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September 23rd, 2018 by Julie

Congratulations to Carin and Bello H.O.T. IPO3 #2

Carin and Bello decided to compete at the South Michigan Police and Schutzhund Club Trial at the last minute when the club had some cancellations. The trial was one of the first cooler days we have had after stifling heat, and Bello was loving the temps and was his normal powerhouse self with a little bit extra.

The judge complimented them multiple times for his power, enthusiasm, and the top team-work between Carin and Bello.  This is a team that is always a pleasure to watch!

Carin and Bello listening to the judge’s critique:


Group obedience:




Dumbbell retrieve on the flat:

Retrieve over the wall:

Blind search – bark and hold:


Escape bite:

Bello during the critique, yeah he knows he is awesome:

August 28th, 2018 by Lynda

Training, Trialing and Terrific news

Aiden was entered in an agility trial Friday thru Sunday in New Hampshire. We drove off Cape on Thursday and met Mario to do some IPO training with Aiden and O’Connor. Both “boys” did very well in all three phases. Connor is progressing nicely in protection and he had his first (short) Long Bite!






After training we drove up to Manchester, NH.

When we arrived at the agility trial site on Friday morning a woman who owns two GSDs asked me if I was going to the GSDCA Nationals in October in Missouri. I told her that Aiden had not been invited to the Agility “Top 20”. She told me that Aiden WAS on the list and he is ranked #10 of the Top 20 Preferred Agility Dogs!!


This is the 2018 GSD Top 20 Preferred List (with AKC titles only):

Preferred 1  PACH5 Bird’s Sky Raider UD BN RE FDC MXP12 MXPC MJP12 MJPB2 PAX5 T2BP3 Cheryl Birdwell/Larry Birdwell

Preferred 2  MACH15 PACH Iako Vom Windy Ridge VCD2 RAE MXB7 PDS MJC6 MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX FTC1 MFC TQX NFP T2B5 TKA Konstance McCaffree

Preferred 3  MACH2 PACH2 Braehead’s Destined To Shine MXG MJG MXP8 MXPG MJP8 MJPG PAX2 CGCA Susan Ewart

Preferred 4  PACH Lyloak’s Theodore UD BN RA AX AXJ MXP10 MXPC MJP9 MJPG PAX4 SIN Joyce TenHaagen/Chris TenHaagen

Preferred 5  MACH PACH2 Sadie’s Penny Lane Vom Doppel-Dehaus RN MXS MJS MXP6 MXPS MJP7 MJPG PAX2 XF XFP Mr. Dennis Pisarski

Preferred 6  PACH Brozio Timberline Vom Konigsdorf CD BN RAE2 HT MXP5 MXPS MJP4 MJPB PAX MFPS T2BP RATM CGCA TKA Michael Macleod/Sylvia Brownlee

Preferred 7  CH King’s Da Bomb CD MX MXS MXJ MJB MXP2 MJP2 CA CGCA TKA Marcy J Wright/Angela King

Preferred 8  PACH2 Geyer’s U R Sharrdan’s Dark Vader CD BN RE AX AXJ MXP14 MXPB2 MJP14 MJPB2 PAX5 NF MFP TQXP T2BP CGCA Sharon Sheridan/Joe Sheridan

Preferred 9  PACH Tristan Truly Genuine RAE MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX OFP T2BP TKN Cindy Jurkicwicz

Preferred 10  Alta-Tollhaus Aiden VCD2 BN RE FDC MX MXJ MXP MJP MXF NFP CA SCN SIN SEN DN CGC TKI John Burns/Lynda Brogden-Burns

Preferred 11  Jay-Z Jones Whirling Thunder OA OAJ MXP MJP3 MJPB NF XFP Susan R Jones

Preferred 12  PACH Daegan Von Majicforest MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX XFP T2BP2 SCN SEN SBN CGC TKN Maureen Clancy

Preferred 13  PACH Lyloak’s Freestyle CDX BN RN AX AXJ MXP10 MXPC MJP9 MJPG PAX3 SCN Joyce Tenhaagen

Preferred 14  PACH Qola Vom Sitz Von Der Hose MX MXJ MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX Lynn Fichman

Preferred 15  Luna MXP MJP2 XFP Shigeko Turner/Steve Turner

Preferred 16  MACH2 Ali Von Haus Dreisprung MXC MJG MXP MJP MFB TQX CGC Gordon Simmons-Moake

Preferred 17  CT Alta-Tollhaus Ziva VCD1 BN RE FDC MXP MJP2 MJPB NFP ACT1 SCN SIN DN CGC TKP Lisa Ellen Roberts

Preferred 18  CH Caisson’s Spring Fling At Da-Jo CD RN HSCs FDC MXP2 MJP2 MJPB CGCA CGCU TKI Deborah Stern/Julie Degen/Logan Nordahl

Preferred 19  PACH Majestic’s Conjure The Moon V Dellhaven BN RN MX MXB MXJ MJB MXP5 MXPS MJP4 MJPB PAX OF XFP T2BP Lisa Fortschneider/Diane Roberts

Preferred 20  PACH Kris-T’s Chicago Mobster BN RN PT MXP4 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX XFP T2BP2 CGCA Chris Primmer/Jim Primmer


We have never received a notification letter from the GSDCA, and no one told me that Aiden’s name was on the list until that morning. I immediately contacted the GSDCA and they confirmed that Aiden is indeed invited to participate in the Fourth Annual Invitational Agility Top 20 Preferred. This is wonderful and exciting news.

Aiden’s first class of the day was Premier Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. It was a challenging course with several “backside” jumps. Aiden had a clear round and qualified in 1st place.

His second class of the day was Masters JWW Preferred. Aiden had another clear round and qualified in 1st place and earned 22 PACH points.

The third class was Premier Standard Agility. This was a very tough course and no dogs in Aiden’s class qualified. Aiden made it the furthest and got through the whole course but knocked the very LAST bar!

The final class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden had another good run and qualified in 1st place earning 28 more PACH points and a Double Q !

Saturday at the trial was not Aiden’s day! He had a good run in Masters JWW Preferred but knocked a jump. He also knocked a bar in Standard.

Connor was a good boy at the trial. He socialized, made new friends and as usual took everything in stride.

After the trial we took the dogs to the Piscataquog River Park and had a nice walk along the river. Aiden and Connor splashed and played in the river and had a great time.

On the way back to the car Connor insisted on stopping to watch a baseball game. He is always interested in everything going on around him.

On Sunday we were back at the agility trial. Aiden started the day with a knocked bar in JWW dashing our hopes for a Double Q but the rest of the day went well.

He qualified in Time to Beat Preferred in 1st place.

In Masters Standard Preferred he qualified in 2nd place and earned 25 PACH points.

Aiden and Connor enjoying the summer on Cape Cod


Alta-Tollhaus German Shepherd Dogs represent the true versatility of the breed.


June 29th, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor at IPO Training

Today we met Mario for IPO Training. We decided to resume IPO Training with Aiden as we are now training Connor. It has been almost 4 years since Aiden earned his IPO-2 and he was soooo excited to be back at training. Mario was very pleased how quickly Aiden reacted to all 3 phases. Connor is progressing quite nicely. We did very little protection work with Connor as he is still teething.

Aiden Tracking

Connor Tracking

Aiden Obedience

Running stand (first time learning this)

Connor Obedience

Learning down out of motion


Aiden Protection. We are starting slowly. We did 2 blinds, then 3 and finally 4 today.

Connor Protection



June 23rd, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor’s busy month

Since getting back from the GSDCA Show in Ohio on May 8th we have been busy at work and life with our dogs. The following is a synopsis of the month.

On Saturday May 12th my mother and I took Aiden and O’Connor for a walk on the beach.

On Monday May 14th Jack and I went to Boston for an appointment. We took Connor with us and after my appointment we took him for a walk on the busy city streets. He acted like he had grown up in the city. He was unfazed by the sights and sounds (horns, buses with air brakes, sirens etc) and the many new surfaces he walked over. Connor met lots of new people and acted like he had known them forever. We were very pleased with his rock-solid temperament.

On Friday May 18th, on our way off Cape Cod for an agility trial, we went to IPO training.

On Saturday May 19th and Sunday 20th Aiden was entered in the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston/Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club Agility Trials in North Smithfield, RI.  Aiden qualified in Masters JWW Preferred with 1st place and earned 22 PACH points. He also qualified in Masters Standard Preferred with 2nd place and earned 30 PACH points.…however one Q was on Saturday and the other on Sunday…so no double Q!

This is a busy, two ring indoor trial. Connor has been with us to a couple of agility trials but both times he was crated in the car and only came into the building with us for short periods of time. At this trial we crated him in the building and he spent a lot of time out of the crate meeting people and dogs. He took everything in stride, as usual, and did well with everyone.

The following weekend we were at home with no dog agility trials, no dog training etc! It was a beautiful weekend and we worked in the garden tidying up and planting flowers. The dogs were very helpful and had a great time outside with us.

 ShadowGlen’s Midnight Dylan, and Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor and Alta-Tollhaus Aiden

Thursday May 30th was week 6 of O’Connor’s Puppy Kindergarten class. The puppies were taking the AKC S.T.A.R. Test which covers owner responsibilities, puppy behaviors and pre-CGC requirements. Some of the things the puppies had to do were to allow petting by another person, loose leash walking, sit, down and recall on command, reaction to distraction and many other things.
Connor did well and passed the test!

On Saturday June 2nd Jack and I took Connor to the Animal Rescue League’s rabies clinic as Connor was due for his first rabies vaccine and this was a way to get that done and to support the ARL’s clinic. The veterinarian gave Connor his vaccine outside under the tent but Connor decided to climb the steps and check out the mobile clinic anyway! He also met several pot-bellied pigs who came over to the fence to see him.  Afterwards we went to lunch at Cobies in Brewster where we could sit at a picnic table with Connor. 

After work on Thursday June 7th Jack and I took Aiden and O’Connor to Jack Knife Cove beach in Chatham. This was Connor’s first time there and he loved it as you can see in the pictures!

Last weekend, Friday June 15 to Sunday June 17th, was the Cape Cod Kennel Club’s three-day agility trial at the Barnstable Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA. Aiden was, of-course, entered and Connor came along for his first outdoor agility trial. The weather was hot and sunny. Over the weekend Aiden got four 1st places and one 2nd place.

On Friday Jack and Connor were at the trial with me and Aiden.

On Saturday my mother and Dylan came with me and Aiden

On Sunday Jack and Connor were back at the trial with us.

Nothing planned this weekend….

 Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor at 5 months old (Aiden x Yoyo) and Alta-Tollhaus Aiden at 6 years old (Ypsilon x Maikali)



April 16th, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor’s weekend

This past weekend Aiden was entered in the Yankee Weimaraner Club Agility Trial in Westborough, MA. We left the Cape on Friday afternoon to meet Mario for Connor’s IPO training. It’s hard to believe it is mid April as our weather continues to be cold and rainy. Despite the weather Connor seems to enjoy the training. (On Sunday we drove home from the agility trial in a snow storm!)

We spent the night at the Red Roof Inn. This was Connor’s second time in a motel and he was very good.

On Saturday the first class of the day was Masters FAST preferred. Aiden was having a good run but did not get the bonus. It was a tough bonus where the dog went through a tunnel, out to a jump and then had to turn back to the A-Frame at a good distance, with a jump on the handler’s line, therefore the handler had to stay behind the jump. A lot of dogs came over the incorrect jump to the handler. Aiden stayed out and tried to understand what I was telling him. He spun in front of the A-Frame and then did it correctly but the judge called him for the refusal.

The next class was Masters JWW pref. Aiden had a couple of refusals and a back jump  and did not qualify.

The last class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred.  Aiden had a good run but going from the seesaw to the poles he had to take the panel jump at an angle and he knocked the top bar down.

In-between runs we took Aiden and Connor for little walks and brought Connor into the building for short periods of time. Connor got to see many different types of dogs and meet a lot of new people.

Connor making himself at home in Aiden’s crate!

…and making himself comfortable to watch the trial!

Checking out the measuring table….”Am I big enough to do agility?'”     “No, not for a long while yet Connor!”

Visiting with friends

On Sunday the first class of the day was Time to Beat. Unfortunately, Aiden knocked the very first bar but continued on with a good run but of-course did not qualify.

Next up was Masters JWW Preferred. Aiden had a great run. He qualified with 1st place and earned 16 PACH points.

Finally, it was Masters Standard Preferred. Coming off the dog walk there was a severe turn to the tunnel under the dog walk. Aiden did not wait for me and jumped off before he touched the yellow contact zone. There were a lot of tricky spots on the course that resulted in some yelling but Aiden was clean the rest of the course. Unfortunately no Double Q.

Aiden only qualified in 1 out of 6 runs this weekend but we had a good time and Aiden ALWAYS enjoys himself.

Father (Alta-Tollhaus Aiden) and son (Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor)