Denali Kennels - Rainbow Bridge
This page is dedicated
to our dear friends waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. We
miss you all.
Will and Testament of a Loved Dog] *
Buck was a Golden Retriever and the first dog I ever trained. He
was truly my Best Friend. Never titled or even registered, he
was everything a Good Dog should be. He joined our family
"for Mom", but a big, red, rambunctious retriever was a far cry
from the blonde cocker spaniel she had her heart set on.
So Buck became mine! We went through 4-H (a class I highly
recommend to anyone that can join a local group!), did
showmanship, obedience and all the fun things a young girl can
come up with to do with a willing dog. He pulled my wagon
to deliver Girl Scout Cookies, our sleds in winter, condescended
to play horse, was a shoulder to cry on with teenage heartache,
ran rabbits in their season and out did field champions in real
life bird hunting. He never did understand why he wasn't
supposed to try to retrieve the chicken when my sister raised
one for a school experiment...
Buck passed over on December 7th, 1994 at the age of
This was my favorite senior picture taken in the summer of 1988
Patch was my dad's dog, but I was lucky enough to grow up with
him. He was an English Setter, and one of the best hunting dogs,
and best buddies I have had the pleasure of knowing. Patch lived
to be 16. Patch was a wonderful babysitter, bird hunting
companion, kids best bud, excuse to get out of restrictions
(because the dog NEEDED to be walked!), cherished family member
and a wonderful introduction to the joys of growing up with a
dog. My family actually had Patch for a year and a half
before I was born, so I consider myself lucky to have never been
without a four legged companion.
This is my dad's favorite picture.
Sam was an English Springer Spaniel my family acquired when his
former owners couldn't keep him from jumping their fence. For
some reason he decided he liked living at our house better, and
so they gave him to us. He was AKC registered and competing in
conformation before coming to live with us. He quickly showed
his love and enthusiasm for bird hunting. Unfortunately we lost him to
Hypothermia while duck hunting.
Jazzi vom Denali
Jazzi lost her fight with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency on
December 8th 2000. She would have been 3 in January 2001.
Jazzi was a wonderful dog with incredible herding instinct that
we were hoping to use to our advantage in the stock pens.
Unfortunately for us, someone had other plans for her.
Tommy passed over on December 29th 2000. He was approximately 17
years old and our educated guess is that he was a Siberian Husky
x Basenji mix. He was found running the streets in Anchorage,
Alaska many years ago while I was working at a vet
He was the only dog that strangers were not allowed to touch. He
had a learned distrust of anyone outside his immediate pack - he
was severely abused before I brought him home. After all the
years he protected me when I was living alone 3500 miles from
my family, he had earned his right to a comfortable old age, no
matter how 'cranky' he was.
Goodbye my Fox Face, I miss you.
UI Winter vom Haus
Winter was a beautiful,
mostly patient dog with high herding drives - which stem from
HIGH prey/hunt to kill drives. Through her father, she
unfortunately passed on issues with torsion and bloat and was
removed from our breeding program when those issues were
discovered. As a pet, she was good with the children and
would have done well as an obedience competitor if my kids had
been older. However she was a "fence eater" and ended up
not ever being stock safe.
vom Denali CERF
I was the first to hold you when you
were born, still wet and wriggling into the cold world full of
too bright lights. I helped your mom open the sack that had
been your world for 9 weeks.
I watched you grow, and even through
the ugly-duckling stage I thought you were beautiful. I
promised you a forever home with us if you would just survive
whatever nasty bug it was that grabbed you at 8 weeks old. I
nursed you back to health on $9/ lb deli roast beef and
chicken. Hand fed you and slept with you and loved you.
I watched you grow strong and learn
manners, took you to school with the skin kids every day and
watched all the kids fall in love with you too. I remember all
the offers to buy you and the comments on how people wanted a
dog "just like you" because you were so beautiful and sweet
and well mannered.
I helped you through the deliveries
of your own beautiful babies - you were such a good mommy.
Your babies are following in your pawprints making homes
We miss you Becky, Bright Blessings
and wait for us at the Bridge
Miss Heidi von Eidson -
was a combination of
German working and American bloodlines. She was my personal protection dog and
had high prey and
defense drives. She was wonderful to take in public since she
liked people and was not animal aggressive (although she had a learned dislike
of all chow chows). She was a tall, thin
female. Standing 26 inches and 78 pounds was over breed standard for height. All her
energy was expended patrolling the property. When
bred properly, she produced normal sized offspring with all her
drive and usually better pigment and structure. She produced sables,
black and tan, and black and silver puppies. Heidi passed
her incredible maternal instincts on to her progeny. She
had taken in and nursed
birds, cats, goats and other puppies. Heidi is our
original alpha girl and will never leave here. She saved
my life on at least 3 occasions, including alerting me to a gas
"leak" involving the propane stove, and a short in an electrical
cord that almost caught our house on fire.
Always in my heart
Sendenensis - AD,BH,TT
1992 - 11 January 2005
Merlin and his adopted daughter
Moonpie (the horse)
Merlin spent his last several years as our official
"Grandpa" dog and puppy trainer. He was the one to
greet all newcomers whether they were dog, horse or
He was fully trained in the sport of Schutzhund, and
had earned his BH and Temperament Test (TT), He
was imported and pink papered from Germany.
Merlin loved to go out to the practice field and give
the decoys a run for their effort, but severe
dysplasia, blindness and deafness hindered him.
We kept him as comfortable as possible despite his
hips, knees and progressing blindness and he was
happy and active till the end. His favorite activities
included sleeping on the sofa, retrieving anything he
could pick up, tormenting the girls, gnawing on his
bowling ball and greeting visitors.
Our UPS driver was one of his favorite people.
You more than earned your rest Old Man. Keep those
youngsters in line and know we love and miss you. We'll
see you at the bridge.
as "NeeNee", Denise was quite novel. At 15 weeks, NeeNee
was 7.5 inches at the shoulder and 5 pounds. You would never
recognize her from her puppy pictures. She was on the small
side of the breed standard (22- 24 inches for a female).
Her hip x-rays were wonderful.
She had wonderful drives that proved her breeding
and everything that you want in a GSD except an immune
system and loved to cuddle. She was our
6 year old sons loving pet. NeeNee is black and Tan. The
picture below is of her at 15 weeks.
We turned down
several homes for Nee Nee over the years from people
that wanted to breed "miniature GSDs".
Be nice to your
momma and Heidi girl. They'll keep you company
till we meet again.
Obscure du Val des Hurles Vent
breed quality, hips a/b
07/23/1998 - 04/11/2005
Obie was a very nice French import working line female
with even better pigment than this picture shows. She was
sweet and willing, highly food driven, loved children, tolerated
the cats well, completely house & car safe/trained (even
ignoring the trash!) and totally ignored the livestock.
The day we picked her up, she fell asleep in my (then) 7 year old son's
She is the littermate sister to Obelix du Val des Hurles
Vent, the 2003 Mondio Ring 3 Champion of France. With her
previous litters, she has out produced herself in conformation
and passed on her pigment.
from her first litter in the US was VP-2 at the Mid Eastern
Regional (USA) conformation show in 2003, beating show-line
Fig's Pinafore, better
known as Peanut, had a rough start in life. Like most
Greyhounds in Colorado, she was rescued from the dog track
after loosing too many races... Peanut is one of the
lucky ones... She survived her loosing streak and
found a permanent retirement home at the age of 6 years.
Robert had always
wanted a Greyhound, so the search began. We chose
her in particular as she was deemed "un-adoptable"
after being in rescue for 9 months and bouncing through
6 homes - being returned because she was "unable to be housebroken",
"refused to bond", & "doesn't like people".
While still nervous around strangers, she LOVES her Daddy,
likes to think she is the alpha dog, is totally housebroken,
has learned basic obedience commands (Bil-Jac liver treats
are THE incentive that works!!!) and is basically a spoiled
V Tannie v.
Gross Zunder SchH3, Kkl 1 "a" fast normal
Tannie is an awesome
I purchased her for her bloodlines and titles as a hopeful
foundation breeder, and while we love her dearly, ended
up with a $5000 pet since she is infertile. Tannie
is a good lesson in checking your sources thoroughly before
paying high prices.
While Tannie has her
faults (female dog aggressive, force trained, never housebroken,
cat killer, infertile), she is an awesome guard and playmate
for my daughter. She is a dog you
can take anywhere in the vehicle and literally leave the
keys in the car, windows down all the way and have NO
fear of anyone touching anything; or trust to guard your
children while out walking in any neighborhood.
She is not a "nasty" dog, and enjoys people - just don't
touch her car or hurt her kids. Tannie's favorite
activities are playing with her kids, playing in schutzhund,
swimming in the pool, retrieving anything she can pick up,
and "killing" her bowling ball.
Tannie turned into my daughters constant
companion and self appointed guardian. We lost Tannie in
Griffen is a very nice black and tan standard coat intact
male. 5/6 German working lines and 1/6 American show lines,
he combines the best of both types. Flawless temperament,
nice size, protective when needed; this is a dog that turns
off and on like a light switch. This boy can go anywhere, be
with anyone and his handler will never have a problem with
him. Very protective of handler, family and property, perfect
in the car. He DOES NOT like cats but tolerates
the ones in the house. Is great with livestock and other
dogs, gun broke, house trained, crate trained, on and off
leash obedience (little rusty off sometimes), retrieve drive
high, loves the water.
Fina vom Denali
Fina is a small standard sized (22+ inch) red/gold sable female.
3/4 European lines and 1/4 American lines. Well
proportioned, willing to please, Beta personality. Easy to
handle, protective, crate/house/car trained, basic on
leash obedience, good nose, fast & extremely agile. With
work would probably make an excellent agility competitor. Fina has pups in training for full personal protection work and
as Service/Assistant dogs, herding dogs and agility competitors.
James vom Kirchtal
Beautiful all the
way, came into our lives 5 years ago very much in
need of a home.
We were the lucky
people who gave him that secure place to be, but it
was our family that had the privilege of being with
him. He adjusted well in every situation. We
were the 6th home for him, and he was so able to
love us and show what a real champion was.
Temperament, beauty, and brains, he had it all, and
we feel so lucky to have known him, and to have had
him in our lives.
DELORES, BOB, & MARK
James lives on here at Denali Kennels in his
daughter Kira and granddaughters Yanaba and Erin and in our
He leaves some really big pawprints to fill.
Name: Zofie vom Denali
DOB: 24 August 2006
Zofie is a beta female. Beautiful conformation, nice coloring,
uses her nose and is learning quickly. She is a mid sized female
with a beautiful broad chest and is very quick and agile... Zofie
has basic obedience training and is testing for
tracking/narcotics detection. She LOVES the water.
Competes with her sister Zelda in attacking the kong.
Better pigment than her sister, but softer personality. Zofie
does have 2 absolutely perfect but slightly mismatched ears -
her left is 1/4 inch smaller than her right.
Picture dated 17 Feb 08 in winter coat. She
is a close coated sable.