Archive for Musings

Why?

Today I received two separate messages from two puppy owners. They reminded me, WHY we do what we do.

“They do it for the money,” say the ignorant and the haters. Yes, THAT’S IT! I think as I check my bank balance. It’s NOT very high. I’m happy if it’s not in the overdraft!

I tell people all the time, our kennel name “Leidenschaft” is the German word for PASSION, not bank account.

So what keeps us going through the failed AI matings, the false pregnancies, the silent heats, the 2-year-old stud-to-be who fails a health test and needs to be rehomed…

What keeps us going through the anxious moments of the first few days of a litter? Carefully checking weight gains, watching the little ones get time on a teat… What keeps us going when government regulations thwart us at every turn, and one airline’s rules are not the same as the next? What keeps us going when the haters hate, and the ignorant believe?

Rogue vom Klingsgarten BH with our K-litter. 9 females, 2 males. Born November 30, 2017

Rogue vom Klingsgarten BH with our K-litter. 9 females, 2 males. Born November 30, 2017

The Lovers! That’s what. The ones who message us with their new puppy’s first EVERYTHING! The ones who send us photos, and video clips, and private messages that say: “Sorry to gush so much, but really we’re over the moon!” To which I immediately replied, “Gush away! It helps us through those sleepless nights.”

We are breeders, and as such, we appreciate the breeders who entrust us with THEIR offspring. We do our best with their puppies, nurturing them, training them, bringing them up in a happy, healthy environment, so that they may go on to be the parents of the next generations of Leidenschaft puppies.

It’s not easy, it’s not cheap; sometimes it’s downright heartbreaking. So here’s to the Lovers. You know who you are, and you are deeply appreciated.

Our Amazing Giants!

Along with being amazing companion dogs for dozens of people over the years, Leidenschaft Giant Schnauzers have achieved distinction in many walks of life.
Many of our offspring have earned Schutzhund/IPO titles, many have topped the Flyball charts, with our kennel boasting 6 of the top 10 in North America! Several have become therapy dogs, visiting folks in the hospitals. One particular Giant, Chevy von der Leidenschaft, juggled an impressive Flyball career while being a mobility assistance dog to her owner. 


Of course I’d be lying if I denied our greatest pride is that our kennel busted past the GSD/Malinois mind set of most police organizations with Hugo von der Leidenschaft, AKA #psdtyr We owe his handler Chad a great deal, as he persisted both with the training and the campaigning for Tyr to be accepted. That said, NO dog becomes a police dog without courage and drives! 


Ron and I would like to thank the many current and past owners of our offspring for providing them with great homes, and flexing their special talents. We’ve had a few missteps over the years, but for the most part we’ve done well with matching the temperament of the puppies with the requirements of the homes.
We also thank Rolf Waßmuth for trusting us with his bloodlines! His is our foundation.

We are looking forward to providing great puppies from this litter and litters to come. A puppy is an open book where you get to write the story. 

K-litter von der Leidenschaft at 10 days old.

K-litter von der Leidenschaft at 10 days old.