A Dream and A Promise
rone was the first step to building a foundation of training and offspring for our business...but little Rone puppies were never to be...
“Here’s the deal,” said the dad to the 12-year-old girl, who from the time that she was two years old, had always had a room full of stuffed animals; carried, dressed, and generally smothered our Shih Tzu ; and worked to get her hands on any form of dog that she could.
"If you save half of the cost of the dog that you would like to purchase, I will match that amount.” That was absolutely already done in Megan’s, the 12-year-old girl’s, mind when she heard that. She began to research her favorite kinds of dogs and put her plan into action for achieving her part of the bargain. At the age of 14, she obtained her first job and began putting away her part of the cost.
As a family, we began to explore what arenas might be available for opportunities for Megan to learn, train, and compete in some sort of sport work with her dog. After much research, conversation, and thought, we collectively decided that adding a specifically bred, working-line German shepherd to our family would be the right choice for us.
Unknowingly, these events set the stage for our family to move down a path to becoming something we never imagined: a family business that would have the privilege of producing and training
our very own
Brave and Faithful K9s.
We were not totally unfamiliar with the amazing aspects of the breed since our family pets for the previous 20 years had always included these incredible canines. We had even chosen to allow one of our family German shepherds to have a one-time litter. We loved this experience and spent much of our time with our little fur balls. We had just never considered entering into the sport-work arena that is available or becoming professional breeders.
We finally found the puppy of all of our dreams...
after close to two years of researching and searching…Platon z Jirkova Dvora (Rone)-An amazing, attentive, interactive, little fluff ball German shepherd imported straight from the Czech Republic. Rone would become Megan’s joy and sadness all in one.
The purchase of Rone was really where Megan’s introduction to and love for training in the sport of Schutzhund/IGP (which was completely unfamiliar territory to any us) began to unfold. In order to obtain breeding rights to Rone, the contractual requirement was put in place to obtain BH and IGP1 (IPO1) titles. We agreed to set the course for this goal, and at the age of 14, Megan ordered her entire world around learning to take care of this new little puppy’s needs, train him in the basics of obedience, and relentlessly learn about the Schutzhund sport through reading, videos, blogs, websites, and private training; really, anything that she could get her hands on.
At the age of 2, we scheduled Rone for what we thought would be a routine hips and elbows exam. It was not routine at all. Our conversation of future plans and hopes for Rone and all that we would do with him were quieted and crushed when the veterinarian stepped into our room to inform us that Rone would NOT pass his hip exam; his left hip was mildly dysplastic. We were stunned. Tears immediately began to run down Megan’s face along with sobs on our 2 hour ride home. It was a devastating time for all of us. The questions of what the longevity of Rone’s joint health and comfort would be ran through all of our minds. The excruciating feeling of loss of the exciting dreams that had been in the process of developing for over 3 years, and the dedication to the hundreds and hundreds of hours of training that Megan had literally put her whole heart into-gone in a moment.
Learning to Persevere
Much was learned from this difficult time and healing has taken its place. Megan refuses to set aside her dreams despite some of the heartbreaks and adversities that she has experienced along this journey. It is now important to her to finish the goal that she originally committed to with Rone and is currently working toward obtaining Rone’s IGP1 (IPO1) title....
they did it!!!
november 23, 2019
Megan & rone IGP1 trial pictures
accomplishments Over the past 3+ years of training,
BFK9 Trainer/Handler Megan Clouse &
Platon z jrkova Dvora (Rone) cgc, bhx2, igp1
1. certification for Basic Obedience
2. Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification
(Two BH titles)
3. BH Title through the LV DVG America
4. BH Title through the United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA)
5. NEW!!!! IGP1
Rone will probably be the only dog that Megan will ever spend so much one-on-one time with. She has acquired valuable knowledge and many new skills for training in the sport of Schutzhund/IGP with him as her constant, enthusiastic, companion learning right along with her. This journey has been an unexpected adventure with its ups and downs, but Megan wouldn’t trade Rone for anything.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”