Monday, December 3, 2007


Meet Army Of One
(and Anke, grazing in the grass in September).
Army is Anke's daddy.
I'll let Anke's daddy's breeder, Jane Kerner, describe more about Army's bona fides:

There is a Grand Victor and a Grand Victrix title awarded each year by a very respected judge voted by the membership to judge the German Shepherd Dog Club's National Specialty Show Best of Breed Class.
There are many judges in all the venues, but just one judges the Best of Breed competition.
This year the annual show was held in Loveland, Colorado, October 14-20.
This year the entry was large. There were 493 dogs entered with a total of 528 Entries including the 72 Futurity/Maturity Entries and the 72 Rally entries. One dog can compete in several venues.)
The already Champion titled dogs and bitches are eligible to compete in the Best of Breed Class by virtue of their Champion title bestowed by the American Kennel Club. There were 113 Champions present.
Hundreds of Breeders come from all over the United States and Canada to present their very best and as spectators.
The event was held at the Ford Park Events Center.
The title of Grand Victor is the highest honor which can be bestowed by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America in conformation competition on a male.
In the final competition for Best of Breed, the Grand Victor competes with the Grand Victrix, the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch, for the Best of Breed title.

Army is US Grand Victor and Best of Breed.

What a wonderful animal.


Anonymous said...

Gotta love his name, too. ;-)

----Quotes from "Best in Show"----
Buck Laughlin: Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?
Buck Laughlin: And to think that in some countries these dogs are eaten.

Robin said...

I'd like to point out that Anke usn't actually grazing on grass. She had her head resting on her paws, keeping a close eye on me when I took that picture. I was just trying to get a different vantage point when I took that picture.

Bruce Gee said...

Duly noted, NFJ.

Nice pic, BTW.

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing the photo of Anke which NFJ took.

German Shepherd dogs and their people have been gazing into one another's eyes for a long time.

Actually ever since 1899, when Cavalry Officer Rittmeister Max von Stephanitz standardized the German Herding Dogs with the intent to breed the most versatile, intelligent and athletic canine on planet earth who would both serve and protect with an intense and singular devotion.

Aside to fishism:

I love the name too. :-)
German Shepherd Dogs can play wide receiver with ease.
Even folks in the Orient do not dine on German Shepherd Dogs.
They import them at great expense to work as military and servcice dogs.

Who is this uninformed person Buck Laughlin, pray tell?

Lutheran Lucciola said...

Is Anke show material? You may not fully know yet....

Anonymous said...

Every German Shepherd Dog should display the qualities of health, beauty,trainability, stamina, and character.

Anke carries a particularly heavy coat. When the Rittmeister incorporated the heavy coated herding dogs into the early breeding program, he did so whilst thinking that it was, perhaps, "a hair too heavy".

However, he so valued all the other exceptional qualities which they brought with them that he included them in the breeding population.

Responsible breeders can, and sometimes still do,include
the heavy coated animal in a planned breeding because the factor for heavy coat is a simple recessive to the standard coat.

Anke is near perfect...

Aside to lutheran lucciola:
You are right. Picking out a potential show dog while they are still puppies is a real challenge.

Anonymous said...

Army is a wonderful dog. You would have been very proud to see your baby's daddy win. he out shown every dog in that ring. He gave me chills every time he went around the ring and believe me he wen around the football sized ring 30 times it seemed. He took my breathe away and Art did an amazing job with him

Bruce Gee said...

Mel, what a nice compliment ! I've read about Army and would love to see him shown. Maybe someday.

Anke is growing up to be a sweet, beautiful creature. We're having a lot of fun raising her. I am pretty sure she'd get her herding certification if we entered her: she's a natural (ask our chickens, or any friends who stray too far on one of our walks!).