After 29 years, I've finally gotten what I really wanted for Christmas. The urge to own a German Shepherd came when I was 13. At the time, I was walking many of the neighborhood dogs where I lived, and obedience training them on our daily walks. One of those was a male German Shepherd, and he was by far my favorite breed I worked with. Ever since, I've said every year that I wanted one.
Finally, Santa brought me one! Here are a couple of first photos of Max.
His official name will probably be "Max A Million von Silajai". But we call him Max. He will be 10 weeks old this weekend and so far, is just an AWESOME puppy! He looks like he has a lot of black now, but so did his mother and she turned black/tan saddleback as she got older. Here's some photos of his mother (Princess)
his father (Lars - who DOES have a lot of black)
and his Grandfather (Gismo, son of a world champion).
So I've had a pretty busy holiday week and expect to be fairly busy with training him over the next year.
This means I will probably decrease the amount of work I have been putting out in the Hoppy line. I've been attempting and have succeeded at creating 3-4 new Hoppy paintings each week. However, I'm going to decrease my goal to 1-2 per week in order to give proper attention to the training of my new family member. He will be trained in obedience (of course), in basic protection, and I'm also looking to work with him on agility training. I do not plan to show him, but if he does well in the agility training, I might consider some of those events.
I will be online a lot less, so if you email me, please have patience in waiting for a response. I will still answer all emails quickly, but I am only checking email about once per day now.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas, and next week, I'll be getting back to work on the next Hoppy image. :)