January 2018 Schaferhunde News

The Schaferhunde News

 The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City

Founded 1923

Officers and Board Members – 2018

Chris Kimerer  -  President, Debbie McHenry  -  Vice President

Mike Kennedy  -  Treasurer, Amy Edwards  -  Secretary

Board of Directors:

Sally Hamm, Lynette Stone, Nancy Kennedy, Susan Hunt

Please consider volunteering to serve as a Committee chair or assist on a committee. Contact any of the above people if you are willing to help.

We had a great turn out for the January meeting.  Ray and Betty Laughlin provided chili and several members brought an assortment of desserts. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the meal.


2018 Tracking Trials

The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City, held Tracking Trials on January 14, 2018. Rosi Von Fintel and Cheryl May shared the following:

Our club just completed yet another successful tracking test. We had 2 TD and 5 TDX tracks available resulting in 1 TD & 1 TDX dog team celebrating their new titles after completion of their tracks. We thank our judges Ken Barna and Jeanne Ramirez who also donated her judges fee to the club.

The reason everything ran so smoothly was because of the efforts of the following volunteers:

Sally Hamm, Chris Kimerer, Amy Edwards, Debbie McHenry, Nancy & Mike Kennedy, Cindy Hartman, Susan Hunt, Lynette Stone, Ray and Betty Laughlin, Megan Marmon, Aaron Stasiale, Neida Heusinkvelt,

Jan Winner, Nancy Parson-Wright, Karen Shawhan & Rosi v.Fintel.

Special mention to Ray and Betty who donated a wonderful lunch for the judges and helpers on Saturday.

For Ray it was the 1st time that he plotted a TDX track and for Megan and Aaron TDX cross-tracks respectively. Great for the sport to attract members who have never done anything like this before and by all accounts, they all had a good time.

Submitted by Rosi v.Fintel

It was brutally cold with a biting, strong wind and snow flurries. We only had two qualifiers and neither was a club member. Our Darcy Seeger was entered for a TDX and the team did really well until the dog went for the cross track and was whistled off. Hopefully they will pass next time.

The TDX qualifier was Belgian Tervuren Ch. BlackFyre Tarragon Optical Illusion TDX HT, call name Lexy, owned and trained by Sharon Redmer. Lexy is 2 years old and is Sharon's 2nd TDX and her 4th TD. Sharon is her breeder and also owns Lexy's father, who was first alternate in Sunday's test. 

The TD pass was Sheltie Postscript Ewe Herd Me Right, BN, RI, PCD, HSAs, STDs, TD, CGC - call name Lola, owned and trained by Sandy Burns. Lola just turned 2 years old, and is Sandy's second TD dog. Sandy says Lola LOVES tracking, herding, obedience and loves to work! Lola’s father and grandmother both have TD’s, and breeder Pat Sorrels is working on getting her dam's TD as well.

Neida Heusinkvelt was the tracklayer for the TD pass *and* was a cross-tracklayer along with Aaron Stasiale the passing TDX track. Tracklayer for the passing TDX was Rosi Von Fintel.

Submitted by Cheryl May

Photos provided by Cheryl May

Mark your calendar!
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018, General Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Comfort Inn, 7300 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, Mo.  The Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend the board meeting.
  • 2018 Annual Specialties & Temperament Test

Friday, June 8th, 2018
4-6 Month Beg. Puppy & Breed:  Bo Vujovich
Junior Showmanship:  TBD

Saturday, June 9th, 2018
4-6 Month Beg. Puppy & Breed:  Bobbie Kindy
Junior Showmanship:  Herman “Butch” Stiefferman
Temperament Test:  Butch Stiefferman & TBD

Event# 2018009346, Entries Close Wed. May 23, 2018- 2:00PM Central Time

 Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Judge:  Kathy Potter

 Site: Smiths Fork Park 1610 Route DD, Smithville, MO 64089

Chair: Chris Kimerer tanbarkgs@yahoo.com 816-678-8216

Specialty Show Official Sponsor 

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Training in the Park - Six Sessions

Training opportunities will once again be offered this year.  The following dates have been established.

Details will follow as the classes and instructors are firmed up.

  • April 12
  • April 19
  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17


The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City is offering the Temperament Test on Saturday, June 9, 2018. You have three months to get your dog ready.  Let’s have a good turn out for this important event.

Source: German Shepherd Dog Club of America,  www.gsdca.org

Purpose & Objectives of the Temperament Test

This article lists the objectives of the exercises in the GSDCA Temperament Test, their objectives, and a brief summation of each exercise. This should be reviewed not only by the handlers but also by the club helpers for each one of the stations.

Behavior Toward Strangers: objective to measure the dog’s reaction to strangers in a non-threatening situation.

Neutral Stranger:   This test is to simulate a typical street situation. The stranger will carry on a conversation with you, but will not make overtures to the dog. 

Friendly Stranger:   The stranger will make overtures to the dog and will touch the dog and hander as well.

Reaction to Aural Stimuli (Noise): objective to measure alertness to aural stimuli and the degree of investigative behavior toward the stimuli.

Can-rattling:   After the rattling begins, the dog is allowed to approach the blind to investigate the source of the noise. As the dog comes around the blind to discover the source of the noise and investigate the can, the dog is given 20 seconds to make a close inspection. DOG MAY BE ENCOURAGED by the using phrases like “what’s that?” or “find it”.

Gun Test:   If the dog turns and/or moves toward the sound when the gun is shot, the handler may follow. The dog may be encouraged as in the can-rattling test.

Reaction to Visual Stimuli: objective to measure the dog’s reaction to sudden visual stimuli, degree of investigative behavior and startle recovery.

Umbrella Test:   Handler and dog proceed toward the assistant sitting and when the dog is about 3’ (no closer) from the tip of the umbrella, it will be opened directly toward the dog. The open umbrella is then lowered and rested on the ground while the assistant retains the handle in his hand. He dog is allowed to move forward (with encouragement if necessary) to investigate the umbrella. It is the recovery that is judged.

Footing Test: objective to measure the dog’s reaction to unusual footing.

Footing Test:   Handler and dog approach a strip of polyethylene and proceed directly across an exercise pen laid flat on the ground.

Aggressive Stranger: objective to measure the dog’s capacity to recognize and react in a positive, guarding manner to a potentially threatening situation and, in the event of a threat, to react in an aggressive, confident manner.

Self-protective/Aggressive Reaction:   this has three parts; the entrance of the stranger, the strangers approach to the dog and handler, and the threatening gestures by the “weird stranger”. The dog’s reaction to each is assessed and, if a positive response, the helper will proceed.


The GSDCGKC is pleased to welcome Darcy Seeger as a new member of the Club.

Darcy is no stranger to the breed. She brings to the club her expertise and vast knowledge. We are honored to have her join us. Take time to introduce yourself to Darcy and welcome her to the club.


After a long recess, I am happy to offer tracking classes at the Smithville Lake area beginning this spring.

Classes are either private or semi/private and scheduled around your availability weekly or biweekly, depending on your progress.

The cost is $120.00 and will cover all classes required until passing the Certification Test.  A 10% discount is offered to club members.

To date 2 CT & 7 TD/TDX titles

Rosi v.Fintel


Source: German Shepherd Dog Club of America,   www.gsdca.org

When you talk to breeders about their puppies, there are a few warning signs that you may be dealing with a disreputable, unethical, or irresponsible breeder:

  •  The "breeder" lacks knowledge about the breed and the Breed Standard·  
  • The "breeder" shows ignorance or denial of genetic defects in the breed.       
  •  The "breeder" has no involvement in dog sports
  • The "breeder" doesn't let you observe the puppies or adults. (Since homeowners’ insurance and local laws vary greatly, a refusal to let you visit the kennels may not, in and of itself, be a bad sign. You should ask for and receive a satisfactory explanation.)
  • The "breeder" doesn't ask any questions about you, your family, lifestyle or accommodations for a dog.
  • The "breeder" has no documentation of health testing and cannot provide a pedigree.
  • The puppies are not social or look sickly.

In Loving Memory

Marde’s Ali Mack UDX2 OM2 VER RE TDX TC

September 28, 2006- January 17, 2018

Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our beautiful girl, Ali. She came to us as an “owner surrendered” rescue when she was 18 months. Her previous owners had told the rescue that she was “uncontrollable” and I knew right away that she was going to be ours.

Upon meeting our older rescue male GSD, Max, she tried to bite his face…so we had a conversation right there and then that we don’t act like that in our house. She never tried it again and they remained the best buddies from that day.

Ali always pushed me to be a better trainer; she challenged me and questioned me every day. Her work ethic was incredible, she loved to figure out the “game” and wanted more. Her favorite game was tracking. She knew it was a tracking day when we loaded the car and she would “sing” all the way to the park. Her TDX test track was on a snowy, cold February day at Smithville Lake. There was new snow on the ground that morning…a tracking dream! Ali took off like a shot at the start and ran down the first leg and hit the first corner pulling hard…I was thrilled as she was right in the footsteps of the track layer. All of a sudden, she pulled a hard right-turn and ran 20 yards into fresh untouched snow; she stuck her nose in the snow and came up with a blue sock! Someone from who knows when had lost an article but Ali was able to find it and she came running back to me flipping it in the air with joy! The judges were as surprised as me, but I knew that we had more track to get through and other articles to find! She finished her track that day with a pass!

Her friends were friends for life, she never allowed anyone to spend the night at our house until she had checked to make sure all were tucked in where they were supposed to be. She took her job of babysitter to our grandchildren very seriously and would entertain them for hours retrieving toys for them. Ali chose her dog friends very carefully too, she loved showing with Sally Hamm’s Kona in Open and Utility Classes. As we pursued the PHD of dog obedience, the Utility Dog Excellent title, we spent hours with our friends Lisa and her gorgeous Rotweiller, CH Lorenz, as well as Rosi with her whip smart GSD, Maya.

 All great dogs and all at the Rainbow Bridge now. It’s never easy to let a loved one go, but her time here was becoming too painful and so we had to make the last loving decision for her. Run free my sweet, naughty girl…until I see you on the bridge.

Mark and Debbie McHenry

142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show /

Monday, February 12 & Tuesday, February 13

On February 12th and 13th, top dogs from around the world will venture to New York City to compete for the coveted title of Best in Show.


Sunday, February 11th, 2018 Channel Finder

2pm – 4:30pmcEastern Time

The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Finals will air on FOX

8pm – 10pm Eastern Time

The Road to Westminster will air on NAT GEO WILD. Take a behind-the-scenes look at dog show exhibitors on their journey to Westminster
-TV: Nat Geo Wild

  Monday, February 12th, 2018

8:30am-5pm Eastern Time

Breed judging, Junior Showmanship Preliminaries and Masters Obedience Championship (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Breeds).
-Live Stream 10 rings for FREE on WKC website and FOX Sports GO. No TV provider login needed.

1pm-4pm Eastern Time

Selected live coverage of Breed judging(Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Breeds) and Masters Obedience Championship
-TV: Nat Geo Wild

8pm-11pm Eastern Time

Dog Show Group competitions (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Breeds). LIVE on FS1.
-TV: FS1
-Live Stream on FOX Sports GO with TV provider login.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

8:00am-4pmEastern Time

Breed judging and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries(Sporting, Working and Terrier Breeds).
-Live Stream 10 rings for FREE on WKC website and FOX Sports GO. No TV provider login needed.

1pm-4pm Eastern Time

Selected live coverage of Breed judging (Sporting, Working and Terrier Breeds) and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries.
-TV: Nat Geo Wild

8pm-11pm Eastern Time

Dog Show Group competitions (Sporting, Working and Terrier Breeds). Best in Show. LIVE on FS1.
-TV: FS1
-Live Stream on FOX Sports GO with TV provider login.