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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. 

 

"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 mind. She was a 12-year-old girl who from a very young age generally smothered our non-compliant Shih Tzu (LOL!), hung out with our family German shepherd for hours upon end, and persistently worked to get her hands on any form of dog possible.

 

So the research began, the Chick-fil-A job was obtained to save that money, and...

the journey began

 

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, we found... Platon z Jirkova Dvora (Rone)-An amazing, attentive, interactive, little fluff ball German shepherd imported straight from the Czech Republic. 

 

Rone would become our joy and sadness all in one

 

The purchase of Rone came with our first introduction to the sport of IGP/Schutzhund (Obedience, Tracking & Protection work). In order to obtain breeding rights to Rone, the contractual requirement was put in place to obtain a BH and IGP1 (IPO1) title. We agreed to set the course for this goal as a family, and the adventure began.

 

A FUNNY SIDENOTE: So we thought, "Sure, NO Problem, we can all learn about the sport of IGP/Schutzhund; we are dedicated people. Megan has a natural love for dogs. As a matter of fact, we all love dogs. We aren't afraid of a "little IGP" work!"....LOLOLOLOL!  Those of you who have trained/competed in this sport understand the absolute hilarity of this thinking! 

 

So, 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 IGP/Schutzhund sport through reading, videos, blogs, websites, and private training; really, anything that she could get her hands on. And we, Greg and Janie Clouse, began our new life of "The Road Trip Dog Mobile Life"...LOL!

 

Our Heartbreak

 

The moment came for Rone to have (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 a thousand + 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. We all refused to set aside our dreams despite some of the heartbreaks and adversities that have been experienced along this journey. It was still important for Megan to finish the goal that she originally committed to with Rone regardless of the fact that Rone would never get to be part of our breeding program. 

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they did it!!!

november 23, 2019

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Megan & rone IGP1 trial pictures

epilogue

accomplishments

 

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 IGP/Schutzhund with him as her constant, enthusiastic, companion learning right along with her.  

As a family, we are learning to accept God's plan for this journey and continue to encourage one another and accept the inevitable hardships that will come but move forward to the next part of the journey with thankfulness. This journey has been an unexpected adventure with its ups and downs, but we would not trade Rone for anything.  Big Goof Ball!

 

“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”

(Romans 8:28).

 

Pressing On!

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