Our Dogs

We have had the great fortune of sharing our lives with some amazing creatures! They have taught us so much about life... living in the moment, forgiveness, joy, fun and love!

 
Kai racing thru tunnel

Recent Events

Team Kai placed 8th overall in the nation at the AKC Agility Invitationals in Orlando FL on December 16, 2018. Way to go Patrick & Birdie! They put together 5 clean, fast rounds (including their T2B warm-up) to accomplish being 8 out of 139 of the top agility dogs in the 16" height division! We are so proud!

Kai also has a cameo, pictured on page 120 of the new book: Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - What I Wish I Knew by Linda Liebrand. We are honored to have a photo we took of Kai shown in this important, accurate book. Highly recommend as a Must Read!

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What's New

Data earned his Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title at the Timber Ridge Obedience Club of Central Wisconsin trial on February 3, 2019 under judge Richard Wood. We are so proud of Data finishing up his CDX with a 3rd place as a bonus. His open obedience title also earned him the AKC's Versatile Companion Dog 2 (VCD2) for meeting all the next level requirements in agility, tracking and obedience! Data is the first & only Entlebucher with this distinction. Data really is an amazing dog!

Jaylah running in the snow at 10 wks old

Current News

In our debut weekend back at agility after my knee surgery, Jaylah earned her AKC Agility Excellent Standard (AX) title. She really loves it & is coming along nicely! So proud of how far she has come at only 2 years old. She has been such an incredible addition to our family & we could not imagine life without her!

Canine Kids

We are Star Trek FANatics! After our first dog Mutley, we decided to stick with a Star Trek name theme. Currently our family consists of Kai; 9 yr. old Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Data; 8 yr. old Entlebucher Mountain Dog, and our newest addition Jaylah; 2 yr. old imported Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

mom adopting Kira in 2005Kira (pictured at right, 2005 with Mom on the left) was my mom's faithful companion. Kira made mom so happy~ they were inseparable. When my mom passed away March 2016, we couldn't imagine Kira going to live with anyone else... she was family too. We decided Kira should live the rest of her life with us. We consider ourselves the best fit in temperament/lifestyle for Working and Herding breeds. We're not "terrier" people, but we believe in breeds for everyone & respect terrier lovers. It was not the easiest transition but with patience and leadership our family reintegrated successfully.

When we welcomed Jaylah to our family, Kira's purpose became crystal clear. Kira was the perfect size, tough but fair, a great babysitter, playmate, and friend for the energetic, busy puppy. It's funny how things have a way of working out if you stay open to the possibilities. Sadly, Kira only lived another 14 months but it was the right thing to honor mom and for Kira (she suffered a loss too). Mom and Kira had such a close bond that we know they are together again and happy!

Jaylah, Kai and Data posing at Iverson Park

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Our Current Dogs
Kai -pictured middle
Data -pictured right
Jaylah -pictured left

Dogs of our Past
Bayla
Dax
Ryka

 

Just A Dog

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog". They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for "just a dog.

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog. Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phrases like; "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise".

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog", but that which gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man or woman". So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" just smile... because they "just don't understand".
Author: Richard Biby

 

 

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Our 3 Entlebuchers posing together
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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole - Roger Caras

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