The WIND! Our home and kennel is located on a hill surrounded by fields. If there is a gentle breeze in the valley, there most assuredly is a stiff wind on the hill. On some winter nights, the wind blows so hard it feels like our house is going to be lifted off the ground like an airplane! No need to worry though. Our dogs are either with us in the house or out in their heated insulated kennel. The wind isn't always a bad thing, as a nice breeze is always pleasant on a hot summer afternoon.
There is also something mystical, almost magical about the wind. In the spring it comes with the rain, bringing new life and hope of warmer weather. In the summer it makes the heat more bearable and in the fall it whispers through the dry leaves like a phantom of yesterday. In the winter it brings cold and snow reminding us that all physical life must come to an end. It also reminds me of the words of Jesus as he spoke to a ruler late one night. Jesus used the wind as an analogy to explain new life in Christ. He said (and I quote) "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." These words precede one of the most popular scriptures in the Bible, John 3:16.
German Shepherds have always been a passion for me. Growing up our family always had dogs. Most of them were just mixed breed farm dogs given to us from family friends. My earliest memories are filled with dogs. The first dogs I remember were "Lady" (a saint bernard) and "Grub", (a husky/german shepherd mix). My father worked at the local sawmill and every morning both dogs would be there when he climbed on his bicycle to bike to work. The dogs would follow him down the rural back road (at that time traffic was minimal) to the sawmill where they would spend the day greeting customers. At 5:00 they would follow dad home. They did this every day their entire lives, even on the weekends when dad didn't work.
It has always been a goal of mine to produce dogs that were strong, confident, loyal companions. German Shepherds are all that and more. Owning and training a German Shepherd gives me intense satisfaction. My goal and ambition is to share that dream with you.