2012 Proud Puppy Owners. Liam x Greer
“I take Aden to Schutzhund training with me some weeks. A couple weeks ago, I pulled her out during obedience. Everyone was working the older puppies on the A frame (higher/steeper than an agility A frame) and the wall jump. Some of the year-ish GSD pups were not happy about it. Aden was more than happy to tackle both obstacles with gusto, and did very well. She’s a happy, outgoing little dog, and always up for a challenge. She surprised me by grabbing the IPO 1 dumbbell on her own, and she even retrieved it over the wall and jump. For those not familiar with the sport- an IPO 1 dumbbell is a 1-1/2 pound wooden dumbbell. Quite large for our little girl! She’s social and friendly with other dogs when given permission, but is learning to stay handler-focused until released.
“Aden is a little petite thing. I haven’t weighed her lately. She’s 20” to 20 1/2” inches at the withers. Raw feeding has made her extremely fit, with high muscle mass, and not a drop of fat on her. She’s got a lovely coat- deep, deep black with a goofy wave along her top-line. When we were talking about what type of dog we wanted with Krystal and Tom, we said our ideal was a fairly high-drive dog (for the breed), but one that had an off switch in the house, and could be content laying and waiting for something to happen. We got what we asked for! Intense ball drive, speed and agility… along with a puppy who is OK with a few hours hanging out lazily in the house. Thankfully, she grew out of the minor car sickness she had as a young pup, and has been all over the state with us. Natural Rearing sure does work. In acquiring Aden, she pushed me over the edge, and I finally made the switch to make my home chemical free.
“Aden is a lovely little dog, and (IMO) a prime example of what the English Shepherd should be. A guardian to the live animals at home. Lovely with children of all ages. Calm, yet Powerful (as needed) herding dog. Social, biddable, and sensitive to human emotions. Aden is structurally sound, and environmentally solid! (Some of that will fall into the nature/nurture conflict) I hope you are all enjoying your Highland Glenn pup as much as we are!” – Richard McClendon & Kelly Byrd, Washington