Category Archives: Hiking

Hiking With Your German Shepherd Dog

Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge
Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Hi Everyone,

We at Keystone German Shepherds love to go on hikes in the woods and after 15 years of living in Northeastern Oklahoma, we actually purchased a book on ‘Hiking Places in Oklahoma’ and discovered a wooded 6 mile hiking loop within 5 miles of us on Keystone Lake.  Patty and I took GCH. CH. Kodi on the hike yesterday.  We all had a blast; although, we were not sure where on the trail we were all the time because there are many loops and intersections that were not well marked and I left the map at home. 

A picture of the Hiking Trail That We walk Our German Shepherd Dogs on.
A picture of the Hiking Trail That We Walked With Our German Shepherd Dogs

What a resource for us to exercise and enjoy our German Shepherd Dogs and to lose weight and get in shape.  This trail is rugged and requires coordination and strength to avoid the rugged rocks that splatter the trail.  We were sore and exhausted after hiking for two hours, but we are going back today. Today we will probably take Heidelberg’s Daphne Oklahoman and Heidelberg’s Patriot v Atlantan. 

Another Picture of the Rugged Trail We Hike with Our German Shepherd Dogs
Another Picture of the Rugged Trail We Hiked With Our German Shepherd Dogs

If you are considering getting a German shepherd puppy consider getting one of our older puppies and save a little money on some very high quality shepherds.

What We Did After Our Hike With Our German Shepherd Dogs
What We Did After Our Hike With Our German Shepherd Dogs

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We have several wonderful puppies that that are ready to go home.

Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dog (Time to Say Goodbye)

Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge
Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

 Hi Everyone,

Today, I am going to switch gears to discuss an issue that has developed with one of our long-time friends.  Monday, I will continue my discussion of our new family members.

We received a call about 12 1/2 year-old Rocky, one of my all-time favorite German Shepherd Dogs.  Rocky has stopped eating and drinking and is throwing up bile.  He has rapidly gone down health wise in the last month and it is time to say goodbye until we meet again.

Rocky started his life out as a promising show dog and was sold to Connie who lived in Mannford, Oklahoma.  Connie and Rocky were extremely close and did everything together.  Connie after a year and half was diagnosed with breast cancer, and so Rocky was boarded out here at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels while Connie was going through treatment and too sick to take care of Rocky.  We got to become very close to Rocky.  Connie lost her battle to cancer, but her love and fighting spirit was not lost on Rocky.  Connie’s husband gave us Rocky after her death because Rocky presence was just too painful of a reminder of Connie.

When Rocky came to stay with us he was not the same after Connie’s passing.  Rocky was very depressed and grieving.  We decided the best thing for Rocky was find him a good home with children that could take his mind of his loss.  We re-homed Rocky to such a family, and Rocky began to recover from his grief.  Now ten years later after a wonderful and spoiled life, Rocky will be reunited with Connie.  I imagine that they are taking one of their long walks along a beautiful mountain stream.

Losing your best friend after 12 years is the hardest part of owning a German Shepherd Dog.  It hurts as bad as losing a close family member and the grieving process is very similar.  I am comforted in knowing that because God loves us that we will be reunited with all our companions someday in Heaven.  He will not withhold any joy from us including being reunited with our best friends.  I am not going to start preaching in this blog, but there are several Bible verses that support this hope of being reunited with our beloved German Shepherd Dogs.  Personally I believe Heaven will be filled with cats and dogs. 

A young Rocky and Me On a Walk
A young Rocky and Younger Me On a Walk

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We currently have Wally and Walter, two male puppies left.  Both are wonderful puppies and Walter has developed in to quite the show prospect.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels Update

Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge
Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

 Hi Everyone,

A quick update for everyone; I finely feel caught up around here with everything so that I can start blogging six days a week (Monday through Saturday).   We have finished the repair and resurfacing on the driveway, which took two and half weeks of some the hardest and hottest work I have ever done.  I am very happy about being done, but I thought that I might have lost some weight, but I did not lose one pound.  I turn 50 at the end of September and I am determined not to be overweight by my birthday.  I believe the only way that I am going to lose weight is to starve myself and start jogging.  Therefore, the next two months that is what I am going to do.  I will try not to be too grumpy!

This morning I got up at 3 AM to drive a Heidelberg’s William v Carlie (Jury) to the airport.  As I am writing this Jury is on his way to Anchorage, Alaska. What a perfect place for very large long-coat German shepherd Dog to live.  I am happy for Jury and his new owners.

Heidelberg's William v Carlie (Jury)
Heidelberg’s William v Carlie (Jury)

We just love our customers and we are so appreciative of how our business has grown in the last year.  However, there are some areas due to this growth that need to change.  We can no longer be open seven days a week and be available during all our waking hours.  We are going to start closing on Sunday so that my wife and I go on a weekly hiking trip.  In addition, we will have to close at 6:30 PM every day and phone calls after closing will be addressed the following business day unless it is an emergency.  We will still allow boards to be picked up on Sunday during hours that do not interfere with our weekly hiking excursion.

This week we are going to Cookson Hill Wildlife Refuge to hike the Bolin Bottom to Round Mountain trail.  This is going to be approximately a 4.5 mile hike in the woods in August so we will see how it goes as far as the bugs and humidity.

We have some wonderful new additions to our kennel including Nelson, Hardy, Sword, Daphne, Journey, and Serenity.  Tomorrow, I will discuss these German shepherd puppies and our high expectations for them.

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We currently have Wally and Walter, two male puppies left.  Both are wonderful puppies and Walter has developed in to quite the show prospect.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

Yellowstone Trip and Back to Blogging

Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge
Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Hi Everyone,

I have not posted in almost a month.  I am hoping to be able to post on more frequent basis.  Well, we returned and have recovered from our fabulous Yellowstone trip.  Were we did nine hikes out of 11 days in Yellowstone.  Our shortest hike was 3.5 miles and our longest 7.5 miles with most in the 5 mile range.  These were not flat strolls, but up and down the mountain hikes at approximately 7,500 to 8,500 feet elevation.  We returned very fit and very tired!

Bison Calve and Mom
Bison Calve and Mom
Mountain Pass Trail Called the Picnic Trail
Mountain Pass Trail Called the Picnic Trail

 

A badger on the Lost Lake Trail that Was Determined Not to Let Us Pass
A badger on the Lost Lake Trail that Was Determined Not to Let Us Pass

 

An Antelope on Another Mountain Pass Trail
An Antelope on Another Mountain Pass Trail

 

A Very Rare Close Encounter With A Rocky Mountain Sheep Ewe
A Very Rare Close Encounter With A Rocky Mountain Sheep Ewe

Upon our return, I had grass two to three feet high, which took me a week to mow because both mowers decided to repeatedly breakdown.  This week, the start of July, we will be spending time grooming and heart worming all our dogs.  Being the July 4 weekend we are also filled with boards, which are customer’s dogs that we are kenneling while customers are on vacation.  These are some of my excuses for not posting, but as promised, I will post more frequently.

We did miss our dogs in Yellowstone and many times while hiking, we wished that Grand Champion Kodi could have been with us.  However, given that there are wolves and grizzly bears in Yellowstone, it is far too dangerous for the wildlife and dogs to have them come into contact.  Even Service dogs in Yellowstone are limited to parking lots and hotels.

We have a wonderful new litter that will be ready to go home July 13, 2013.  This is both young parents first litter, but they have produced solid temperaments and big healthy puppies.  The dam Heidelberg’s Carlie is from Champion Oliver and the Sire Heidelberg’s Texoma is from Grand Champion Heidelberg’s Kodi.  Crossing Grand Champion Kodi with Champion Oliver lines has proved to be a good breeding and match. Look for these puppies to be posted with pricing on our web page sometime after July 6, 20013.  We are currently accepting deposits on this litter.

Sandy, Our Volunteer Holding a Male Puppy From the Carlie and Texoma Litter
Sandy, Our Volunteer Holding a Male Puppy From the Carlie and Texoma Litter

Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds