Imported GSD female at Kennels von Lotta
Our Achievers - German Shepherds that went an extra mile.

I am so grateful to everyone who gave a wonderful home to one of our puppies, either those born in my home, or those carefully selected overseas.

But especially I’m happy about those who are taking the extra steps, driving hundreds of miles, paying for private lessons, getting up early, practicing, practicing, practicing, all so that their dog can fulfill it’s potential, can accomplish something special with them as a team.

You make me very proud and I can't thank you enough.

Our Achievers - German Shepherds that went an extra mile.
VP Cora von Lotta CD, CDX, TD, PT
DOB: October 20, 2006
Parents: VA4 (USA) Ham von der Urbecke SchH3, Kkl1 and SG4 (USA Sieger) Nemka von Lotta BH


"Yuliya, Hi, this is ..., we picked up our new puppy from your kennel yesterday... Can we please bring her back?" Doesn't sound exactly like the beginning of a success story, does it? Cora von Lotta was from our Nemka's second litter, to VA4 Ham von der Urbecke, SchH3, Kkl1. We drove for 18 hours to make the breeding with Ham happen and for a good reason - a handsome, successful and accomplished male with super temperament is what it takes to produce a quality litter. There were 11 puppies in this litter (born October 20, 2006), and Cora was my favorite because of her spunk, attitude, and fearlessness.

When the puppies were 8 weeks old, Cora's new owners picked her up, took her home, and the very next day called me asking if I will please take her back! She was biting everything in sight, including their young daughter, taking away her toys, and generally, just wreaking havoc in their lives - they realized that they were just not ready for a puppy yet. Naturally, we had a lot of discussions about what it takes to welcome a new rambunctious puppy into the family prior to them taking her home, but sometimes only first hand experience will make it really clear.

A few days after Cora was back, a lady named Grace called me, looking for an active puppy to participate in Agility or other dog sport venues with. I said - I have just the perfect puppy for you! Grace was a little skeptical because Cora was the last puppy remaining in the litter at that point, but she decided to give it a try and drove from NJ, well prepared: she conducted a number of tests with Cora to evaluate her responsiveness to new people, strange toys, sudden loud noises, etc. Cora passed with flying colors.

Fast forward 4.5 years - here's a letter from Cora's owner:

Hi Yuliya,
Happy to advise Cora got her 2nd level herding title last weekend. The judges both days were very complimentary about her confidence, working ability etc etc. I am so proud of her.....This fall we will enter third level herding, as well as going for our TDX (tracking) if I can get enough time in on tracks. Plus this summer we are starting the pursuit of our utility title in obedience. Cora currently has her CDX, TD, PT. She is a great girl, can't say enough about her temperament, work ethic, willingness to please, personality.....sounds like a brag session. Will keep you posted with our progress.
Best wishes,
Grace


Way to go Cora!!!
Cora von Lotta Cora von Lotta Cora von Lotta
SG Evelyn von Lotta, BH, AD, TR1, OB1, hips and elbows “a” normal (ZW 76!)
DOB: Nov 10, 2007
Parents: V2 (NASS) Yash von der Bastillie SchH3, Kkl1, and SG4 (USA) Nemka vom Alpenhof BH


Lorraine waited a long time for a puppy from Nemka and Yash. This was exactly the combination that she wanted. Being a very experienced Police K-9 handler, she now wanted to try her hand in Schutzhund. I wanted to keep a female from this litter myself, so I told Lorraine that she could have the second choice. There were 5 girls in this litter, and when they were 7 weeks old, Lorraine flew from NY to make her choice.

First, she narrowed it down to two girls. Then she spent a lot of time testing them while playing with them. After an hour or so, it was clear to Lorraine, that there was only one puppy that she wanted, the “maroon collar.” Maroony, as we called her, showed the most adventurous personality with a lot of drive, desire to play, and to interact with Lorraine. I said that I hadn’t made my decision yet on which puppy I will be keeping, so I left Lorraine hanging for a little bit, wondering, if she will be able to have the pup that she wanted (Sorry, Lorraine!) But of course, how could I not let her have Maroony. Lorraine was so dedicated to the breed and her dogs, and I knew that no one will do a better job rising a puppy like that. Two weeks later we met happy Lorraine at the airport with the maroon collar puppy, now “Eve”.

Lorraine has done a fantastic job raising Eve, and it was so much fun to meet them both (as well as her husband Scott) at several shows again. Participating in shows wasn’t Lorraine’s area of comfort, but she still plunged in and did it, with Eve placing VP10 out of 22 puppies at the regional show, and SG22 in a huge class of 43 females in 12-18 month class at the USA Sieger Show 2009.

At 16 months of age, Eve has successfully passed BH and AD. Lorraine and Eve demonstrated a great BH performance, worthy of any Schutzhund dog, and as for the AD test, which is an endurance test where the dog must run by the bike for 12 miles, Lorraine and Eve were the only team trying that day, in a downpour! Being a Police K-9 team judge, it was interesting for Lorraine to learn all the differences in the point system between Police K-9 evaluation and Schutzhund trial. At 18 months of age, Eve has a full-mouth grip on the sleeve, strong drives and excellent trainability. As practice in preparation for their first Schutzhund trial, Eve got her TR1 (92 pt!) and OB1 titles fall of 09.
Nemka vom Alpenhof and Yash von der Bastillie Evelyn von Lotta 2 weeks Evelyn von Lotta 4 weeks Evelyn von Lotta 7 weeks Etna and Evelyn von Lotta 4.5 months Eve and Yash Eve and Yash Evelyn von Lotta 6 months
Evelyn von Lotta 14 months Evelyn von Lotta at the completion of her AD Evelyn von Lotta at the completion of her AD Evelyn von Lotta 18 months bitework Evelyn von Lotta 18 months bitework Evelyn von Lotta 18 months obedience Evelyn von Lotta 18 months heeling through the group Evelyn von Lotta 22 months - long bite
V Jingo vom Mahlsdorfer Grund, BH, AD, SchH1, SchH2, SchH3, hips and elbows “a” normal (ZW 78!), Kkl1
DOB: August 5, 2007
Parents: V24 (BSZS), VA1 (A) Naxos vom Holtkämper See SchH3, Kkl1 and V Pepsi vom Frankengold SchH3, Kkl1


We brought Jingo over from Germany along with his sister Jamaica. They came from a smaller kennel near Berlin. It was Chad’s turn again to go pick the puppies out and he was amazed at how exceptionally clean the kennel was, and how outgoing and playful the puppies were. I was very happy with his choice of the two puppies. Both showed fantastic temperament and trainability (see video of Jamaica’s obedience routine here! ) and were absolutely gorgeous. Jingo, along with his correct structure and free movement was also boasting excellent deep red and black color.

We had Jingo here for a couple of weeks already when Jeff contacted me, interested in a puppy. Jeff was very good at asking me a lot of very important questions about puppies that we had. He had a GSD in the past and wanted a highly trainable, protective dog who is also very sociable, because Jeff was now living in a condo in an area that was very populated with other people and dogs, right near a dog-accessible beach in Florida. Jingo, I thought, could be a great fit for Jeff. He was so playful, energetic, drivey, and confident.

What happened next was that Jeff caught the Schutzhund bug. He found a trainer who specializes in Shepherds, who introduced Jeff and Jingo (now Nero) to the world of Schutzhund. Jeff and Nero now get up at dawn 5 days a week and go tracking in the morning dew. They work tirelessly on their obedience and protection routines. Jeff’s schedule revolves around tracking, obedience and protection training sessions, to which he now added biking, conditioning Nero for some shows as well. Jeff says this is all my fault!?

The last time I had seen Nero was when I was saying my goodbyes while checking him for his flight to Florida. He was about 3 months old then. So needless to say I was extremely excited when I found out that Jeff will bring Nero to Atlanta for our SE Regional Conformation show. Nero was entered in 18-24 months class, and he won it, despite his need of some consistent show training. Congratulations Nero, SE Regional Young Dog Sieger!

I of course had to ask Jeff to show me how Nero works, as I heard nothing but great things about him. The Schutzhund trainer that they work with is not a big fan of dogs from Show lines, but he loves Nero. At the tender age of 20 months, Nero ran 6 blinds, and pretty much did the SchH3 routine already, with a lot of drive and skill. His style is very flashy and animated. I nearly had tears in my eyes watching him running the blinds, doing hold and bark, and the long bite. What a strong, gorgeous dog.

After passing the BH, Jeff and Nero focused on perfecting their routine in preparation to their SchH1 trial. It was such an honor for me to be able to watch their very first trial at the Central Alabama Schutzhund Club in Birmingham, AL on September 19, 2009. I think I was even more nervous than Jeff! But there was no need to: they got 81 points in Tracking, 85 in Obedience, and 95 in Protection, totaling at 261 points and taking the 2nd place out of 6 working line dogs! Congratulations!

It was only matter of short time for SchH2 and SchH3 titles to follow. In February 2010 Nero did his AD, received a V (Excellent) show rating and achieved Körklass 1 (Kkl1) - especially recommended for breeding - with the famous SV Judge and Körmeister Heinz Scheerer (Hühnegrab kennel). Nero is now available for breeding to approved females. Please visit his Stud Dog Page.
Nero 8 weeks Nero 12 weeks Nero 10 weeks Nero 12 weeks Nero 12 weeks Nero 16 weeks: one day I will be a working dog to! Nero 20 months Nero 20 months
Nero SchH1 trial - Judge’s obedience critique Nero SchH1 trial - ready for the blind search Nero SchH1 trial - Reviere! Nero SchH1 trial - ready for the escape Nero SchH1 trial - escape bite Nero SchH1 trial Nero SchH1 trial Nero SchH1 trial - long bite
SG2 Fandor von der Urbecke, BH, AD, SchH1
DOB: July 12, 2007
Parents: V24 (BSZS), VA1 (A) Naxos vom Holtkämper See SchH3, Kkl1 and V Indira von der Urbecke SchH3, Kkl1


I picked Fandor and his brother Farlo out of a very promising litter at the “von der Urbecke” kennel in Hemer, Germany. I worked with Mr. Stenner in the past and was very excited to visit him again and get these puppies. I loved their outgoing personality, and Fandor really stood out because of his strong drive and desire to work.

Myke and Janet contacted me looking for a puppy that would excel in Schutzhund, and even though they knew they needed a puppy with very strong character and drive to succeed, I don’t think they were fully prepared for how much of a handful such a puppy could be! But they made it through the exuberant “puppy years” and “teenage years,” after all, Fandor (now Max), was such a sweet and loving dog as well.

Then the time came to seriously think about his education, and a decision was made to send Max to the west coast to Mr. Leon Luszcz, a top trainer and competitor since 1977, president of the Deutscher Schäferhund Club in San Diego, California, and a personal friend of many years of Mr. Stenner at the Urbecke kennel. We have heard nothing but great things about Max since he has been in training, but his gentle personality off the field and his ability to turn completely focused on the training field is what we hear most about.

Just a few months passed, and Max has completed his AD, BH, and SchH1 title – all in one weekend. He was also entered into the Southern Pacific Regional Conformation show, San Diego in May 2009, his first show, in the 18-24 months class. Although completely out of coat, Max was awarded SG2 and the SV Judge & Körmeister Klaus Gothe said of Max: "When he gets his new coat and with additional conditioning this dog can go all the way to the top" Of course Janet, Myke and I were so happy to hear that!

Just a couple of months later Max received his SchH2 title, and then SchH3, as well as Kkl1 in September 09. During the breed survey the judge said his best traits were his excellent head and his temperament. Max also placed V4 (out of 16 dogs) in a conformation show in Malibu, CA (Sept. 27). Way to go, Max! I couldn't be more proud!
Max 10 weeks Max 10 weeks Max 6.5 months Max Vice SP Regional Sieger Max V4 at Malibu, CA show Max V4 at Malibu, CA show Max
Zita vom Krummenhager See, CD, CDX, UD, UDX, OTCh
DOB: February 13, 2006
Parents: V20 (BSZS) Tim vom Frankengold SchH3, Kkl1 and V Carma vom Jasban SchH1, Kkl1


Zita came to us from Germany in spring of 2006 as a cute 8-weeks-old bundle of joy. My initial description of her was as follows: “Zita is a very lively and energetic girl! She is very confident, attentive, and playful, and I envision her doing great in Schutzhund or any other kind of training. Very interesting combination of proven bloodlines: Linebred 3-3 on VA Lea vom Holtkämper See, SchH3, 3-4 on VA2 Jango vom Fürstenberg, SchH3, plus VA1 Yasko vom Farbenspiel and VA1 (CH) Hoss Lärchenhain in three generation pedigree. Excellent show and breeding prospect or an active family companion. Great drive and strong grip!”

Sure enough, as she became the constant loyal companion for Shannon, she demonstrated her eagerness to please. As Shannon told me, “She is incredibly smart and quick to catch on to new work. I’m looking forward to showing her, as she is a very fun dog to work.” Shannon’s interest is AKC obedience, and I have to admit, I had to educate myself on what is involved, as I wasn’t too familiar with the sport. There are three levels of competition in AKC Obedience: Novice, Open and Utility, with the level of difficulty of exercises increasing for each level. A short summary can be found here.

2009 German Shepherd Nationals were held in Springfield, Ohio on October 3-4, and Zita did exceptionally well! Here is the report directly from her proud owner:

Yuliya and Chad -

I wanted to pass along a wonderful brag on Zita vom Krummenhager See, an import I purchased from you in 2006.

Zita has been an absolute joy to train and a great representative of the breed. She first entered the AKC obedience ring a little over a year ago and she has already obtained her first 3 obedience titles and is working on her Obedience Trial Championship. She is an honest working dog and tries very hard to make me happy.

Last Friday, we made the trek up to Springfield, Ohio for the German Shepherd Dog Nationals. It was less than ideal conditions – showing outside under cover at near freezing temperatures, but Zita stood out above the rest of her competitors. She won her Utility B class and got 4th in Open B (after one major 3 point error knocked us out of 1st place).

We won High Combined, as well as a special Victrix trophy for having a high enough combined score. We also won a run off for High in Trial. We brought home a car load of silver trophies and a lot of wonderful memories. I attached a few pictures from the award ceremony that was held the morning after the obedience trial.

Zita’s breeder was Kathrin Freitag, I would love for you to pass this information along to her as well if possible.

Take care,
Shannon


All I can say is Congratulations!!! And best of luck in the future trials!
Zita 21 months Zita at German Shepherd Nationals Zita at German Shepherd Nationals Zita at German Shepherd Nationals
V, SG21 (BSZS) Victor vom Zellwaldrand, SchH2, Kkl1, hips and elbows “a” normal
DOB: February 4, 2006
Parents: VA1 (BSZS) Zamp vom Thermodos SchH3, Kkl1 and V V Melinda vom Niemberger Eck SchH1, Kkl1


Was it easy to find a dog like Victor? Not at all. Vinny, his current owner, contacted us several months prior, telling me all the things that he wanted in his future GSD. He knew exactly what he wanted, and was prepared to wait for it. I thought that a son of VA1 Zamp vom Thermodos from a quality breeding might have what it takes to make Vinny happy. It was true team work after that.

Our friend Nadia Adams found the litter on-line and stayed in constant communication with the breeder. My husband Chad went to Germany to pick the puppy out of the litter. We had 2nd choice, but when he arrived to the kennel (after 5 hours of driving in a blizzard, he asked me to add), one of the male puppies was gone already. Chad had to insist that we get the first pick out of remaining puppies, and we spent about 2 hours on the phone, while he was testing each puppy and describing them back to me.

Victor was outgoing, showed excellent desire to play and interact, and of course, he was absolutely gorgeous. He moved like a panther, his color and attitude were unbelievable. Expression, topline, angulation - everything was great. I called Vinny: “we have your dog!” So he drove down here to look at Victor and pick him up. After growing up in Brooklyn, NY with Vinny and his family, Victor won a very large and competitive 6-9 months class at NASS and became North American Senior Puppy Sieger.

He then went back to his breeder where he was trained to AD, BH, SchH1, SchH2, received his Kkl1, and was shown in the world Sieger Show, BSZS 2007. Out of over 150 young dogs entered into his class, Victor was rated SG21! He is now back in the States with his family, and is a top producer.
Victor 9 weeks Victor 9 weeks Victor 9 weeks Victor 6-9 months Sieger Victor 6-9 months Sieger Victor at NASS 2007 Victor 2 years old
Kennels von Lotta dogs show and trial results:

Date Place Event Judge Dog Result
20 Feb 10 Odessa, FL Club Show (Hundesport) SV Heinz Scheerer Jessy v Haus am Lerchenweg SG1
05 Dec 09 Amory, MS SE Regional Trial SV Bernhard Prem Pola Einsamer Wolf BH
04 Dec 09 Amory, MS SE Regional Trial SV Bernhard Prem Pola Einsamer Wolf AD
04 Dec 09 Amory, MS SE Regional Trial SV Bernhard Prem Wespe vpm Frankengold AD
07 Nov 09 Pomona, CA North American Sieger Show SV Otto Körber-Ahrens Jessy v Haus am Lerchenweg VP3
07 Nov 09 Pomona, CA North American Sieger Show SV Otto Körber-Ahrens Pam Einsamer Wolf SG11
24 Oct 09 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Dr. Wolfgang Lauber Pam Einsamer Wolf AD
24 Oct 09 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Dr. Wolfgang Lauber Pina vom Schindbachtal AD
24 Oct 09 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Dr. Wolfgang Lauber Pina vom Schindbachtal SG3
24 Oct 09 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Dr. Wolfgang Lauber Jessy v Haus am Lerchenweg VP3
24 Oct 09 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Dr. Wolfgang Lauber Quana vom Klausener Grund Kkl1 lbz
24 May 09 Sharpsburg, GA USA SE Regional Show SV Hans-Peter Schweimer Yash von der Bastillie Kkl1 lbz
23 May 09 Sharpsburg, GA USA SE Regional Show SV Hans-Peter Schweimer Wespe vom Frankengold VP6
23 May 09 Sharpsburg, GA USA SE Regional Show SV Hans-Peter Schweimer Pina vom Schindbachtal VP3
23 May 09 Sharpsburg, GA USA SE Regional Show SV Hans-Peter Schweimer Pam Einsamer Wolf SG2
01 May 09 Goldene Aue, Germany Club Trial SV Holger Eller Janni vom Lüttersbruch SchH2
04 Apr 09 Raleigh, NC Club Show SV Heinz Scheerer Pina vom Schindbachtal VP2
04 Apr 09 Raleigh, NC Club Show SV Heinz Scheerer Pam Einsamer Wolf VP3
14 Mar 09 Statesville, NC WDA SE Regional Show SV Helmut König Pam Einsamer Wolf VP5
14 Mar 09 Statesville, NC WDA SE Regional Show SV Helmut König Pola Einsamer Wolf VP7
14 Mar 09 Statesville, NC WDA SE Regional Show SV Helmut König Pina vom Schindbachtal VP2
01 Mar 09 Kaltenborn, Germany Club Trial SV Holger Eller Janni vom Lüttersbruch SchH1
21 Feb 09 Amory, MS Club Show & Breed Survey SV Dieter Oeser Pina vom Schindbachtal VP1
21 Feb 09 Amory, MS Club Show & Breed Survey SV Dieter Oeser Pola Einsamer Wolf VP2
06 Dec 08 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Albrecht Wöerner Pam Einsamer Wolf VP3
06 Dec 08 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Albrecht Wöerner Wespe vom Frankengold VP5
06 Dec 08 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Albrecht Wöerner Pina vom Schindbachtal VP1
06 Dec 08 Apex, NC Club Show & Breed Survey SV Albrecht Wöerner Glory von Lotta VP1
23 Nov 08 Wimmelburg, Germany Club Trial SV Bernd Clauß Janni vom Lüttersbruch AD
22 Nov 08 Wimmelburg, Germany Club Trial SV Bernd Clauß Janni vom Lüttersbruch BH
07 Jun 08 Lexington, KY North American Sieger Show SV Margit van Dorsen Geneva von Lotta VP6
15 Mar 08 Statesville, NC WDA SE Regional Show SV Ernst Seifert Etna von Lotta VP16
03 Feb 08 Odessa, FL Club Show SV Fred Lanting Yash von der Bastillie V2
14 Oct 07 St. Louis, IL North American Sieger Show Yash von der Bastillie V2
04 Aug 07 Hemer, Germany Club Trial Yash von der Bastillie SchH3
23 Jun 07 Dorsten, Germany Zuchtschau Yash von der Bastillie V4
01 Jun 07 Hemer, Germany Club Trial Yash von der Bastillie SchH2
28 Apr 07 Hemer, Germany Club Trial Yash von der Bastillie SchH1
27 Apr 07 Hemer, Germany Club Trial Yash von der Bastillie BH
16 Mar 07 Hemer, Germany Club Trial Yash von der Bastillie AD
29 Oct 06 St. Louis, IL North American Sieger Show Sierra vom Ochsentor V3
12 Mar 05 Fayetteville, NC Club Show & Breed Survey Nemka vom Alpenhof SG1
29 Oct 04 Nashville, TN USA Sieger Show USA Johannes Grewe Nemka vom Alpenhof SG4
28 Sep 04 Franklin, KY Club Show Nemka vom Alpenhof SG1
12 Apr 04 Bermingham, AL Centr. AL SchH Club Trial M. Caputo Nemka vom Alpenhof BH
15 Nov 03 Chattahoochee, GA Club Show Nemka vom Alpenhof VP1
08 Nov 03 Statesville, NC North American Sieger Show Nemka vom Alpenhof VP17

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