We purchased our first German Shepherd puppy, Baron von Ruger, in 1960 for $10.00. He was a small 65 pound, black and tan male whose ear tips never quite stood up straight. But never the less, he got us hooked on the German Shepherd breed. By 1963 Jim had trained and shown Baron at AKC Trials to a CD, CDX and a UD degree.
They won many classes and Highest Scoring Dog in Trial trophies at both specialty and all-breed trials, defeating hundreds of dogs, scoring 199++ out of 200 possible points. Not bad for a $10 investment! Baron also was a dynamo in personal protection work and Jim became an assistant trainer to local Police Dog trainer Heinz Peters. In 1961 Julie bought her first GSD and trained him through a CDX degree, winning a few trophies along the way. We then bought our first “good” GSD, a female out of German import bloodlines, and Wenatchee German Shepherds was begun. Julie trained Alcina in both obedience and protection work and she won a few conformation ribbons also. Our first litter was whelped in 1967.