These are photos of Andrea’s beautiful mother with their GSD, or rather, since this is England, their Alsation. That cute little baby is Andrea. Thank you for sharing these with us Andrea.
Oh Andrea, what special photos! Thank you for sharing.
Ok am I to understand that in England a GSD is called an Alsation?
I had never even heard the word Alsation until Monday when I had my Dr. Appt. and we were talking about our dogs, and he asked me about Alsations, I had no idea I had never heard of them. And to hear it twice in one week, that’s funny.
The country side behind your mom in the first picture is gorgeous!
Karen I agree, the countryside is so beautiful!!! After being bombed by the Germans in WWII the English were not too keen about anything German so they renamed the breed.
I love these photos. So precious.
I think the main use of the word comes from the time many Europeans called GSDs Alsatians b/c of their proximity to Germany and anything “German” having a negative connotation following the World Wars.
Really cool pics!
Beautiful photos, Andrea. Thank you so much for sharing! You Mum was beautiful, the countryside is gorgeous, and look at the bone on that dog! Cute kid too! Very, very nice.
Wonderful pictures! I grew up on a farm with working livestock herding/tending dogs, I wish we had pictures of them. These pictures are really priceless.
As long as you are on Alsations – do you know anything of the Tramella line? That is the line that Ken had back in England in the day. We have a hand scripted pedigree of his dogs – it’ kind of cool.
Great photos. The topo plus of course the pup! And the mum too!
The AKC tracking community lost our beloved judge and a Club founder this month – Ed Wight. Ed was 90. Over 50% of the attendees at him memorial service – IN CLINTON – were dog people. They came from Ann Arbor and Lansing – at least those that I knew.
I will ask some of my UK friends. I think you introduced me to Ed and his wife a couple years back. They were the ones that encouraged you to get your judging license? I am sorry to hear of his passing I know he was really special to you.
My love of animals and in particular GSDs definitely came form my parents.
My Mum was so attached to Rex, when he had to be put to sleep, she refused to get another as she believed she would always compare the next one to him and no other would come close.
Back in the 60’s in England, you could take dogs everywhere : grocery stores, butchers, restaurants, you name it, dogs were allowed. Mum never went anywhere without him; he was just like a shadow. When I came along, my grandmother was petrified Rex would be jealous and something dreadful would happen. Nothing could have been further from the truth. From what I have been told, I would hang on him, and pull his ears from my high chair, yet he never once showed anything put affection toward me.
I am so proud of my Mum, she is my heroine. Thank you for sharing these photographs on the blog Julie.
Andrea, what lovely pictures to have. Thank you for sharing them with us. I love to see the beautiful English counrtyside. Mr. Grandfather had two Alsations and went he went to Germany in the war the dogs went too.
Wouldn’t it be great if things were still so “dog friendly”?