May 10, 2008
Dear Roger and Dorothy,
The pup is wonderful. Sophie is bright, beautiful, expressive, and loving. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you spent all those many hours talking with me while I was researching and making my ultimate decision. I talked to many breeders (priced both higher and lower) and did a lot of research, but the most helpful information I got was directly from you. I think the thing I found during this process was that while most breeders were interested in breeding out bad qualities, you are working with such good lines that you are breeding in good qualities.
There has obviously been a lot of work that has gone into this pup. She isn’t the least bit timid. Dishwasher, washer, dryer, garbage disposal, hammer, gun shots out here in the country…not one of these things startled her. She allows me to search her entire body for ticks after coming in (as you know, we have one heck of a problem this year) while standing tall and still. Also, one fine testament to her temperament was her introduction to our young cat, Zoe. After a few barks and growls and less than 12 hours, they became the best of friends. Sharing a dish, toy, or rough-and-tumble doesn’t bother either one of them. (No, the pup doesn’t eat cat food; it’s the other way around.) Sophie is playful, but backs off when the cat expresses any distress. In other words, she isn’t “out for the kill.”
And, she doesn’t just look intelligent; after two short days she already knows the meaning of going “Out” and coming “In.” She is very quickly getting the idea that “Sophie, Come!” brings a loving scratch behind the ear. She also shows signs of being a water lover. We have a small stream behind the house, and she is fascinated by the running water. She goes and stands “knee” deep without the slightest hesitation.
I am delighted and my heart soars as she spontaneously freezes in the classic German Shepherd pose. The only thing that pleases me more than knowing that you will be there for my “German Shepherd questions,” is that I will spend a lifetime with a quality companion.