I had a very nice meeting with Elke and her Husband Michael. I was able to see Dahlia; she was a fireball. I was also able to see some training. Elke took out Nell and Amica (Mica) and Michael took out Pike. They all love to work. Mica is only 8 months old and hits a hard sleeve with a full mouth grip like she was born to do it. I guess she was. She shows a lot of passion growling and snarling at the helper while she crushes the sleeve. She was very impressive. Nell at six years old still has it. She is a full sister to Pike and Mother of Mica. Pike looked great. Physically he is a much better looking dog than even his picture shows. He is a dark grey/black sable. Michael has him under control but you can tell he is on the edge when he is working. He is a very passionate dog.
I was also able to see Barbel. She is a very good-looking female. Elke tells me she is a very responsive mother and the birthing went very easy.
Elke and Michael talked quite a bit about their breeding philosophy and the dogs they use in their breeding and why. They know their dogs and are breeding very good-looking dogs with extreme working ability, solid temperament with very good pigment. Both Elke and Michael obsess about what they do. That is always a good thing in a breeder. There is a lot of thought that goes into every decision to breed.
I will be picking up Dahlia tomorrow to take her home to America. I hope to keep Elke and Michael informed about her progress through this web site. Thanks Michael and Elke for all of your hospitality while my father and I were in Germany.