When it was time to add a German Shepherd to our family, I wanted the same focus and drive that Cadence has, as I love training and competing in agility, schutzhund, and flyball. I am a very active person who loves to train and I love working with dogs that have a strong work ethic and one that always want more. I needed a dog that likes “action”. Cadence has always been very focused and driven to work with me. Schutzhund training came very natural to her because of her ‘want to’ attitude. Whatever I want to do, she wants to as well. She is the most stylish heeling partner I have worked, having natural attention and focus.
So when the announcement was made that Cadence was going to be bred to Rocco, I kept thinking about that breeding, but it was certainly not the intention at all the keep another puppy at this time, as I just recently bred a Border Collie litter. So I just trusted my instincts and decided not to be put on the puppy list, however this little dynamo had very different plans in store for himself! So he did his best and obviously won out to earn a very special place in my heart. I see flashes of his grandmother Funny when I work him with amazing focus and his desire to please.
Verdae is everything I was looking for in my long awaited puppy from Funny’s line. But what else could I say about Verdae? He’s everything I could have hoped for from this breeding! The whole litter is great, but as it goes sometimes, Verdae really chose me. Verdae has a rather happy-go-lucky personality and is extremely biddable and eager to learn. He has his dad’s incredible “bomb proof” temperament and takes everything in stride. I couldn’t ask for anything more from this boy, he’s a true improvement upon both of his parents, yet reminds me so much of them both at the same time. Verdae is one of the most naturally gifted dogs with amazing ground speed, athleticism, and dripping with drive. But yet, he is sweet and biddable and wants to do it right. I am so blessed to have him in my life as he makes me smile every day and he is going to be one of the easiest dogs to live with. When nothing is going on, he relaxes, but when I am ready to go, he is MORE than ready.
I am so thankful to Julie for allowing Verdae to be in my life. Verdae doesn’t have to achieve titles, blue ribbons or any such accolades as he had already won my heart the moment I held him. As I look forward to our lives together, anticipating the joys of seeing his skills on the schutzhund field and his athleticism in agility, I realize that he was to teach me instead. He was the master conductor and I his student. And thank you, Verdae, for teaching me so many things as we only recently started on our journey together…
Monica, you are an excellent dog person—I wish you & your new puppy the best! With your talents you two will go far.
Thank you, Carole! I can’t wait to get started in formal training with this dude! Missed you!
I think it was timing. LOL You are very good writer Missy M.
Verdae is a stinker and the two of you are going to have fun together.
Is the definitely of “stinker” good or bad? 😉
I wanted to say Good Luck Monica, but I don’t think luck has anything to do with it. Congratulations. I agree with Julie, you definitely have a flair for putting pen to paper – very eloquent!
Thank you, Andrea! I look forward to the path he leads me. I’ve finally been bit by the Alta-Tollhaus bug! 😉