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Hi Shirley!YoYo is doing great! She fits right in with my crazy active family. My kids go back to school next week and I know they will miss her like crazy. My son is already asking me to volunteer for lunch duty next week and bring YoYo!She continues to excel in puppy class and her confidence is shining with other dogs. She even has a few pups she likes to run with at the private dog park we visit everyday.I’ve attached a couple of pictures. One on top of “doggy mountain” with my daughter and one of YoYo supervising me in the kitchen! She is a beauty.Thank you again for such a blessed addition to our family!



German Shepherd Puppy
German Shepherd Puppy

Shirley,We just wanted to tell you what a great pup Senta is and how happy we are. (USO and Hexe litter-February 2014).
We spent many months trying to locate a breeder that had all the qualifications we were looking for, then one day we ran into a local person that had two pups that came from Nobleheim Kennels. We were totally impressed with what we saw in the dogs. Their owner could not stop talking about how great you guys were also.
We decided to give you a call and come visit your Kennels. Never have we met someone so caring about the bloodlines and the homes these beautiful West German pups would be going to, we were totally impressed! Not only is our Senta strong and beautiful, she is confident, loves our grandkids, and has a great temperament as well. She enjoys going with us boating, camping and to the beach.
Thank you for all your help, Nobleheim German Shepherds are excellent high quality dogs! Attached are two photos of our girl “boating” and “sun bathing” on the beach.Cory and Pam Collins
Mansfield, Texas


German Shepherd

Shirley,I just want to give you an update on what a wonderful dog Lucy is. I really dont know where to begin. So let me begin shortly after I got her. I started taking her to Advanced Obedience classes- skipping the beginner classes as she seemed to know the basics. We were up to par with the rest of the teams in the class in no time. While I have never been really interested in formal obedience, Lucy seems to excel at it so I started training her for Rally. And since I am an agility person at heart, I started training her in Agility too. She is excelling in both and I have signed her up for her first Rally (June 7th) and Agility (July 5-6) trials. I am so excited to see how we will do.She also has her CGC and TDI and we are visiting the local nursing homes and hopefully will start going to one of the local hospitals soon. In our first therapy visit, she seemed a little unsure of what we were suppose to do but in no time she seemed to understand what her role was. Lucy is also amazing with my granddaughter who is 1 1/2 yrs old. They are best buds.Lucy is an amazing, confident dog. Sometimes I forget how young she is because she picks things up so easy.Oh and her work ethic- Wow! When we are “working” she will stay right with me the majority of the time, no matter what is going on around us. Of course as soon as the exercise is done, she is looking to play and goof off. I truly feel blessed to have her in my life. I am sure that I will be following up this email with emails of her accomplishments in Agility and Rally and hopefully tracking too.The pictures of Lucy are from a playdate this past weekend.




Hey Shirley,


Sorry this is so late in coming but we have been busy! She is doing fantastic and actually getting to rest a little with the kids back in school. She literally did not get a minute alone until Tuesday. I am impressed with her, she is very smart and quite the observer as well as playful. I don’t think she has had much time to miss her litter mates.


Thanks very much for opening your home up to my family. I think picking up the puppy in Bell’s Texas will be one of those experiences that they remember all their life. We can usually cause quite a ruckus so thanks for your patience. Both kids have been very good with her and are helping teach her good chews and bad chews very diligently, and the puppy is a sponge. She has a properly sized crate she truly seeks out to go crash in when she get’s overdosed on the kids. So, all is well, so far so good. She will get her 9 week vet visit tomorrow. She looks spoiled in these pics but in reality is getting plenty of direction. Thanks again, and I may see you soon!


— Scott J.


We are at the park and I have had so many compliments on Duke. We love him so much. He is the best dog with kids. He is truly part of our family. Thank you for doing such a great job with your breeding. He is the best!


— Heather





Just an update Rhyker is doing great he is such a Smart Well Behaved Guy, I am looking forward to getting a Female please keep us in mind for a Future Girl that will make a good Companion for Our Family. Thanks for all your help and info, something I have to say I have never seen a Breeder that goes the extra mile as you do.


Thanks Again,

Lisa Price




I just have to thank you again for such an amazing dog. Briana is doing awesome. She is so easy to train, has such a sound temperament and is so loving. We get compliments about her wherever we go. Mostly about her beauty, though, but I think that comes out even more because she is so well behaved. Oh, and did I mention she is a genius.


I’ve been using solely positive reinforcement training with her and she responds great to it. No corrections necessary. She is eager to learn and work whenever I ask her to. She already walks perfectly on a loose leash, knows her sits, downs, touch and retrieves pretty reliable and this at 12 weeks old. She is fearless yet careful and I’ve taught her to check in with me when she encounters something she is not sure about. She loves people and plays well with other dogs. She has very good puppy manners in play.


If you ever need a referral, please feel free to give out my email address. I’d be more than happy to testify that you breed very sound dogs.







Here ia a picture of Greta who came out of your liter on 5/8/2012. She has gotten over her growing pains and is a pure joy. For the most part house broken except when we don’t pay attention when she goes to the door. She loves to play ball and can catch darn good. Just wanted to update you that she has gotten over here growing pains but is growing like a week. We’ll stay in touch and again thanks.


German Shepherd

Hey Shirley,



I was in town not to long ago, but was unable to come see you and bring Casca with me. He is doing great and I love him to death. He has been the greatest pet and friend I’ve ever had and I wanted to thank you for that. I originally got him to show, but he is now 28 inches tall at the withers, but I don’t care. He’s sitting around 85 lbs now and he makes friends everywhere we go. I was moved to the DC area and he loves it here. So many things to see and smell. Here is a picture of him at 11 months and 2 days old and he is just gorgeous. Since I picked him up I have had so many people complement me on how beautiful he is and here in the DC area several people have stopped me to ask if they could take a picture with him. I give your website and number to any and everyone I can because you truly made it a great experience in the purchase of Casca. Again thank you and I will send some more pictures later.


Jonathan Lewis


Hi Shirley,



Lesa and I have decided to call Bretta, Greta. She is doing fantastic, we had her to our vet and he said she is in great shape and he really loved her temperament. He spent 30 minutes with her and was impressed with the way she interacted with dogs and with the kids in the office. The potty training is going very well with only a couple of accidents so far. She weighed 24 lbs at the Vet and she has a fantastic appetite.


The most important thing for Lesa and I is how good she is around our grand kids and we can tell with her disposition that she is going to be a great pet. We are using the crate at night with no issues, she loves it. Again I can’t thank you enough for your help and we will be sending pictures soon as I have taken many but have new software I am trying to learn so when that happens you will be first on our list to get a picture.



Mike and Lesa.


Hi Shirley and team Nobleheim:


As you know Aurora and I had been searching for more than a year for a top quality European Schutzhund III male dog. Throughout that time we had interviewed and evaluated breeders from across the US and Europe. It was only after we meet with you and your team at your kennel in the Dallas, TX area that we were convinced that you had not only the best dogs available, but also possessed the best experience and technical background in the breeding and care for these highly intelligent animals.(We interviewed many other breeders in your area to reach our conclusion)


Our prize…. Ulf vom Hammelbacher Hof SCH III, also known as “Wofi”, with his high level of accomplishments (V8 Germany 2010) has blended into our home like a puppy…. He is respectful of his environment and has become a joy to be around. He loves companionship and especially children. He is by our definition, Super Intelligent and loving.


The only issue we have with this pure German intellect is his English. So we enrolled him at our local community college for “English as a Second Language”. He takes his SAT’s on Monday…. (Ha-Ha)…. He’s that smart…


Aurora loves the way he walks beside her everywhere she goes. In the house, or outside…


Seriously Shirley, you have our complete confidence in preparing Wolfi for the upcoming US Sieger show this year.


Sincerely,Aurora Gilley, MDJohn Gilley


German Shepherd




I am sure you are very used to hearing paraise from everyone whom has been blessed with one of your marvelous puppies. Well we would like to add our voices to the chorus. Our litte guy (name still pending), is an absolute delight. The “potty training” has and is going perfectly. He has a delightful temperament, is already very attached to both Gail and I, has met the cats (they get along famously), plays hard, sleeps like he’s in a coma, and eats like a little piglet! He seems to be thriving. We did manage to get him to sit still for just a moment to pose for a picture on the back deck. He seems to really enjoy the deck because he has a view of the horses and the surrounding property.


We just could not be happier. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You.

Warmest Regards,

Jess Ortega


Dear Shirley,



My family and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the opportunity to have Aries as the newest member. As he is going on five months, my family has had great pleasure watching him grow into the companion we have been looking for. As a very young puppy, he learned his basic obedience within hours, he knows his place with our two others dogs (a female German Shepherd and a male English Bulldog) and is becoming quite the guardian of our family. Aries plays with the kids and is always by their side watching over them. He is exactly what we have been looking for and couldn’t ask for any more. Again, thank you so much. We very much appreciate the time and dedication you give to your German Shepherds and it clearly shows. We have received so many compliments on his bone structure and build. Our vet also stated, “he will stop people in their tracks”, proof that you are doing an excellent job with your shepherds and it shows. We can’t thank you enough.


Very much appreciated,

The Panzica Family


Hi Shirley,



Dave (Olivia’s human Dad) must say, twice a day that Olivia Vom Nobleheim is “the perfect German Shepherd”. “Shirley sure did us right”! LOL! I have to say, I agree with him on the matter!


Olivia Vom Nobleheim is growing up to be extremely powerful, smart, quick and incredibly loving with our family. Her sound mind and behavior never ceases to amaze us and our entire neighborhood! She is such a celebrity at the elementary and middle schools, that our kids friends get upset if we don’t take her to school, daily. As she matures, she’s filling out nicely and is doing incredibly well with her training. She performs off of hand signals, verbal commands and is ready for her BH. Upon receiving her BH, Dave will focus on preparing her for her Schutzhund title.Olivia Vom Nobleheim is the first dog that I’ve ever had and I’m overwhelmed and stunned by her beauty, intelligence, strength and temperament. She’s always hugging and kissing family members while prancing around with a playful smile on her face. Thank you for all you do with the German Shepherd breed, Shirley. You are bringing out the best in the German Shepherd Dog in every physical way, while keeping their “teddy bear” souls intact! Your labor of love with your GSD’s shines in our family life every day, with Olivia Vom Nobleheim!With love and appreciation,


The Shurts Family!


Hello Shirley!



I hope you are doing well and I want to tell you Thank You so much for welcoming me and Nikki on Saturday. It was a little difficult to choose a puppy since they were ALL so happy, loved, and very well taken care of. But in the end, I took that wiggly, curious, and rambunctious Green Collared Male. I wanted to bring you up to date on his progress so far and share a few of the pictures that Nikki took of him (she’s an amazing photographer and has even sold some of her work). As you can see, he LOVES playing ball and he is Very serious when he is playing ball.



First and foremost: his name. I took time choosing a name for him. He actually helped me make the decision. His name is Jorn. Jorn is German for Vigilant Watchman. And let me tell you: there is no doubt he will be the most Vigilant Watchman!


He is so happy and adjusted. Since the moment I brought him home, he has slept all night and has mastered the whole “Potty Training” milestone! He’s never ONCE potty’d on the floor and now even “Paws” the back door (trust me when I say, “I freaked out in unbelievable shock when I saw him paw to go out!”). I sometimes have to remind myself he’s still just a baby. He explores a little bit more every day. He LOVES romping around in the backyard. He’s so sweet. My cat, Mojo, is slowly warming up to him. He basically walks around hissing and growling but it’s clear it’s all in an effort to let Jorn know “who’s the boss around here” (his fur isn’t even on end and he doesn’t hide from him at all = he’s fooling no one! Ha!) I imagine in a week or two it will be very different around here.


As promised, I want to bring you up to date on his progress. He’s wonderful! And I hope you feel as good about parting with him as much as I do about having him in my life!


Please feel free to call or e-mail anytime!!!



I researched breeders for approximately one year before contacting Shirley. Having grown up with German Shepherds and having lived in German I wanted a German Shepherd from German bloodlines. I was trying to decide between the East German lines and the West German Show lines. Finally I decided on the West German Show lines. I emailed Shirley back and forth for several months and she was always more than happy to answer any questions that I had. In July of 2010 I went to meet Shirley and look at her puppies. I love German Shepherds and already knew a lot about this special breed but her knowledge far surpasses mine. To say the least I found her to be very knowledgeable and she cares about her Shepherds. She knows everything there is to know about the breed and even made some great recommendations on trainers near my area, nutrition and helping to select the puppy with the temperament that I was looking for. At the end of the day she brought out a very special little puppy for me to look at. Right away I could tell that he had that intelligence and mischievous playfulness that I adored and I fell in love with him right away. A couple of weeks later the little fella that melted my heart was mine and he came home with me to join the family.



My gorgeous fella’s AKC name is Jaeger vom Nobleheim but I call him Zander, (Defender of mankind). His mother is Fritzie vom Nobleheim, (A very sweet girl) and his father is Italo Di casa Nobili. I could not be more pleased with him. He is so smart and such a fast learner. Every now and then he gets it in his head that he doesn’t want to listen to me but he figures out real fast that he has to. He has such a sweet disposition and has become my giant snuggle bug. His ball drive is astonishing and he absolutely loves to play tug of war. If we go for a walk, to the pet store or anywhere people just stop what they are doing to take a look at him. He has a handsome boy to behold and is definitely a head turner.


If I had to recommend a good quality breeder that cares about this breed and the improvement of this wonderful breed Shirley McMinn would be that breeder. I just can’t say enough.



Zander’s mommy, (Jaeger vom Nobleheim)

Debreah Chism




We are all enjoying jack very much. He is such a sweet guy and very loving. I have already taught him to sit for me (dog whisperer says this is dog’s way of saying please) for petting and food. We tried walking on a leash in the yard today with hot dog chunks. He wants so sit down every few feet but we’ll just do a littleevery day for a few minutes. He passed physical with flying colors. Only one shot and it was for the influenza. no ear mites, no worms. He is getting bigger everyday. Installed baby gates on the living anddining rooms today. His only accidents were in there exactly where our male cat peed. No crate accidents at all! Our 2 cats are fascinated by him and luckily, he shows nothing but friendly interest in them. I think he is hurt that they don’t love him already.



Just to let you know all is well. we are all in love with jack.


Thanks again,



Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year as well! Geo is doing well. We are so very pleased with him. What a beautiful, healthy, solid dog he is! We get nothing but compliments on him. HE shares a large run with my 3 year old female and they are best of friends. They run and play non-stop day and night. It makes our hearts happy to see them having so much fun, and it really keeps them in top form.



We thank you for the joy and happiness Geo has brought to our home. His quality is deep. He represents the breed so well. We are proud of him and your kennel as well.


Roger and Laura Schutt…and the girls….





Here ia a picture of Greta who came out of your liter on 5/8/2012. She has gotten over her growing pains and is a pure joy. For the most part house broken except when we don’t pay attention when she goes to the door. She loves to play ball and can catch darn good. Just wanted to update you that she has gotten over here growing pains but is growing like a week. We’ll stay in touch and again thanks.




Hope you and your family are doing well. This is Gus and his favorite person Chelsea this afternoon. There was a huge dog walk to benefit service dogs and the whole family participated.


It is hard to believe that Gus is almost a year old!!! Not sure where the time has gone… We will be starting tracking basics this summer. We think Gus will really enjoy that.


Take care,

The Acosta family


Hello Shirley, hope you are doing well. Just wanted to touch base with you and to let you know that Gus is doing great. He is such a healthy and happy little protector of the family. Here he is posing it up at the dog park on a beautiful Texas afternoon. Take care. . .


The Acosta Family


Below is a link to Ishaan’s pictures. He is doing wonderfully well and joy to our family. Gets along great with Abheek our 2yr old German.


Shirley, family and friends came over Sunday for the day, thought you should know jazz was a picture perfect behave dog with everybody and even a baby, they could not believe how gentle she can be.


Thank you so much for quality.





THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Nike and Nova vom Nobleheim have been the PERFECT addition to our family. We have a 2 year old and 9 month old boys who adore the girls! It gives me a great comfort to know that all of the youngsters will grow up together. My 2 year old is a great help in their training and they are great for HIS learning of responsibility as he is always wanting to do the feeding, watering, exercising and he even helps with their protection training! My 9 month old was crying in his walker the recently and Nike went up to him and put her head on the walker and just looked up at him as if to say “It’s OK, I am here” and he went into a deep, belly laugh:) Again, thank you a million times over!



Shane and Kelly M.




Here is some photos of Rhyker in our backyard, it was play time, he is really growing and so smart, he is learning all of the commands really good, he is a blessing to us, Thanks for such a great dog!!!!


Lisa Price


Troy & Panzer






I post a lot of jokes about Karma on FB, but make no mistake, we are thrilled with him. Appetite is good, very playful. Took him to our vet for the booster and future appointments, I think he was impressed. I don’t know much, but I do know that his “prey drive” is outstanding. We use a lot of tug toys. Now he is beginning to jump and bite down on toy. He gained 2 pounds since the last weigh on the 20th. We are having a ball with him and love him dearly. Thank you so much.







Just a short note to share that "Kuno" is an absolutley wonderful addition to our home!  He follows us in the yard, he is very attentive and curious, he is learning his name and "here," and has fit right in.  He even slept through the night in the small borrowed crate with little fuss and whining.  He is a very impressive boy, and we love him so much.  Thank you for the fine job you did with him.




Hi Shirley,


Just wanted to give you an update on Dante. Dante is doing excellent in his puppy training class. My trainer said he has never seen a dog as intelligent as Dante. The course is 6 weeks long and he is going to going to graduate the beginner's class in his third week. Then we will move on to intermediate class. He loves to take walks in the park and is very friendly with people. I originally had no intention of doing this but due to the progress that Dante is making in his obedience class and how personable he is with people, I have decided to pursue the path of making Dante a therapy dog. My trainer is service dog certified so I can just stick with him throughout the whole training process. I am very excited to go down this path with Dante. 


Dante third booster shot will be next week. I am still feeding him Natures Variety Instinct Lamb and he loves it. I decided to mix some grain-free salmon treats in his diet in order to enhance his coat even though he already has a beautiful coat. He has grown a lot over the past 3 weeks. I have attached a few pics of him in my backyard.


Anyways, hope everything is going well with you. 






We wanted to write and send you a huge THANK YOU for our sweet boy Cash!  We absolutely love him; he is intelligent, beautiful, silly, confident, protective, and more.  Our whole family is elated!  Also, I think you deserve a huge round of applause for what you do; you have high standards as far as training, breeding, and all around German Shepherd care goes, this kind of work shows in the outstanding pups that are produced from Nobleheim.  We are beyond thrilled that we chose your kennel to find our new family member.  Thank you again and we wish you all the best!



Justin & Nicole



  I thought you might like to see a picture of your old dog.  She has turned into a water dog – loves to swim (she actually jumped out of the boat shortly after these pics were taken).  She is a great dog and has a great, friendly personality.




I've attached the photos of Utz and Rosie.
They are beautiful, sweet and loving dogs.
Vom Nobleheim continues to amaze me with the caliber of German Shepherds you

Rosie came to us as a weeks old puppy.  She was easily and quickly trained
and received her AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate.
She is very social and confident.  She loves other animals and children as
She is an amazing companion and friend.

Utz has been with us about a week now.  He is unbelievably beautiful and
loving.  He is the most calm 16 month old dog I have ever
been around.  He settled in with us easily and with the loss of our dear 12
year old Shepherd, Roxxy, he is a welcome companion for

Thank you, so much, Shirley for the amazing Shepherds you bring in to this
world.   Best, Kay    

Merry Christmas to you Shirley.  Klaus will be 9 months tomorrow. He is our pride and joy. We took him to Unleashed Pet Store for this picture and he was a show stopper. Everyone wanted a piece of him. We felt like we were with a rock star. He actually is a rock star at our house. His favorite things to play with are rocks. He will be nine months old tomorrow. He is a beauty king for sure. 


I will send better pictures when I get a chance. 


Merry Christmas to you, everyone, and every dog/puppy at Nobleheim Kennels. 


Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2016


Kathy & Chris Heimann


Dear Shirley and all the fine folks at Nobelheim German Shepherds, 


May 15th 2015, we picked up our new best friend up from Nobelheim German Shepherds. 

Eight week old. 16.5 pound,  Klaus Heimann Vom Nobelheim. 


The night before, we were like the kid on the Disney commercial;  too excited to sleep, waking every half hour to see if it was time to get up and pick-up  our much anticipated puppy~ 

He was everything and more that we had hoped for. A beautiful, lively, smart, loving puppy with baby teeth like a piranha. (After his permanent teeth grew in,  we quit calling him "land shark".) 

He sat in my lap all  7.5 hours home to San Antonio with no problems. 

He even let me know when he had to potty.  I thought he was great, especially since he had never been in a car. 

Housebreaking was no problem. Klaus is such a smart boy. Our fuzzy puppy quickly grew into a big strapping beautiful one year old.


I have seen, watched many dog shows and owned beautiful dogs. Klaus is, in my opinion, the most beautiful dog I have ever seen.  When we take him out, strangers stop us and want to take his picture or get their picture taken with him.  You’ve heard of a Beauty Queen, well, I call him the Beauty King. 


I had researched many German Shepherd breeders. I was in the market for a breeder that was in dog breeding for the love of the dogs, not for the love of the money. 

I have owned German Shepard dogs since 1973. I have learned that the integrity of the  breeder is very important in the quality and behavior of the dog.  Nobleheim has this quality of care and integrity.


After many disappointing interviews with less than and sketchy  breeders, I came upon Nobelheim German Shepherds. After reviewing the website and speaking with Shirley McMinn I felt confident that I had found just what we were looking for. We wanted to see what the dogs living conditions and care were like and also meet the puppy’s dam and sire.  Good lines were important to us. 

Shirley is all about the dogs, their blood  lines, temperament, and care. Her home, property, and kennels were extremely clean and well organized. She has a background in veterinary nursing.  Her adult dogs are healthy, well disciplined  and never over-bred.  Our puppy was ready to go, had all his shots up to date,  paper work in place and an international microchip.


Her dogs are prize winners.  They are healthy and beautiful. We weren’t looking for a show dog or a breed dog. We simply wanted a friend. Neither of us have children so the dog is our everything. 

Many people have encouraged us to  show our puppy. We aren’t interested in the show ring; only a great companion.  He is a great companion. Sleeps in his crate at night from the first night. 

Not afraid of thunder, fireworks or gun shots. No fear.

He is protective of our property but not aggressive. I have never heard him growl but he will  come and stand between us and a stranger. When we go to the hill country he will sit in our little Gator ATV for hours and never get out, not even to play with other dogs.  We currently have a miniature Schnauzer staying with us. Klaus will play with him but knows not to play too rough. He is just SMART, sensitive and intuitive. 

An excellent pet. 


So, if you want a great friend, pet or show dog, I highly recommend Nobelheim Kennels. Money well spent. You simply can’t put a value on unconditional love, intelligence, and friendship. 


Kind regards, 

Kathy Heimann


Thought you might like to see a pic of Wesson!  He is 25 lbs and changes before our eyes daily!!  Eye color going darker, brown fur more noticeable. He's doing really well sitting, laying down, and heeling!  We can't imagine our family without him now. Hope you all are well!



Ursey/Gabriel female puppy in her new home! August 2016

Hi Shirley,

Jet is wonderful but she's keeping us busy. I forgot how much work a puppy is but she is making so much progress. Way ahead of any other dog I have owned. She is crate trained and 98% house trained. She goes down at 10 pm and rises at 7 am.

She is a delight to be around.  She is learning so quickly. We couldn't be more pleased with Jet.  Thanks again for making such a great choice for us.

Here are a couple of pictures with her favorite toy.

Kind regards,
Audie and Susan




Happy New Year!!!


Wilson is growing fast - he is already 70 lbs at 6 month!  We couldn't be happier with the little/big guy!!


Jay & Sonia D.

Hi Shirley,


Thought I'd drop you an update on Naos. I received all his papers from AKC. His is getting big and learning quickly. He is now potty trained and will go on command. He has mastered sit (much thanks to you), and now knows speak, down, come, and stay as well. He loooves those turkey hotdogs and will work work work for them! Crate training is going well and I'm just starting leash training. Any tips on getting him to like a leash?

Tug of war is his favorite game and he absolutely loves to play in the water bowl outside. He's still on Victor and eats well.

He got to meet some chickens, cows, and cats recently out on my friends land.

His ears just stood up this morning. One is still a little limp but it's up. The first and second picture is tonight and the one with a floppy ear is last night. They grow up so fast!! 😂


I was curious if you could share what his siblings names are?


He is still such a beautiful boy. Thank you so much for putting this joy in my life. :)





Eva just graduated from Intermediate Obedience. Yeah!!! She's doing good but still a lot of puppy in her!  Will continue our work. She likes to fish with Rick and visit the farm.  Here is a sketch I drew of her. She's very photogenic.  Hope all is well with you and your family. 


Happy Easter!

Rick and Lisa T.

Hi Shirley,


Hope you’re doing well. Wanted to send you some pictures of Wolfgang. He has turned into a wonderful young boy. Weighs about 97 pounds and is 1 year and 7 months old. Super friendly. Strangers ask if their kids can take a picture with him.  He likes to lick babies in stollers!!  Everybody comments on how beautiful he is. He has become a wonderful member of the family. We are so glad we choose him. Thank you.



Hi Shirley-

It has been awhile since I have sent anything, but wanted to share news on our Kona girl (I litter; Gabriel is father and maybe Usa for mom).

Last month we competed in a Fort Worth show and received her first title in Rally Novice A. Then this past weekend, she received 2 legs towards her Rally Advanced title in Mesquite.  Not only did she qualify, but she has consistently placed in the top at every show. We look forward to closing out her last leg and titling her in Advanced Rally in June in conjunction with a CD title.  We frequently get asked at the shows where we purchased her and always send people your way...hopefully you have received some inquiries from the people we have spoken to.

She is energetic, highly intelligent, and eager to learn new skills!  To keep her even more active, we recently added scent work to the routine - but just for fun.  I just wanted to pass along the info as I  figured it might bring a smile to your face!  I have attached some photos for you to see how beautiful she is becoming now that she has reached a year old too.

Take care!


Legend pictured on the right. 

Hi Shirley –


We wanted to share with you some great news from this past weekend.  Our sweet Kona, daughter of Gabriel & Usa, received her CDX title over the weekend in Fort Worth.  I attached some pics so you can see how beautiful (and BIG) she is.  Every show we go to, we have people coming up to us because they love watching her work.  She is extremely smart, loving and overall just goofy and everybody falls in love with her.  She is a great representation of the quality of breeding you do.  So thank you for doing what you do, without your passion, we wouldn’t be where we are today.


Hope all is well with you, your family, and your ‘pack’.





Hi ma'am


Been a little over a year since we picked up Zena from you.


She's been a joy. She has a very strong work drive. 


Here is a picture I took this morning while working with her on an A Frame.


Also Texas Tripe has been a wonderful supplier. She has done well as you can in the picture.


Thanks again. Hope all is well at you end.





I hope you’ve been well during this crazy time! Can you believe Boone and his siblings are almost one?! I just wanted to give you an update on my beloved boy! We’ve become the newest wine country residents and now live in CA! My boyfriend owns a winery here and I was able to transfer with my company so now Boone gets to run in the vineyards all day with his new best friend, Blue, an Australian Shepherd :) we’ve been going back and forth from here to CO and it’s been just a dream! Boone flies perfectly on the plane and his favorite things continue to be snuggles and eating :) he’s also deemed every fountain on the property as his own personal swimming pool! Everyone who meets him comments on not only how handsome he is, but that he’s the biggest gentle giant they’ve ever met :) thank you again for caring about this breed so much and for blessing me with him! 




Hi Shirley,


I just want to say hi and I hope you and your family are all doing well!  I have been watching your website and it looks like you have been busy to say the least!  Lots of precious babies!!  And more to come!


Brew is doing so well!  Yesterday was the one year anniversary of when Ian and I came to get him.  I can’t believe it’s been a year.  He is so beautiful - sometimes during our walks people will pull over their cars to stop and tell me how handsome he is!  He is also so sweet! He loves everyone!  He has the cutest personality - so friendly and outgoing!


I am so thankful for him!  Thank you for your knowledge and dedication to the German Shepherd breed so people like me can have wonderful companions.


Take care, Shirley! 

Leslie and Brew

Good afternoon Shirley, 


I wanted to take an opportunity to give you another quick Hanzo update today. 


Jessica and I had our first child back in May, and Hanzo has been nothing but the sweetest dog with him ever since his arrival. It is hard to separate the two of them, and often I find myself needing to give MJ a bath after Hanz is done licking him all over!

Hanzo has been a loyal, playful, and loving dog ever since we brought him home, and we are excited to watch him and MJ continue to grow their friendship over the years to come. 


Best regards, 





Athena Grace has her high quality food, with future orders set up! And, our babies love her!! She was awesome on the drive home and adjusted perfectly to the house and pups! We loved Cindy! Thank you so much for that introduction! We loved meeting you too! Abbie wishes she lived closer so she could work for you and take care of the puppies! That’s actually a huge deal- she’s very mature and a harsh judge of character! She adores you!! I do too! My job is done- she values and recognizes great people!!


Sincerely… thank you! This baby pup is beautiful and so smart!! Abbie had her responding to her name and sitting on command before we left Cindy’s!


The funny part? Abbie researched so much that she started dreaming we’d show up and somehow end up with the “pick of the litter,” even though we were late to the selection party. She told me today, “mom, I think my dream came true and God let us get the BEST puppy!!” She’s overjoyed!! And, I have to contain myself because I want to spoil Athena rotten! But, Abbie won’t let me!🤣🤣


You’re an angel!!



Hi Shirley,


Just wanted to share how my GSD is doing (now that it's been over a year)!  


First off, thank you again for taking such care in your breeding and upbringing of the pups.  I constantly get comments about how good Zeke's (what I named him 😊) temperament is!  He is unbelievably friendly (to humans and dogs), goofy, smart and ALWAYS playful.  Below are just a couple of the pics (I have many)...thank you again!!!




Hi Shirley,


Just wanted to thank you for giving us the greatest joy and love possible with Apollo! We picked him up in June of 2020 and he’s the light of our lives. He’s happy and healthy in Austin TX! 


Here are some recent photos followed by the photo from the day he came home with us: 



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