Ch. Stahlkrieger's Southern Light, CGC

Monday, July 28, 2014

First litter planned!

Southern Lights Standard Schnauzers is pleased to announce the planned breeding of our first liter (pending remaining health clearances). Puppies are expected in Winter 2014.

Dam:   GCH Stahlkrieger Comanches Dream Catcher             

 (CH Geistvoll Double Diamond x GCH Stahlkrieger's Red Red Rose)

CHIC # SC-DNA- 441/S
OFA HIP# SC-4300E27F-VPI Excellent
OFA DCM # SC-DCM258/28F Negative
OFA Thyroid #TH108/27F-VPI: Normal 

Remi finished the year (2013) as the #19 Standard Schnauzer (#7 Bitch) in AKC Grand Champion points with only 6 months of showing last year. She is a large, eye catching bitch with high energy and a sweet temperament. - our Rally/Agility instructor (a nationally well known judge) often complements her intensity and her sharp skill execution. We have never entered competitive performance events but I do train both the dogs for fun.

Sire:  CH Stahlkrieger's Southern Lights,CGC

 (CH Stahlkrieger's Undefeatable x CH Stahlkrieger's Perfect Ten)
CHIC # SC-DNA- 440/S
         OFA HIP# SC-4031G24M-VPI  Good
         OFA DCM # SC-DCM218/57M-VPI Negative
         OFA Caridac# SC-CA38/12M/P-VPI: Normal 
         OFA Patella #SC-PA3/12M/P-VPI: Normal

Kord is a natural show dog. He loves attention, his tail never quits wagging and he just shines in the ring. He earned his CGC and his AKC Champion titles at under one year of age. I have not entered Kord in any competitive performance events but have trained him for obedience and Agility. Both instructors (nationally known) have complemented Kord's work ethic and desire to please. Kord has also been herding instinct tested and passed. A video of the actual test is included in an earlier blog post. Again the evaluator was very complementary of calmness around the sheep (this was his first and only exposure to them), and his natural circling action. She said that she thought he would do well as a herding dog with some training. Unfortunately the school is about 3 hours from my home and we were unable to continue training for that sport.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Houston World Series of Dog Shows 2014

Although Remi will be breed soon, I decided to enter her in the Houston World Series of Dog Shows event this weekend for fun. I am so glad I did. She was entered only 3 days out of 5 and this was only the second time I have shown her myself.

She finished the weekend Best of Opposite Sex today for a major win and was also Select Bitch on Friday.

I am so proud of my girl. - stay tuned for pictures which will be added as an update as soon as they are received.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Multi-Drug Sensitivity in Dogs

I learned something really fascinating recently and thought that some of you might be interested in reading about it as well.

Apparently, some dogs are know to have bad reactions to some commonly used veterinary medications including: ivermectin, loperamide, Imodium, and many chemotherapeutics.  For many years, no one knew why this was happening and veterinarians were taught that if dogs had white feet, they "should not treat" them with these medicines. However, a few years ago researchers at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine discovered that mutations in the mdr1 gene cause problems with coding of glycoprotein ultimately leading to difficulty metabolizing drugs effecting this protein. 

Dogs who have two copies of the faulty gene (one from each parent), who are then given normal doses of the drugs that contain the problem compound  are also likely to experience a dysregulation of the HPA axis (Hypothalmic-pituitary- adrenal). They often appear to have a slightly irregular version of Addison's disease which is actually caused by dysfunction of the adrenal glands and often co-occurs with and can lead to thyroid dysfunction if left untreated.
But normal dogs and dogs with only one copy of the gene are not susceptible to this problem so the drug could be used without concern in them and shouldn't be used at all in those who are homozygous (two copies of the gene).

Many breeds are know to carry the gene and it is highly prevalent in herding breeds, especially Collies. I was unable to find any specific information on the rate of this mutation in Standard Schnauzers but expect the rate to be low as Standards are relatively unrelated to the herding breeds (genetically speaking) despite their use as herding dogs. 

If you are interested in learning more about this subject, please see:

A printable information sheet can be downloaded from :

There are also a number of scholarly articles that can be obtained with a quick Google search for scholarly articles on Mutlidrug Sensitivity in Dogs or by referencing appropriate search terms in the veterinary literature databases. I have not listed them all here because there are too many and my list would quickly be out of date as this literature appears to be constantly evolving.

New Puppy Coming Soon!

I know that it has been several months since our last post but we are pleased to announce that a new puppy will be joining our family in 2012. We will co-own Stahlkrieger's Comanche Dreamcatcher with our good friend Cheryl Crompton. She is a beautiful, spunky, pepper & salt bitch, born the week before Christmas to Stahlkrieger's Red Red Rose (Richard and Ellen Mahoney). The sire is Geistvoll's Double Diamond (Jim and Renee Pope). This special girl will be our second show pup and the first we will attempt to show ourselves with continued help from our friend, Maxine Pettaway. We expect her to arrive in February/March and have high hopes for this little charmer. Stay tuned for photos and other updates.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Interesting or Useful Books

I don't know how many others in the dog world are big readers, but I am a voracious reader myself. In addition to novels I read for entertainment and journals and texts I read for work, I think that I have read over 40 dog related books in the last year. So I thought that I would list a few of my favorites here.  They are divided by topic. (I will try to update this list and the related reviews over time as I come across more good books).


The Standard Schnauzer Source Books 1-5.  These books are published by the Standard Schnauzer Club of American and available through their publications page.  The contain photographs of past champions, lists of accomplishments and pedigrees for many of the great dogs in our breed's history. They also include updates on things relevant to the development and progress of the breed in other countries. I have found them very helpful learning resources.


The Absolute Beginners Guide to Showing Your Dog by Cheryl Smith.  I could not have survived without this book! It is an excellent overview of what dog show are about, explaining what happens before, after and during the shows from how to be a spectator to the skills you need to do it yourself, the required paperwork and set up, to what the judge is doing and why. I highly recommend this book for anyone new to the sport.

Raising a Champion: A beginner's guide to showing dogs by Carole Richards. This book is also "required reading" for first time show dog owners. While the book above is a good overview to help you understand the general concepts, this book is a "how to" manual you can not live without. The authors say that the idea for this book came about from all the puppy people they have worked with over the years who wished for an owners manual.  So one day they finally decide to sit down and write one. Well, I think that they did an excellent job. They teach you everything from setting a goal, purchasing required equipment and basic puppy care to training skills, show craft, entering events and building points. One of the things I like best is the use of photographs to illustrate the effect of both correct and incorrect use of skills (for example, stacking) in the same dog. I found it very helpful to my understanding of WHY we are meant to do things in a particular way (and why NOT to do them in other ways). I hope you will find it as helpful as I did.

Loose Lead: The Life and Dog-Training Secrets of Texas Legend Adelene Pardo  by Nancy Francis.  This book is both instructional and biographical.  Its is by far the funnies book I have read in years.  I laughed so hard the first night I was reading it that my husband wanted in on the joke and from that point on I had to read the book aloud. I love that this very well known and respected woman demonstrates such grace and self confidence that she has learned through the years to laugh at herself and doesn't mind allowing us to join her. It makes me want to say: "when I grow old I too shall wear purple!"

An Eye For a Dog: Illustrated guide to judging purebred dogs by Robert W. Cole.  This book is just what the title implies, an educational tool for learning about breed type, body structure and movement. The illustrator is clearly skilled and has the ability to visually depict subtle differences in form and structure in a way that helps the reader learn to look for these effects in his/her real life subjects. The book is intended for breeders and judges but is also useful for new people interested in learning about the sport of dogs if they are also ready to move beyond the mechanics of the event to better understand what's really happening and why.


The Canine Good Citizen: Every dog can be one, 2nd edition by Jack and Wendy Volhard.  This is a new book from the AKC. It briefly describes the creation and development of the AKC's new Canine Good Citizen Program.  It also provides a list of the required skills and instructions on how to teach your dog to achieve them. I was already enrolled in a CGC class when I read this book but I found it helpful to have a good overview of the training objectives and the reasons for them. Though I don't think that I would have been able to use the book to replace the course.

Success is in the Proofing: A Guide for Creative and Effective Training by Debbie Quigley and Judy Ramsey. This nice little book which is designed for people in obedience to take with them to events or to be handy for training. Its spiral bound with a laminated cover that makes it easy to use.  The authors describe techniques similar to the ones they teach in their classes and seminars for proofing skills as your dog learns them. The focus primarily on the skills that are used for formal obedience but the principles could apply to any training situation.

The Rally Course Book: A guide to AKC Rally Courses by Janice Dearth.  This is a very well designed book with a laminated cover and spiral binding.  It describes the development of rally course and provides several examples. However, this is not a good book for a beginning who is primarily interested in learning about the sport and the various signs and procedures. You'll need a different book for that.


Success is in the Shaping: The education of an unlikely champion by Susan Garrett.  This book is based on a collection of articles Ms. Garrett has previously posted about her own experiences in training a boarder collie puppy who went on to be one of the most successful champions in the history of agility. I don't agree with her premise that this dog was an "unlikely" champion.  He comes from amazing stock with multiple record holding family members.  However, it is a very entertaining book, funny and well written.  It conveyed a sense of hope to me for my own boy and helped me to laugh at my own follies as the author was clearly able to do for her own.  I think its well worth reading and am glad that the publisher allowed me to keep it when they mistakenly shipped this in place of another item I had originally ordered.


Canine Reproduction and Whelping: A breeders guide by Myra Savant-Harris. This was a good basic primer written in understandable terms and covering a broad range of topics.  Although the author purposely chose to write the book using laymen's terms where possible instead of medical jargon, the book still feels well research and appears to be based on a reasonably up to date reading of the literature. This is the best basic breeding guide I have read.

Advanced Canine Reproduction and Puppy Care by Myra Savant-Harris. This is a fabulous book.  A friend and I were just discussing a couple of the topics raised in the first 4 chapters of this book. It is like the author read our minds. I am personally fascinated because the book touches on subjects that link my professional activities and my dog hobby. Though this may not be a book for everyone. Many of the suggestions coming out of the book are based on conjecture derived from the literature pertaining to reproduction in other species rather than on science specific to canines. However, the science to support these ideas is unlikely to be conducted if we don't start thinking about it and discussing among ourselves.

This author also has a book called Puppy Intensive Care. However, I haven't had the chance to read it yet and will not review it until the next update.


The Dog's Mind: Understanding your dog's behavior by Bruce Fogle. This is a great book.  I believe that it is out of print now but you can still find used copies on Amazon from time to time. The book is a very well written and well researched volume that describes a scientific basis for understanding animal behavior (and dog behavior in particular). The author is a veterinarian and something of an authority on the subject. Some parts of the science are a little bit dated at this point as the book was written in the 1990's but only a scientist who works in this area or is very knowledgeable his/herself would notice those issues. The typical reader will find that this book is a priceless tool for making sense of what dogs do and why.

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell.  Dr. McConnell is a well known academician and animal behavioralist.  This book was published for the consumption of the general public and as such is both informative and accessible to the typical reader. Like the Dog's Mind, this book give great insight into the relationships between dogs and humans.  However, it is not focused on the physiological explanation for that relationship so much as the behavioral cues we humans provide to our four legged companions and how our behavior impacts theirs. It is an excellent book and well worth your time to read.

Dog's I've Nosed by Jack Kenner.  This is a photo essay book with some incredibly artistic images of our four legged friends.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I found a copy of this on another website and thought that I would repost here in case some of you might be interested in reading it.  I know I find it very moving.

     "Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores; a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory, for about as long as anything in the world can remain. And though the dog herself doesn't know or care that her achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.  A title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog  loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed."

     "In addition, a title says that you love your dog. That you loved to spend time with her because she was a good dog and that you believed in her enough to give her yet another chance when she (or you!) failed and in the end your faith was justified.  A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few.  That in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return."

     "And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend. Volumes of praise in one small set of initials after a name.  An obedience (agility, flyball, herding, tracking, lure coursing, conformation) title is nothing less than the true love and respect, given and received and recorded permanently."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Snips and snails, and puppy dog tales

I have been reflecting a lot recently on the relationship between children and dogs. Dogs were a very important aspect of my own childhood, in part because my grandfather was a vet and there wasn't much I liked better than "helping" in the clinic on weekends and school holidays, and in part because my parents breed boxer's and my siblings and I were the official "puppy socialization" team.

Although not all working group breeds are good with children, in their native Germany, our own breed  is known as the kinderkeeper. The ability to shift from all around farm/guard duty to gentle affectionate playmate is a hallmark of both sexes. This doesn't mean that the temperament of our breed is "soft" rather it reflects the versatility of these intelligent and sensitive animals.

Our family made the decision to acquire our first standard when our son was less than a year old and just learning to walk. Naturally, there were some difficult moments teaching both boys how to respect and care for each other. Standard schnauzer puppies do not always realize their own strength, and for that matter, neither do little boys. However, having two rambunctious boys developing at about the same rate has provided endless hours of comic relief at our house and I just can't say enough about the companionship of a four legged friend for  all the middle of the night calls, tantrums and other mischief toddlers get into.

For us, having a dog has RELIEVED parenting stress, making it easier for us to meet the emotional needs of child and puppy alike.  However, this may not be true for many other families.  Puppies require a lot of work (especially standard schnauzer puppies), socialization, housebreaking, crate training, obedience, etc.

Although it makes me sad that many breeders will not place a puppy in a home with small children, I understand that their reluctance is based on bad experiences in the past with just such placements.

Please be honest with yourself and your prospective breeder, not just about whether this is the right breed for you but also whether or not this is the right time in your life to make this commitment. Dogs are not disposable (or interchangeable).  They are sentient beings with a personality and life all their own and they are such phenomenally loyal partners that they deserve no less than a lifetime commitment from us.