Zeus was born on July 29, 2003. His breeder was a dog handler with the Michigan State Police. Zeus is a descendant of a very strong bloodline, his father, Hans, and his grand-father, Dondo, were both “working dogs” with the Michigan State Police and his mother, Tara, was sired by Dondo.
I brought Zeus home on October 31, 2003, at which time I had very little knowledge about how to handle dogs in general, not to mention a breed like the German Shepherd. In the beginning I believed Zeus was a troubled puppy and there were several times when I considered returning him to the breeder, but in reality Zeus wasn’t the problem, my lack of knowledge was. Zeus was only displaying behavior that is typical of a young dog that hasn’t received any training. The first thing I had to do to help fix his issues was to get trained myself on how to teach him the basic obedience he needed.
I started by taking a basic K-9 obedience class and quickly learned that I enjoyed training with him, which is when I found that Zeus had great potential of becoming a very strong “working dog” himself. Over the years Zeus and I have attended numerous schools and seminars, throughout the country and we have learned to work together as a team, with me being the team leader, of course.
With much training and hard work Zeus did eventually become a solid “working dog”, he is certified in K-9 obedience, tracking and cadaver recovery, both on land and in the water, and he has worked on multiple cases with various law-enforcement agencies. Zeus is now over ten years old and due to his age and physical limitations he was retired from working in 2013.
Currently Zeus is experiencing some difficulty getting around because he has arthritis in his hips and spine, but he gives all appearances that he is of sound mind and he seems to be happy in retirement.
Maggie came into my life almost six years ago, when I was hired by her owners, of that time, to teach her basic obedience. Maggie was an untrained dog, who had already been adopted by several other families and she eventually proved to be “too much” to handle for her then adopted family. I was informed by my clients that Maggie was again going to be returned to the animal shelter she came from, which is when I learned that if she was returned she may be euthanized, due to her being considered unadoptable, it was then that I decided to adopt her myself.
Maggie’s exact date of birth is unknown, but it has been estimated that she was born April 1, 2007, so she is almost seven years old. This means that when I brought her home in 2008 she was a little over a year old. When Maggie first arrived to my home she displayed many behavioral problems, to include; urinating indoors, chewing carpets, running away and not coming back when called, marking areas within my home and food aggression. As you can imagine Maggie was a “handful” and I had my work “cut out” for me. Through consistent training and patience I learned Maggie was actually a very good dog who was only in need of someone willing to provide her proper guidance.
Maggie and I have since attended numerous schools and seminars together, to include; K-9 obedience, learning how to do dog tricks and trailing (search and rescue). Maggie proved herself to be a dog with much potential and she has consistently demonstrated great skill in the areas of agility, obedience work, nose work and tracking. Her tracking skills eventually earned her a certification in trailing, which she has put to use as a search and rescue dog.
Since becoming a certified search and rescue dog Maggie has worked together with a number of law-enforcement agencies throughout Michigan on cases involving missing persons. Maggie is currently an active “working dog”, training and waiting to be called on if needed for a search and rescue detail. She is also involved in the Pet-A-Pet program and can visit senior citizens to bring them a little happiness. Presently Maggie shows no signs of slowing down and she is expected to remain active for several more years.