April 15, 2004
Dear Jim and Cindy,
On Sunday we were planning a casual Easter barbecue, and left the house to run to the grocery
store to pick up a few last minute items. We were gone for only forty minutes, and you can
imagine our surprise when we returned home to find Keana standing in front of the house. Our
first thought was that she had somehow managed to slip out of the back yard, but we always keep
the side gate padlocked and she has never escaped before. It took a few minutes before we realized
that someone had tried to break into our house from the side gate, and that these intruders had
removed the padlock. This is the interesting part of the story...Keana was playing in the back
yard in the swimming pool at the time these people were breaking into the side of the house.
From what we and the police have been able to piece together Keana heard these people attempting
to enter our yard from the side gate and she chased after them scaring them away from the house,
and preventing an Easter break in. The most amazing part of this story is that the "would be burglars"
managed to shut the side door when fleeing from Keana although they were unable to re-padlock it.
With a large German Shepherd is in hot pursuit I suppose padlocking our side gate was the last thing
on their minds! Undeterred Keana ran into our garage, and managed to push the garage door open just
high enough for her to crawl underneath it out into the front yard. We don't allow Keana to run off
leash in front of our house, the street is much too busy, so we were so surprised to find that she didn't
run away when she got out of the backyard. At the very least you would think that she would maybe stroll
around the neighbors yards! But no, Keana was out in front "guarding" the house until her family returned.
Our neighbors told us that they had seen her out front, but that she stayed right in front of the garage and
would bark at anyone who attempted to come near our yard. For a dog that has never had any formal training
outside of 3 months of obedience classes we were both surprised and pleased to see that our beloved Keana
was not just protective of her family, but also of our home. We have always known that Keana is a special
dog, but this incident really made it clear to us just how special our Keana is. It is also a testament to
what an outstanding breed the German Shepherd is; instinctively loyal, brave, and protective. Thank you
Jim and Cindy for the outstanding puppies you sell, in particular thank you for our special three year old
"puppy" Keana. You would have been really proud of our little girl, she saved our Easter barbecue and still
had plenty of energy to play fetch with the kids at the end of the evening!
The McKinney Family
March 5, 2003
the snow picture was taken 1-5-2005
Dear Jim & Cindy
I have never thank you for my German Shepherd Dog. This pup has changed
my life, habbits, Hobbies and Health. Thank You!!!
Good Job you realy know what you are doing. I also need to thank my Wife for
spending so much time
and Research in find the true German D.D.R lines that we wanted. I know my
wife stays in good contact with you but. I think it's time to share his first
year with you and all your German Shepherd follower that love and appreciate
the DDR bloodlines that True Haus Kennels bring to people like me. We picked up
our Shepherd pup at six and ahalf weeks old. Was very impressed at Jim and
Cindy's kennels . We had drove down from Oregon and was quite excited about
getting this dog. Fell in love with all of them but knew one was mine. The Black and Silver
From the time I picked up this pup he bonded to me, but was suppose to be for
my wife, and at that second I knew I was going to have a problem.
So we puchased another from a different litter for my wife. All the dog show
people try to tell me that dogs bond to woman more than men. I laugh,
just try and pry Zaran from my side. We planned to take this pup to only
International Dog Shows and keep him away from American Judges in AKC.
Because we thought that they wouldn't Judge the full German line but we
were so wrong. International shows start pups at three monthes old and we
were there. Best of Breed all three Shows. Zaran turned a lot of heads
from Judges from all over the world and other breeders from Canada to
Argentina. We knew on the long drive home that this was not just a standard
Shepherd. The one common thing that all the International Breeders and Judges
would comment on would be that he was from the Old Working lines and that
it's time to bring that back into the American
shows. Zarans next set of shows were at five months and this time their
were alot more of his breed to show up against and he took Best of Breed
again. Against two year old Champions this time. Witch turned him into a two
time Champion, National and International befor he was six months old. We knew
it was time to test his lines in the AKC so at six
months to the day. He showed at an AKC eight cluster show and won eight
First and three Reserves and oh my god if we had a experienced handler
he would have went to Best in Show in his first AKC cluster of shows.
I know I handled him and the Judge looked right at me and said that.
Zaran at six months old had already shown up against over 100 shepherds
and had walk away with all Best of Breed in the Internationals and First
and Reserves in AKC. As we were driving home that day it was real quiet
in the van and I looked over at my wife and she had tears coming down her
face with a big smile and ask me? If I was ready to travel because there
is no stopping him now and she wasn't kidding. After five thousand miles
up and down the West Coast fuorteen Shows later Zaran holds Three Inter
national Champion Titles and Four National Champoin Titles in the IABCA
AND HAS Fourteen First and Three Reserves in AKC all as a pup in the first
Twelve months. For the next six months we have Zaran scheduled in
two more shows for IABCA and in the AKC he has two shows per month. We
are proud of how this Old German Working Line is doing in the Breed Ring. But
this bores the Intelligence of this dog. Tracking and Obedience
will be in the cards for 2004.
Thanks so much Jim and Cindy
P.S. Watch for next years Champion Shows on T.V.because if he continues
to show the world will know about you.
Taggert & Xina pup in Washington
new picture 9-23-02
I wanted to say thankyou for your response. I wanted to say Ina is a wonderful dog, I have a strong gut feeling
that she is a dog for a century. I also wanted to say thankyou for such a great dog, she has gone beyond what we expected
also Heather and I have discussed and agreed that you will have pick of the litter for what you gave us (thats several year away)
or when she is bred to a male of your choice. I was at Wayne's and was told by Detlief ( a trainer you want to get to know)
that I need to start working her in Schutzhund now. Again Jim & Cindy THANKYOU for the wonderful dog, don't sell Xina get a male
out of her with Taggert for me (Scott & Heather) that is of same quality as Ina. I don't think you know how good she is, Ina is
really good she is beyond what you say she is. Thank goodness I am able to train with Wayne Curry because if I was not this would
be a waste of dog. Heather and I will try to get some good pictures of Ina but the problem is that she thinks humans are prey
no matter who they are (except for a pregnant Heather) and I have not taught her this.
thankyou once again.
Scott & Heather Schnider
You will want to see her when we start serious training, she is that good. She can do both Schutzhund and Police, I just know this.
Taggert & Xina pup in West Virgina
Just an update on Roxie. What can I say. She is a wonderful dog. She has
been to school for obediance for a month now and we are easing her into it
real slowly, she is doing fine. She is extremely active and therefor hard to
handle at times but I don't mind. I have to tell you this, I don't beleave
it myself. On our exercise walk today she climbed a rock cliff that was at
least forty feet up and at least ninty five percent vertical! I went over to
see how she did it. She jumped up on the rock where there was about a two
inch ledge and on up she went fron there. She had seen a deer and was going
to investigate. She is very strong and athletic! Where we walk is a wooded
area. (Private Property) It circles our property and the path is three
miles long with some radical elevation changes. I let her off her lead, she
is very good to come back when called. She loves her walks and just runs and
runs and runs. When you ask her if she wants to go walk, you should see how
wild she gets. She loves it and it's good for her. It calms her down in the
She has had no accidents in the house and asks to go out when needed and I am
sure she has got that down pat. She sits and stays very well. She is a baby
though and her attention span is not long. That will come with time. She
still trys to pull when on a lead but we are working on that. She cannot work
when Justin is around because she totally spends her time on him. She loves
him so much!
Thank you again for her. She is truley everything you said and more. We are
looking forward to many more years with her. Alfred and Lynn Justin Hurt,