Sunday December 21, 2008
This has been a tough year for us. On November
14, 2008 I held my Killian in my arms as he peacefully left us. Killian
was my once in a lifetime dog, my soul mate and best friend. He had an
incredible short 10 1/2 years and left me way too soon. Please read my
tribute to Killian. A fellow GSD
friend had a painting done by artist Nancy
Bailey from my favourite photo of Killian. Check out
Killian's portrait here - it is amazing.
I got another surprise in December when my agility friends presented me with a
wonderful collage of Killian's agility life. Thank you all for this
thoughtful and treasured gift and Len Sylvester for taking hours to find and
provide the photos. Here is a picture of
Killian's tribute collage.
Killian joins Tasha, who we lost on August 18, 2005, at the
Rainbow Bridge. Ko's Tasha,
a black and tan from Canadian and American show lines was 11. She had
been retired from competition
in flyball, agility and Schutzhund after earning several titles in these sports including her BH, CD, TT,FDCh and parts of several
agility titles. Tasha was our first GSD and is missed
by all the family.
Killian (SG-Argon vom Haus Johann
Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence, V-ATChC, C-ATCH4,
CS-ATCH, SchH3, IPO3,V-ADC, NA,
NJP, OAC, O-NAC, OJC, O-NJC, NGC, O-NGC,
ChSt, ChJp, ChWc, ChCl, RNMCL, RAMCL(CARO), TT,, OFA Excellent, H&E)
dark sable GSD from East German, Czechoslovakian and West German working lines. Killian
was born in May, 1998 and is titled in Schutzhund,
agility and Rally obedience. Killian has a Sieger show rating of SG (sehr gut). He received his Temperament Test Certification
"TT" at the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada Nationals in September,
1999, his BH in Oct.,2000, his OB1 and TR1 in Oct.,2001,
his SchH1 (275SG) in October, 2002,
his SchH2 (282SG)in June, 2003 and his SchH3 in Oct. 2003 (273SG), his IPO3
(261G) in February, 2004.
In late 2004 Killian started
training in agility and started competing in April 2005. In his first AKC
trial he earned 2 legs of his Novice A Regular title
with a Second and a Third
place. In April he also entered his first AAC agility trial and earned his
Starters Gamblers level with a Second place as well as getting Second places in
Starter Standard and Jumpers and a Fourth place in Starter Standard.
He earned his Veterans
Agility Dog of Canada (VADC) in June, 2005, his
Veterans Agility Games Dog of Canada in August 2005, his CPE Agility Level
and Handler and Fun Games titles (CL2-R, CL1-H,
CL1-F) in July, 2005, his
AKC Novice Agility title (NA) in August 2005, his NADAC agility Veterans Novice
title and Veterans Novice Jumpers titles (NA-V, NJC-V) in August 2005 and his
Novice Veterans Gamblers (NGC-V) and his Novice Tunnelers (TN-N) in September
2005. Killian did even better in 2006 completing several more NADAC,
AKC, AAC and CPE agility titles. He finished 2005 ranked as the #3
German Shepherd in Canadian agility (and the top Veteran GSD).
In 2006, Killian earned all of his AAC Master titles
and was awarded his V-ATChC - Veteran Agility Trial Champion of Canada becoming
only the 5th GSD to ever achieve that high a title in Canadian agility. He
also earned his Bronze Award of Merit in AAC and finished the year in the Top 10
Veteran Dogs in Canada and the Top GSD in Canada. Click here to see
V-ATChC photo. In
March 2007 he earned his AAC Silver Award of Merit and went on to get the Gold
Award in December, 2007.
In October, 2008, at age 10
1/2, Killian became the first GSD to earn the AAC Lifetime Achievement
Award of Excellence. All this in just 3+ years of competing. Sadly
his Lifetime run was also his last but we did not know that at the time.
Killian also competed successfully in NADAC agility
earning many titles and only needed one more 5 pt Qualifying run for his Elite
regular title. In April, 2007 Killian earned his CPE C-ATCH
title and was the first GSD in Canada to do so and the 6th of any breed in
earned his C-ATCH2 in August 2007, his C-ATCH3
in December 2007 and his C-ATCH4 in March 2008. He moved to the Specialist
class and earned his CS-ATCH in August 2008.
In July, 2007, Killian competed in the CPE
agility Nationals in Nova Scotia. He earned 2 firsts, 7 seconds and took
Reserve High Standard for the Level 5 24" dogs and 2nd place in Games for all
24" dogs. In 2008, at the CPE Nationals in Michigan, he earned 7 Qualifiers with 9 Firsts and took High
Standard Level 5 24" Specialist and 2nd Place in Games.
has also gathered numerous Placement ribbons through his short agility career
out Killian's AAC trial photos.
Killian entered his first
Rally Obedience trial in Canada (CARO) in July 2005 and qualified in 2 runs with
191 and 196 scores.
He completed his Canadian Rally Obedience Novice title (RNMCL) and
his Advanced (RAMCL) titles with average scores of over 190 in September 2005 and a
high Advanced score of 198.
Killian competed in agility, rally and CD obedience at
the GSDCA Nationals in North Carolina in November 2005 and earned a leg of his
Novice CD, Novice Rally and 2 agility Q's. He also competed in the
Nationals in St. Louis in 2006 and finished his Novice Jumpers Preferred title, also earning 2 silver
bowls for two second place finishes.
Meet our newest member of the family!!
Kahlua (Majik vom Eichenluft) joined us on May 21, 2007
at age 11 weeks. She is a sable pup from Molly Graf's kennel and has won
our hearts quickly. See her pictures on Kahlua's page.
Kahlua is just starting her agility career at age 19 months and has a long way
to go to catch up to Killian. She got her first Qualifying ribbons in CPE
agility on Oct. 24, 2008 for level 1 Fullhouse and Jackpot also earning 2 First
I love taking pictures of my dogs and have a very
large gallery. These are only a small sampling. You can view more pictures of
Tasha and Killian on Tasha's
website. View a clip of Killian's SchH1
Killian went on a camping trip out west in summer 2004. See his
Killian arrives at airport
Killian's first day with us
Killian and Tasha
Poetry in motion
Tasha writing her diary
Killian at the tree farm
Killian learning agility tunnels
Killian learning to jump the tire with Jenny
Killian learning the dogwalk
Tasha with Andrew
Tasha at flyball practice
Tasha practicing her jumps
Tasha practices the tire
Tasha at the East Coast Puppy Party
Tasha demonstrating the teeter
Kahlua and Killian
Kahlua and pat
Photos copyright ©Pat Saito, 1999-2008