New Member and Standard owner

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offroadhamster
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First Name: BRIAN

New Member and Standard owner

Post by offroadhamster » 03 Dec 2018, 17:03

Seems we dont have many Schnauzer Enthusiasts in the US, particularly not Standard enthusiasts...So here I am.

When I was a bachelor I rescued a Plott hound (which is a largish american developed hound bread to hunt big game like boar, bear and large cats). In January of this year we lost California Duke, my best friend of 12 years, fearless guardian of my wife, kids and home, hiking partner, chaser of coyotes, catcher of bob-cats, subduer of raccoons. A dog who stood down a an early spring bear over his indignation at it rummaging through my backpack. Who slept at the foot of my daughters crip, sat quietly while the neighborhood kids pulled on his ears and tail, and rested his nose next to me on the bed when I was sick, sleeping in a sitting position.

Duke was a once in a lifetime dog, the one you get as a bachelor and devote all of your time to, and as a consequence becomes your tireless and completely devoted companion. Until you meet a girl..ha!...at which point he decides he has someone more important to protect and you become chopped liver. He used to quietly get up and follow my wife to the bathroom when we were camping and stand watch. The instincts of a good dog are amazing. I will certainly always miss him.

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We recently welcomed a 9wk old Standard into our house after much breed deliberation. Duke drooled, was close to 90lbs, and shed everywhere. But he was exceptionally smart, always welcomed friends to our home, and stood fast against anyone who was not welcome. We wanted another dog, but one that was slightly smaller, shed less, and didnt drool, but still was active, intelligent and fearless. Our short list was Boxer, Standard, Akita Inu, and Doberman. The akita was too much of a shedding nightmare and the Doberman was potentially too large. We made some friends who had a male Standard and after meeting him I was sold. My wife took some convincing (she didnt like the beard) but after promising to keep the dog well groomed she caved.

We had to wait a bit for a litter given the rarity of the Standard here. And I had to take a 750 mile drive to get her, but Our friends dog's brother is the sire and the bitch is CH Hanlon Isabella Bird RATN a beautiful well tempered girl.

This is Vorberg Unsinkable Molly Brown

They day I brought her home
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A couple weeks later after removal of a lot of puppy hair, 5 lbs heavier and sporting a lot of leg
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We are looking forward to watching her insinuate into the family. So far she appears to be a very smart dog with a LOT of personality.

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Schnauzer Sam
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Re: New Member and Standard owner

Post by Schnauzer Sam » 03 Dec 2018, 17:15

Welcome to the forum Brian.

She looks adorable and I look forward to seeing plenty of pics and read of her progress as I know very little about standard schnauzers. Given her kennel name; do you call her Molly?
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Oscar 12345
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Re: New Member and Standard owner

Post by Oscar 12345 » 03 Dec 2018, 17:41

Goodness, what a great story of Duke. You should write a book...

My story of both my mini schnauzers would read something like, chaser of squirrels, catcher of spiders, subduer of pigeons . A dog who stood down a seagull over his indignation at it rummaging in a bin at Lyme Regis.... not quite the same really but all masterly done. :)

Welcome to the forum and thank you for sending lovely photos of your latest family member. A terrific kennel name too.
Every snack you make
Every meal you bake
Every bite you take
He'll be watching you......

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mikegoodson1
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Re: New Member and Standard owner

Post by mikegoodson1 » 03 Dec 2018, 22:07

Wow! I don't mind telling you that your story of Duke brought a tear to my eye, such beautiful words and obviously a special dog, I'm so sorry for your loss - he looked magnificent.

I hope you create just as many special memories with your Schnauzer puppy.

Looking forward to hearing how she gets on and obviously more pics :)

offroadhamster
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Re: New Member and Standard owner

Post by offroadhamster » 05 Dec 2018, 04:55

Thank you for the welcomes. We do call her Molly, though I am calling her the Mauler at the moment. She learned quickly not to chew on me, still applying the lesson to the kids and shoes.

Just here to absorb and lean on the collective wisdom of the board.

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