My relationship with these marvellous dogs, dates back to 1980. A friend of us Marios told us that a friend of his had just separated with his girlfriend and had to give away a nice GS puppy. We went to this house and it was impossible to leave without this fluffy puppy. We named him ALF. He grew up to one of the most beautiful, relatively blond GSDs I’ve ever seen, being at the same time kind, brave and extremely clean.
Η σχέση μου με αυτά τα υπέροχα σκυλιά χρονολογείται απο το 1980. Ο φίλος μας ο Μάριος μας είπε πως ένας φίλος του είχε μόλις χωρίσει με την κοπέλα του και ήθελε να δώσει ένα όμορφο κουτάβι λυκόσκυλο – προφανώς το είχε αγοράσει για την πρώην. Πήγαμε να το δούμε και ήταν αδύνατον να φύγουμε χωρίς να πάρουμε μαζί μας αυτό το φουντωτό κουτάβι. Το ονομάσαμε ΑΛΦ. Μεγαλώνοντας, έγεινε ο πιό όμορφος , αρκετά ξανθός Γερμανικός ποιμενικός παλαιού τύπου που έχω δεί, όντας ταυτόχρονα καλός, θαρραλέος και ιδιαίτερα καθαρός.
In 1984, our friend Dimitris D. was forced to stay for long periods in the USA, so we proposed him to bring his beauty TOSCA (Bella). We couldn’t have hoped for a better bride for Alf, and in the picture below you cas see her pregnant just a month before giving birth to a litter of 9. Unfortunately Alf was no longer alive due to Kala-azar and to the the totaly unsupportive behaviour of a vet.
Το 1984, ο φίλος μας Δημήτρης Δ. χρειάστηκε να πάει γιά μεγάλο διάστημα στις ΗΠΑ γιά δουλιές κι έτσι του προτείναμε να μας εμπιστευτεί την όμορφή του ΤΟΣΚΑ (Μπέλλα). Δε θα μπορούσαμε να φανταστούμε ιδανικότερη σύντροφο γιά τον Αλφ και στην φωτο απο κάτω τη βλέπετε έγκυο, ένα μήνα πρίν γεννήσει 9 κουτάβια. Δυστυχώς ο Αλφ δεν ζούσε πιά εξαιτίας του Καλα-αζάρ και της ανεκδιήγητης συμπεριφοράς του κτηνιάτρου .
As Dimitris would claim back his Bella upon his return, we decided to keep the male puppy you see below, baby ARGOS.
Μιά κιο Δημήτρης επιστρέφοντας θα μας έπαιρνε την Τόσκα, αποφασίσαμε να κρατήσουμε το κουτάβι που βλέπετε από κάτω και που ονομάσαμε ΑΡΓΟ.
Long haired German shepherds part 2 – ARGOS, SAN, LARA, WOLF & ZAO
At the age of 4 years , his duties were extended to the baby sitting of our newborn twins, which actually grew up with a GSD nanny.
When he died unexpectedly from a heart attack, we started looking in vain for off springs of his brothers & sisters. Realizing it was impossible to have a dog of the same family, we asked for long haired GSDs from Greek breeders, who although we knew they often had such puppies, they all replied negatively as such an admittance would possibly degrade them according to the FCI standard. We then asked George Apostolakos who was importing show GSDs to find a male puppy for us and started waiting. Time was passing without news, so one day, passing from George’s premises, we saw a club of Chow-Chow puppies. We had never seen before puppies of this breed and we were fascinated by those mini bears. We left with jet black male we named Anouar, who soon proved to be a good companion. 8 months later, Apostolakos informed us the expected puppy had arrived from the Czech Republic. Without much thought, we acquired San, who became the longest haired GSD we have ever had till even today.
Anouar the chow was short lived, because one year later busted having eaten 2 chickens and the rooster of our farm.
One year later we decided to get a female puppy to couple San. The candidate came from Yugoslavia accompanied by a female dachshund puppy for our friends George & Ada and their 3 daughters, who named her Bonnie.
We called our new dog Lara, but she was not meant to breed with San. Unfortunately San was diagnosed with leukemia and died 3 months later. This time I researched and came up with some German breeders of the OLD GSD dogs. The bich that attracted my interest was She-Ra of Schlob Bladenhorst and I managed to reserve a male puppy from her final (due to age) breeding. I picked myself the dog from Anke Wundrock the lady breeder, and although the puppy was too small I decided to go ahead as this was the only chance to have a She-Ra outspring.
We called him Samson (male, strong & longhaired), but after a while our kids changed it to Wolf. He has a playful & restless character, and although he did not grow to the desired large size, he is an excellent guard. When he barks, there is definitely a reason …
LUPO was adopted by Thanos & Tania
PLUTO “ “ “ Dieter & Kallia
JULIA “ “ “ Costas & Vera
HERA “ “ “ Michalis
BRODIE “ “ “ Andonis
GRACE “ “ “ Gerasimos