs.10-15-16-4



We hunkered down for the night in East Indianapolis. We had dinner and went to bed. At about 1:00am  Jack was awakened with severe pain in his lower right abdomen and back. We had no idea what was wrong but the pain was awful. I called 911 and 6 medics arrived and crowded into the room. Aiden was so good while they took his daddy out on a stretcher and  took him to the Hospital. Aiden and I followed in the car. It turned out to be kidney stones which Jack has never had before. We spent about 4 hours in the ER, then headed back to the hotel and got 3 hours sleep and hit the road again.

We just took short breaks along the way and stopped for the night in Carlisle, PA. After a good night sleep, we started our last day on the road. Along the way we visited Bushkill Falls. We had a great time.10-17-16-1




People stopped us several times along our walk to meet Aiden and ask questions about himimg_3487



Aiden and Jack hanging out while I went shopping for giftsimg_7877


We also stopped on the banks of the Delaware River which divides PA and NJ. Aiden got to take a swim.img_3577

We got home at about 11:00pm and were met at the door by Dylan and Lamont and a “Welcome Home” sign my mother made.10-17-16-welcome-home-1


We had a great time at the GSDCA National. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks so much to Andrea, Barb and Julie for coming to share this special event with us.

October 15th, 2016 by Lynda

Aiden’s big day at the GSDCA National

On November 21, 2015 when Aiden earned his Agility Excellent Title (AX) he met the requirements for the GSDCA Performance Award of Merit (PAM) making him the first Alta-Tollhaus dog to achieve this prestigious award. This award is given in recognition to those dogs who are competing in multiple performance events, showing the incredible versatility and intelligence of the German Shepherd Dog.

Each year at the GSDCA National there is a “Parade of Greats” where individual dogs are recognized for high achievements in either conformation, performance, search and rescue, or service dogs.

Tonight Aiden was recognized as a 2016 Performance Award of Merit recipient.

Each dog is announced individually along with their achievements. This video is of Aiden and me being introduced and receiving Aiden’s PAM ribbon. I don’t know who was more excited me or this crazy, happy dog you see galloping into the ring!

At the end of the individual presentations all of the recipients did a victory lap!



Close up view of the ribbon and plaqueimg_0658-4

This is a picture of Aiden’s page in the GSDCA National Catalogue. Special thanks to Carole for putting the beautiful collage together for Aiden.



V, U-CH, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden


(BSZS V10 Ypsilon vom Lärchenhain SchH3 x V Maikali vom Kirschental SchH2)

Jack and I are so very proud of this wonderful dog.

October 14th, 2016 by Lynda

Aiden’s fourth day at the GSDCA National

Once again today the first event of the day was lure coursing.  It was clear and cold and Aiden seemed to understand exactly what was going on. He was all excited and could not wait to get out on the course. img_3186

…and he’s offimg_3192

Aiden after completing the courseimg_3205

He had a fabulous run and earned his 3rd leg for his Coursing Ability Title (CA).img_3224

Next up was Utility A Obedience. Aiden did all the exercises EXCEPT bringing back one article.

After lunch it was back to Dock Diving.


Aiden waiting for his next jump with Andrea and Jackimg_7787

Aiden had two more qualifying jumps and earned his Dock Novice Title (DN). He also had a third jump where he earned a Dock Junior leg.img_3265-2

Barb arrived this evening from Florida. She and Andrea are here to join us in recognizing Aiden’s accomplishment in earning the GSDCA Performance Award of Merit.

Tonight Jack, myself, Andrea, Barb and Lisa all went out to dinner. Great to share a good meal with good friends.img_7798




October 12th, 2016 by Lynda

Aiden’s third day at the GSDCA National

Today was a day for something completely different for Aiden and us. The day began with rainy conditions and the threat of thunderstorms as we headed to Purina Farms for the Coursing Ability Test.

Me, Andrea and Aiden waiting for Aiden’s turn to run the courseimg_7750

While we were waiting Aiden ran into another relative, Alta-Tollhaus Edelweiss Jessicaimg_7736

We have never tried Lure Coursing before and had no idea what to expect. At the beach Aiden loves to chase birds and he also loves chasing squirrels. We hoped that the lure might look like a squirrel or bird to Aiden but we weren’t sure. The lure operator did a great job of making the lure act like a critter and Aiden was more than happy to give chase.

There was a test in the morning and one in the early afternoon. Aiden passed in both tests earning two legs towards the Coursing Ability Title.img_3092

Later in the afternoon another first for the three of us….a Dock Diving Trial! We have practiced over the summer on a pond and once in a pool but we have never tried it on a regulation dock.img_3133





It takes 5 qualifying jumps to obtain a title and today Aiden earned 3.img_3154