Foxfire Kennels

 

Marko Gluckstag

April 1, 2003 marked the passing of our Marko at the age of 14. He was the son of Alf Stoffelblick and our female Fiona vom Holstentor. While never titled past the Begleithunde, he taught me and a number of beginning helpers what it was to work a good, solid , hard biting dog. We also used him many times to let rank amateurs "take a bite" just for the hell of it.

He also taught a couple of helpers that it is not always safe to drop the sleeve, expecting the dog to carry it around like a toy.

That was, admittedly, a few years ago ..such behavior is no longer considered "acceptable " in some training circles. The opposite is true in our "training circle", however. We still believe that Schutzhund is not for sport only and serves best as a breeding tool when it is not treated as such.

We'll miss Marko, but he had a good , long working life. We'll probably never have another one as good...but then , who knows, we might.

Utz vom Gluckstag

We lost another of our favorite, home bred dogs in 2006. Utzy died of complications from an Pasteurella infection which we believe he contracted from an encounter with a cat. Utz was not your average sleeve dog, he represented what we like most in a dog, fighting spirit and a willingness to bring the fight to any encounter. We miss him terribly especailly on training day. Unlike Marko, he didn't have a chance to live a long life and achieve what he was capable of..he was 4 years old.

I keep these "memorials" on the site because these are probably the last two good dogs Betty and I have had and both were home bred. They may well be the last we will ever have.

 

Training

Unfortunately, we are dissolving the Southern Tier Schutzund club. As our membership dwindled it became too expensive to host an annual IPO trial in order to maintain our club status. We had a pretty good run of 18 years, putting on 18 trials in that time, but times and interests change. So be it.

We will continue to train weekly and anyone interested in training with us is encouraged to come visit and see how we do it. You will not be ignored and we will do our best for you and your dog. We have no formal evaluation proceedure. If we like you you can join . We don't care what kind or quality of dog you have, if you want to train it, we will do what we can and we'll have some fun doing it. We want training to be fun for the dog and fun for the owner , our training methods reflect this .

For more info contact Jim Baldwin 607-257-1683 E Mail Dog Training

 

 

 

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