I haven’t blogged in a long time.  However, after cyber-attacks to our web page, email, and social media our business at keystonegermanshepherds.com is at risk of closing.  And, these beautiful Heidelberg’s will be lost forever. 

Nobody in the world is breeding pure Heidelberg’s German Shepherds except for us, Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels.  My intent with starting blogging again is multifaceted, but the most pressing reason is to save our kennel and these wonderful shepherd lines. In deciding what to write, I started thinking about “The Old Man and the Sea”, a book I read several times as a teenager and I haven’t given it much thought since then.  However, the love that “We” (our customers and us) have for these dogs inspired me to understand what that book was really about.

Ernest Hemmingway was writing an autobiographical story about the lost love of his life.  The one that got away.  If you haven’t read the book, read it after reading this.  Also, I’m doing this from 37-year-old memories and I’m not fact-checking so please be kind.  Old Santiago is fishing for the love of his life.  He hooks a great blue Marlin, the largest fish Santiago can remember anybody catching even from when he was a young boy.  ‘The Great Prize’ represents the woman that Hemmingway loved.  Santiago spent endless straining hours fighting this great fish, he had to possess it and claim it as his own.  The battle with the fish represents Hemmingway and his lover’s courtship.

The reason he wrote in such short concise and precise sentences is because that is the language of love and lovemaking.  Santiago catches his great prize and fastens her to the skip, but in possessing her Santiago begins to corrupt her spirit.  The pack of attacking sharks rip away the valuable flesh of this great fish.  Santiago returns to his hut after suffering a heart attack with only the skeleton of his great fish tied to the skiff, he lays down on his blanket in the floor of his hut and falls asleep.  Likewise, Hemmingway returned home with a broken heart after losing the only true love of his life.  The book ends with ‘Santiago dreaming of elephants’.  Santiago wasn’t defeated or broken, and he would have another conquest.  Unfortunately, I believe Hemmingway was defeated and this loss may have resulted in his suicide.

Likewise, we have a great prize here at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels, the love of our collective lives, the world’s best temperament and aesthetically pleasing German Shepherds, the Heidelberg German Shepherd.  Thank you to all our friends that own or have owned and love our dogs.  Please help us keep this dream alive, if you are thinking of buying a puppy or dog from us, please don’t wait.  We need your support now.  We haven’t decided on a date in which we will close down, but it will only be a couple of months unless we have your support.  Please visit us at keystonegermanshepherds.com


  1. linda carriger

    each of us has a destiny from God. only pleasing Him is important. my god from you is changing people’s minds about German Shepherds. she is sound, body and mind. protective only when necessary, loving with people. we need sound Shepherds. God bless you.

    • Spencer

      Thank you!


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