Long-Dangerous Tails

German Shepherd Dogs and their people.
March 3rd, 2018

2017 Libby and Ziva Annual Awards Recognition

DOTCORNY training club held their annual awards banquet last night. Recognition and Title bars are given to members and their dogs  for  titles earned during the year.  Our members and their furry partners earned 278 titles across multiple venues!  Each year we have a nice dinner, time with our friends, a game of dog trivia and one of our members puts together a movie of the members and their dogs throughout the year.   I have attached a link to that movie.


I knew the girls and I had been busy and in 2017 Libby and Ziva earned a total of 16 titles!  Thank you Julie for my smart, versatile girls who are willing to try whatever I ask.  They are always eager for any adventure even if it is just a trip to the park or riding shotgun while I run errands.

Ziva lead the way with 11 new titles.  She became an AKC Champion, earning her Tracking Champion Title (CT), Variable Surface Tracking Title (VST), Trick Dog Novice Title (TKN), Trick Dog Intermediate Title (TKI), Trick Dog Advanced Title (TKA)and her German Shepherd Dog Club of America Temperament Certificate (TC).  In the Preferred Agility classes she earned her Open Agility (OAP), Open Jumpers with Weaves (OJP), Excellent Agility (AXP), Excellent Jumpers with Weaves (AJP) and Master Jumpers with Weaves(MJP).  She also continues to hold the record and possession of the trophy she earned last year for most titles earned by a member’s novice dog.



































Libby not wanting to be left out earned 5 new titles;  Companion Dog Title (CD), Farm Dog Certified Title (FDC) , Trick Dog Novice Title (TKN), Trick Dog Intermediate Title (TKI) and her German Shepherd Dog Club of America Temperament Certificate (TC).

Libby CD






































December 25th, 2011

Merry Christmas Alta-Tollhaus

Brady went to visit Santa Paws and his little elf again this year.  He especially enjoyed the time spent with his BFF Rudi.

Merry Christmas to All!

August 29th, 2011

Inspirational German Shepherd Stories

Good Morning Everyone,

It has been much time since I last posted. I assure you that I am not dead, and I am alive (Yes I know they both phrases are about the same). I have been terribly sick the past month. Something I wish not to go into so much detail. I had meant for a long time to post as another reason we chose Alto Tollhaus was the community family that it came with.

I will be posting later today on our beloved Tuoffee, the name of our Alto-Tollhaus puppy. My phone, which has a camera, is being transfered so I should have photos soon. If you wonder where the name comes from, it comes from mother. One she says it is pretty unique and just about no one calls their pets that name, and two, it comes from a wondrous American comic book character from her childhood. You know like one of those 50s and 60s comic books like Archie. Brings wonderful memories and pleasant significance.

Our boy has been a glorious companion through my hardship. Bless you Julie for raising him and letting us adopt him. I will be writing an email to you later.

Now for the stories. In reading on everything German Shepherds, to refresh my memory, I came across wonderful stories about the courageous nature and bond German Shepherds have to their families. These stories then add to my belief that I could never change the breed I have for anything or anything.

Story One

In Mendon, Massachusetts, a German Shepherd pulled a nine-month-old baby out of her pen and took her outdoors before  anyone else realized that the house was on fire.

Story 2

A ten-month-old German Shepherd in Wilton, Connecticut, saved the lives of ten people when the house of a Life magazine editorial writer caught on fire. At 4:00 A.M., with everyone in the house asleep, the dog raced from bedroom to bedroom barking an alarm that saved all ten people from the fire. The dog himself perished in the fire when he raced back into the house  to save the family cat. His body was found later with the cat between his paws.

Story 3

In Cranston, Rhode Island, a German Shepherd saved the lives of an elderly couple by summoning a neighbor from next door to help them. The dog smelled smoke, but was unable to arouse the couple by barking or to open the door by scratching on it. He pushed open a back door and ran next door to the neighbor. There he barked madly until the neighbor opened his door. Then the dog led him back to his own house where the neighbor was able to help the couple to safety. In this instance, the shed that adjoined the house was consumed by flames, but the rest of the house was saved.

Story 4

In June 1964, Lux, a three-year-old German Shepherd, helped his 17 year old master escape  from East Germany into West Germany. The dog attacked Communist guards and kept them from firing  at his owner. He then got across the border himself without injury.

Story 5

In Finland, during the last war gas rationing was in effect, in Helsinki, people had to wait in long lines that would queue up for taxicabs. This meant waiting for hours to get a ride home from work. A man’s German Shepherd was used to get a ride home from a taxi with his master. The dog was used to riding home with his master, so it was not too difficult for him to  learn “go get a taxi” at the request of his owner. The man would give a note to his dog with an address on it and upon command, the dog would race down the street to the front of the queued line, jump in the first taxi cab available, and give the note to the driver. The driver would then drive to the address to give pick up the man. No one ever argued with the big German Shepherd and he was able to save his owner many hours from waiting in line.

Story 6

This I think would not be complete without a story from me. When I was much younger, I got a pretty big piece of plastic in my throat from something I was trying to open. Yes I know, it was not the brightest idea, but it was effective. Regardless, the plastic forced me to start choking. My dog Darth saw me, and he jumped on me twice before the plastic popped out of my mouth. One of the few times I almost encountered death.

These stories I hope cheer you up. I know it did with me knowing that I had such a breed in my family. I am amazed of how these dogs know what to do. German Shepherds are amazing.

Got any stories to tell??????????

Do not hesitate to mention them.

June 18th, 2011

The Beauty and The Beast

OK—Sydney is a beauty and Grizzly is more a tormentor than a beast. These two get along great and Grizzly loves to get Sydney into trouble. His favorite thing to do is the “let me pull your neck” game.  She takes it for a bit and then we go into the “let me put you in your place game, you little twerp” game. We end each training session with a close-together long down. It is a great distraction for both…

June 13th, 2011

Über Cute

Handsome Luke with one of the 4-week old T-litter pups (Hero x Bailey):


and pictures of Luke’s über-cute sister and the pups: