VON BARRENBERG GERMAN SHEPHERDS, DDR, EAST GERMAN SHEPHERD BLOOD CROSSED WITH SMALL AMOUNT OF OLD CZECH
and SLOVAC !!
GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES AVAILABLE, BLACK and TAN, SABLES, OCCASIONALLY SOLID
BLACK GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES .LOCATED IN IPSWICH, MASSACHUSETTS, BOSTON AREA,
NEW ENGLAND .
BREEDING OBJECTIVE TO PRODUCE FAMILY COMPANIONS, PERSONAL
ASSISTANCE, WORKING DOGS
|Colorado , Bonnie ,bomb squad k-9 actors, with Jeff Bridges
Von BarrenBerg GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS, Colorado
and Bonnie, acted in Hollywood movie "Blown Away", as bomb squad dogs, starring Jeff Bridges
and Tommy Lee Jones, filmed in BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. Bonnie was founder of
Von BarrenBerg German Shepherd Dog breeding program, Colorado was Bonnies daughter
|Colorado and Bonnie, on right, founder of breeding program
(The original Bonnie ,at 1 yr.old, accompanying Linda while conditioning
2 saddlebreds, Jay & Boss, under the watch of trainer Woody Follett, on Edge Wood Farm in N. Andover, Ma. in the fall
Helping to preserve the DDR (East German) dog, has
become a very important part of my life. I would like to share with you just how and why the DDR dog has won my heart.
I have been rehabilitating and training dogs for 25 years. The first "problem dog" was sent to me when I
was 18. In 1987, I decided to look for a quality dog, one I could train and show for my own pleasure. The German Shepherd
dog always had impressed me, so the search started. Having a good eye for animals, I knew what I wanted, but quickly became
more and more discouraged with what I was finding. I didn't take long to knock the American show dog off the list, for to
me the physical structure and the character trait of lack of courage were not very appealing. I knew I wanted a dog with versatility-one
that could be trained in different areas, such as TDI (Therapy Dog International) and protection! The German-bred dogs were
the ones to look at, but still, something wasn't right. In some cases the drive was too high, even when we weren't working.
In addition, I still had a certain quality of bone structure and overall character traits that I was looking for.
After a long search, I was beginning to think the dog I had pictured in my mind had been lost due to changes in breeding
programs over the years.
Then one night while reading the Want Ads, I came across an ad that caught my eye. It
was the first time I had heard a DDR shepherd dog ever mentioned. The father was a DDR Sch III, and the mother, a West German
Sch I, farm-raised and bred for quality, companionship, and temperament. I will never forget the dark, rainy night I drove
out to western Massachusetts to look at the dogs. My search was over! The adults had that unmistakably friendly eye as well
as the strong bone and head structure I had been looking for.
This is where my beloved "Bonnie" picked
me out. Little did I know then how much she would change my life! She was her father's daughter in every way, a masculine
female with a sound temperament. She went on to teach me the characteristics so common to the DDR dog: an ideal companion
dog for inside the house, as well as a great traveling companion, excited about activities such as camping, mountain climbing,
Although an extremely obedient and dedicated companion, I was
to learn over the years that performance obedience for showing was not easily achieved. I always told people, "She knows
there is no reason to walk circles in a ring!" After her C.D. (Companion Dog) which, with a lot of work, she scored in
the 190's, we stuck to things we could both enjoy! This included things like TDI, protection training, tracking, and even
some big Hollywood movies!
Over the years I was fortunate enough to meet Teri Townsend, and together with
her fine DDR stock, including the late Klokows Lex, Bonnie has produced outstanding sons, daughters, and grandchildren, with
high levels of quality DDR blood. They have made many parents and children very happy. They have also have become search and
rescue dogs, police dogs, and even sledding dogs!
Bonnie past away in 2001, people visit her family here regularly.
They always speak for themselves! Even show breeders who have never heard of the DDR shepherd have come to visit, and leave
wanting one of the dogs for companionship!
I strongly believe it would be a very sad day for the German Shepherd
dog if the DDR blood is not preserved. I am extremely grateful that of all the dogs I have owned and trained, God brought
Bonnie into my life, which opened my eyes to this unique DDR dog whose line I take great pride and pleasure in helping to
This story was written by Linda in 2002. Unfortunatly, Bonnie is no longer with us. She
has however left us with a great line of DDR quality progeny.