Some comments from owners of Shadow Valley pups ---
remember getting the email from Karen, "Echo is having her pups ..... "
Oh, the anticipation! We were on a list, I think we were #5 or #6
for this litter, and Deb & I were anxiously awaiting the "final count",
hoping she had enough babies for us to get one. And the elation ....
when we finally got the news that we were now the proud owner of a new
GSD puppy. It didn't matter to us what sex, we were just looking for a
well-bred dog, male or female, as a companion. The other people who were
ahead of us on the list had their choice and we would get whatever was
left. As it turned out, we were offered the pick of the litter (long
story about how that all came about), and I remember Karen telling us
that this "pick" puppy, a male, had a "TON OF ATTITUDE". Little did we
know, at the time, that the word "ATTITUDE" is breeder talk for "Man,
this puppy is going to be a real handful" .... Karen would tell us that
she couldn't keep him in the whelping box, he was always getting out
somehow, she would go into the basement to check on the pups and all his
littermates where in the box, but he would be out, and running around
the basement all by himself .... The day FINALLY came when we were to go
get him, Karen met us as we pulled up and we all went to the barn, the
puppies were in a kennel-like area, all the puppies were huddled in one
corner, sleeping .... all except one, who was busy running around
sniffing the straw bedding and playfully being a puppy ..... as we
walked up to the opening, (it had a small wood like gate across it,
maybe 2-3 feet high to keep the pups in) the puppy, who had been running
around the pen, sees us, comes running to the opening, and proceeds to
try his hardest to climb up the gate and get out to greet us ...
laughingly Karen asked Deb "Can you tell which one is yours?" .... oh ya,
we could tell ... he was the one who was trying to get out to be with
his new parents, while his littermates were perfectly happy, huddled
together and sleeping ... he was so lively, so independent, so full of
himself, even at that young age .... and that was the start of our 6
year love affair .... he has matured into truly a one of a kind dog ....
even tho it is Barons birthday ... I would like to again, thank his
breeders Karen and Karey Fisher for the privilege of having this dog.
This has been the best 6 years any dog owners could ever hope for, and I
pray to the good Lord, that we will have at least another 10 years of
birthday celebrations with him ....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARON
You are the BEST dog ... we love you!
Randy & Debbi
husband and I had been working on remodeling our new house the whole
summer, and our wedding was coming in fall. We had had many
conversations concerning the need for a dog for companionship and
protection. My husband is away often in the winter and I didn't want
to be left alone in an empty house.
We had had
many discussions about possible breeds, Jack Russell Terriers, Labs,
and GSD's. After much talk about pros and cons of each breed, we
discovered we each had a fondness for the GSD. With the breed decided,
I set to work trying to find a good breeder. Shadow Valley Shepherds
response was quick and friendly. The beauty of Wooly and Annie caused
me to search no more. Both parents featured outstanding qualities and
favorable lineage and we couldn't wait for our new pup.
After a very
long drive, from Milwaukee Wi. to Caro Michigan, I got to meet my new
pup Bear. Bear was as beautiful as I had imagined him to be. He
behaved well on the 8 hr ride home, sleeping on my lap most of the
time. My husband and the rest of the family, (including our other new
baby, a kitten) immediately fell in love. As a pup, Bear was by far
the most well behaved, most calm puppy I have ever had.
Bear grew to
be a handsome, loyal, well behaved dog. His obedience trainer loves to
work with him and has urged us to complete the Canine Good Citizen
Award. Bear listens well and everyone comments on his great
temperament and his beauty. He has not once displayed any aggressive
behavior to people or other dogs. He keeps a protective eye on
children and babies and is incredibly gentle. Bear is definitely the
best dog I have ever had. My husband and I plan to continue with his
training and we hope to turn him into a backpacking companion as well.
Shadow Valley produces wonderful dogs!
We are the very lucky owners of "Shadow Valley's Happy Meadow", a
Wooly/Annie pup from last year. Just wanted to let you know what a joy
she is. She is by far the most jolly, enthusiastic dog I've ever met!
This proved challenging with my three year old twins around! She loves
them soo deeply. It's very clearly in her eyes. She adores everybody,
actually! Now that she's older and fully trained, we are just enjoying
every moment of her.
Thought you'd like to know that she is very happy, as are we. When
I brought her to training, the trainer spent some time with her and I
because she was a little pistol, so anxious to play with the other dogs,
and the trainer said, "Oh, Julie, she's the one I'd pick!!!" My father,
who raised two German Shepherds, wanted her very badly for himself. He
wanted no other puppy, just her. Well, Grandpa will have to settle for
I have had several people tell me that she is the most beautiful
GSD they have ever seen--she certianly is beautiful, but when you look
in her eyes, her whole face just radiates "happy", and I think that's
why people respond so. She loves to swim so much that we have to work
to keep her out of the water. We live on a lake, and everytime she goes
out, she wants to go for a dip. We've had to keep her on leash all
winter for fear that she'll go out on treacherous ice! She loves to
ride in the car and howls like a coyote when we don't take her with us,
even long trips. She's awesome in crowds--Trick-or-treating, 4th of
July fireworks, anything. And she welcomes everyone to come see her.
At the park, she sometimes scares people because she wants so badly to
go say hello that she pulls and pulls on the leash! Also, she uses her
paws like hands--it's quite funny--wanting to hold your hand, or place
her paw on your leg...
Anyway, I just thought you might like to know how she's doing.
Gorgeous, friendly, smart, devoted, mindful (finally!). We love her.
brought us so much joy and laughter, and filled the void that was left
when we lost Que in May. Thank you so much. May God bless you and your
family throughout the new year. I'll keep you updated if you want to know
how he's doing in classes. I think from puppy class we'll get his good
citizenship certificate (or whatever it's called) and then maybe some
agility classes. I'll see how he likes going to school and take it from
there. He'll be the smartest one in the class. He already comes, sits,
lies down and shakes hands, and he's only four months old. He is so smart
I can't believe it. He's great with my nieces and nephews, but a little
rough with the cats (to be expected, only puppy stuff ya know).
Mike and I
just love him. Thanks again,
Sandy, Mike,and Sulley Hurst
In April of 2001 we decided to purchase a
puppy from ShadowValley's GSD knowing Karen Fisher bred for the same
things I do Temperament and
Health #1. Our dogs are all house dogs not kennel dogs. Our children are
raised but now have the grandkids at our home all the time so temperament
is a must. I made the decision I had to have Wooly puppy and flew back to
get my new girl Shania, also brought back a male for a friend that loved
his puppy to.
The trip back Michigan was well worth the time meeting Karen, her
dogs and especially meeting Wooly in life. I was very impressed with her
set up also the wonderful temperaments her dogs had. Four years later now
Shania is exactly what I expected wonderful temperament loving children so
much and NO dog aggressive, NO health problems ever, her hips are good
OFA rating good and is not minored out in points and has a major reserve.
Our Shania now has put two wonderful litters on the ground passing
on her great genetics of temperament, beauty, health and brains on to her
puppies. We get wonderful comments from all people that have purchased
I highly recommend anyone to purchase a pup from ShadowValley for a
family companion pup or for some that is looking for confirmation or
working titles. Karen stands behind all pups that are bred at
I have been myself a breeder for 35 yrs in the German Shepherd
breed and very proud to have a part of ShadowValley GSD in our pedigree
Texas joined our family four years ago. It was our hope that he would
fill the shoes of our beloved long-time companion who had passed away only
a few months before --- a tall order for a ten month old pup.
But Texas has turned out to be one of the finest canines with whom I have
had the privilege to share my home. Initially purchased as a pet, his
good looks, confidence and movement earned him points and a major reserve
in the conformation ring within his first six showings.
He is truly exemplary of conscientious breeding: excellent temperament (a
wonderful and gentle companion to our two year old son), structurally
sound, and handsome --- possessing a machismo that prompts strangers to
stop us and ask "where did you get that dog."
One of my proudest moments was when a Texas Ranger stopped me to tell me
that my dog was one of the finest German Shepherds he had ever seen. He
is fine indeed. Thank you Karen and Karey for our beautiful boy.
Eugena Warko and son Mikey
We have 3 Shadow
Valley German Shepherds "Teddy Bear" which we purchased first from
Karen, and we liked him so well, we bought a female, Josie and then got
Alabama. They are wonderful dogs, excellent temperament and some of the
best bloodlines in the country... When Teddy Bear first came to us, he did
not make up to me as soon as I had expected, (as he was only 10 weeks old)
as he had gotten attached to Karen. One day when he had only been here a
week or so, he left the back yard and I went looking for him and he was out
front looking to the North with the most unusal look on his face, like he
was looking for someone. I said "Teddy Bear" what are you looking at?
Michigan? looking for Karen? he looked at me for an instant and wagged his
tail and then looked back to the North. I said, "But you are an Ohioian Dog
now, Karen wants you to live with us" ... At that moment he turned to me
and came running and we bonded right then and he has been my loyal companion
ever since. He has done so well in the confirmation ring, in obedience and
all around companion that we truly love him as part of the family. Thanks
Karen for the wonderful dogs and hopefully you will always be there for your
friends at C&J German Shepherds.
Connie & Jim Cupps
We heard about Shadow Valley
German Shepherds through a patient of mine. My wife and I have
been looking for a companion, and I personally have an affinity
for shepherds since I grew up with them. We were looking for the
right temperament, and it was a blessing to discover Karen and
her shepherds. Karen is happy to answer any questions that you
have and even advices you with raising a puppy. But raising MJ
(a baby of Addie's) is such a breeze. He is incredibly smart and
such a sweetheart (mama's boy!). The boy has personality! He is
very athletic (loves to catch tennis balls) and maybe sometimes,
is too brave for his own good. MJ is a star in obedience school.
When people see MJ, they never fail to comment on what a
gorgeous puppy he is. Last week, as I was walking MJ, we came
across an empty plastic milk jug on the street. MJ picked it up
and carried it all the way to home and without me cueing him, he
proceeded in dropping the plastic jug in our recycling bin. The
kids that were waiting for their schoolbus at the corner of our
block noticeably dropped their jaws after witnessing the
feat. This is a testimony that Shadow Valley produces some of
the best shepherds in the land! We are blessed to have Karen
and MJ and we hope and pray that we have long wonderful years
with our handsome boy!
Justin and Gracie Llamas