I am sad to say that our dear, sweet Kuchen ("Ku") passed away on December 12, 2011, at the age of 13 and a half.
Obtained as a 12 week old puppy from German Shepherd Rescue, she was my "crossover" dog, the one who began my journey with me from training with correction methods to reward-based training. She forgave my errors and missteps along the way.
Ku had many medical issues throughout her life: a total hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament surgery, anal gland surgery, and just this past January, uterine surgery. Throughout her life, vets and vet techs would be amazed at how calm and gentle she was through all kinds of tests, invasive procedures, and treatment.
Kuchen is the reason we stress the importance of early and proper handling and gentle restraint exercises. While of course we hope for years and years of good health for your dog, anything can happen at any time. Life will be easier for both of you if your dog is easy to examine and treat. I know that Ku's life was extended, and the quality of her life was greater, because of her early handling.
To my students, thank you so much for all the love and support we have received from you at her passing.
My wish for all of you is that you know the love of a dog such as this in your lifetime.
With much love & thanks,
Happy Dog Training (631) 424-DOGS/3647 Long Island, New York
1st Place Winner "Best Dog Trainer", Best of Long Island Contest
5 years in a row!