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"I just wanted to let you know that I have been very blessed to have a GSD from you! He is going to be 5 years old next month! Time flies! His name is Pete, he is my service dog and search and rescue. We have been very successful doing search and rescue but he has literally been my life saver! With my medical issues and now will be having a major surgery called PAO, hip and pelvis surgery.  People judge me for years because I don't have a cast or Bruises, can see chronic pain health problems. Pete and I have been through training for long time and everyday he is working for me. Wither getting my shoes or slippers, he know the difference. Picking up my medication bottles if they drop, notifying me if there is a pill on the ground, notifying me ahead of time it I am going to pass out and bring me to a safe place and/or get help for me. Pete has stopped me before going downstairs if I am not feeling well or going to pass out, he notifies me and brings me to couch, bed or lay on the ground. He stays with me, licking my hands or neck till I come to. Don't get me wrong, he can be a pain in the ass lol, just like any other dog. But he know the difference between home or out in public and how to get me help. Pete sometimes has to pick up items for me if something drops, even when I don't tell him. He acts and plays like a "normal" dog, great with cats and amazing with children, especially my daughter who is 10 years old. Pete watches over my daughter also and has also helped her with anixity and depression. He doesn't care when she comes back on weekends with her dad and she is crabby and upset with her father. Pete is right there and she can be very upset and Pete calms her down. Sometimes he goes to counseling with her because she is scared or nervous talking about mainly her father. Yeah he can be vocal but I believe that's just a GSD or an dog in that case. When we go to my parents house, Pete is great with all the chickens, ducks, turkeys and alpacas. I am very grateful that my grandmother introduced me to you. You matched Pete and I perfect. I can't even say enough about how grateful I am! Someday I would love to get another dog from you. When we are out and about shopping or doctors appointments or on road trips, so many people make comments on how handsome he is and where I got him. I refer everyone to you. Once my surgeries are done my goal is to be a licensed akc trainer and help others out. I was in training up in Ashland but didn't finish due to covid. But, my goal in life is to help and train dogs to help others. I literally would not be here if it wasn't for Pete. I guess more or less I want to thank-you for pairing Pete and I up together and saving my life so many times. I now live in Cameron and still looking to learn and "shadow" licensed trainer. There are so few people that are licensed or I don't know anyone around the area to learn more to help others legally. It's so amazing on how Pete and I can read each other! Thank you so very much for picking him out or recommending him to me. I would love to get a GSD from Germany with a great bloodline and temperament, etc. But times are tight money wise but that's my goal in life, to help others with their dogs. Nobody is perfect and there is nothing wrong with that.  Thank you for being such a wonderful person and your family with my grandma. Much appreciated!  Thank you to the moon and back many times!! Best wishes and hope all is well with you and your family. Stay safe!"
Clara Kern.

Owned by Clara Kern


Jade is used as a therapy dog and goodwill ambassador for the German Shepherd dog. She is just beginning her service to the community, sharing warmth and love with all she meets.

Trinity Lutheran School Athens WI.

Tom Treweek, Judy Wiese, Marilyn Bhend.

Tom Treweek, Judy Wiese, Marilyn Bhend, and Larry Jerome.
Tom Trewerk with Jade - accepting $10,000 from Athens Fire Chief for new ambulance cot. Judy Wiese right dife of photo.
Judy Wiese , Athens Assistant Ambulance
Chief with Jade by new Ambulance Cot.
Jade with Dog Family plus Pastor Teri and member
The Church I attend in Athens, the Pastor has said OK if Jade attends Church with me and Jade's doggie friends, Tom Treweek and Judy Wiese.
Jade went to a Lenten Vesper Service and a Sunday Service.
We sit back pew, have treats for Jade.
Jade has excellent behavior, lays down by edge of pew, only gets up for a treat.
When service is over, people stop and interact with Jade, older and younger people.

Tonight Jade goes to Athens Area Fire & Ambulance Commission Meeting.
Yes, Jade knows if any of the members have dogs, she sniffs the members shoes.

Never ever did the above with my other 4 dogs, not even with my King.
But Jade seems different. She likes to interact with the little kids at schooland people at Church.
Maybe because I never thought of any of the above for King.
Or maybe because Jade is a female German Shepherd.

Jade brings great joy to my life and also to others who interact with her on a regular basis.
Jade 1 year old.
Tom Treweek and Marilyn K Bhend
Jade on school bus Athens
Jade at trinity school for bidthday
Jafe with Tom Treweek and Judy Wiese.
They did birthday celebration at trinity school for Jade 1st birthday
Jade birthday celebration at trinity school


Torri and Jillian
Jillian was born with a liver condition that required her first liver transplant at when she was 20 months old. She had multiple surgeries in her life, we stopped counting at 100. Torri was given to Jill as a gift for her “golden birthday” and the two were best friends. Torri sat by her side and wouldn’t leave whenever Jillian came home from the hospital. When Jillian was feeling good, they trained and had so much fun doing agility. They won multiple titles and made the best of every moment. Jillian’s transplanted liver began to fail and a second liver transplant was needed. The second liver transplant surgery was not successful and Jillian did not survive surgery. This picture of Jillian and Torri was taken just five days before her failed surgery. We had family pictures taken without knowing what was coming. This picture and the family pictures we took that day were a gift from God to get us through the rough time that only He knew was ahead.

Torri and Jillian were inseparable and Torri proved to be the best medicine available for Jillian’s incurable liver disease. We are grateful for the time they had together and we will always remember, with lots of love, the way that Torri was Jillian’s friend, agility dog and companion every day.



Adel is 3yrs old. He excelled in his obedience classes, where he completed 2nd level.  His main and most important accomplishment is being a certified therapy dog.  Adel loves visiting nursing homes and college visits. He has brought alot of joy to many people.

Owned byJan Koupal


Gus - Certified Pet Therapy dog
Gus is a year old now, time flies! He was certified for pet therapy just before the whole Coronavirus hit so he only got a few weeks in. He especially loved reading with second graders and enjoyed visiting seniors as well. We can’t wait to get back to it.

Owned by Bob & Laurie DeBruine from Plymouth WI



Lev. The Mobility-Service Dog
Hi, I’m Lev. I’m a mobility-service dog for my mom Tara. I was born at Jerland Kennels in Wisconsin. My trainer, Canine Companions by Design, in Arizona, got me all trained up to meet and help my mom. My mom says I’m: handsome, smart, loving, jolly, friendly, determined, funny, strong, patient, loyal, and chill. I want to add that I love any ball I can get my jaws or paws on. Okay, see you! Thanks for being a part of my mom’s life.




Max & Akela
Max and Akela are Search and Rescue dogs owned by Jim and Jessica Kujala in Hayward, Wisconsin. They serve on the Sawyer County Search and Rescue Team as 2 of the teams Tracking K9's. They both love their work and enjoy nothing more than dragging their handlers through the woods while in search of a missing person or while on a training sortie. Most importantly, they are both great friends, companions and members of the Kujala family. 

Jerland's Maximus

VI SAR-W TC CGC TKN, LETS K9 Tracking Certified, AWDA Wilderness Trailing II Certified


Jerland's Akea vom Haus Kujala
 TC CGC TKN, LETS K9 Tracking Certified, AWDA Wilderness Trailing IV Certified
max akela


Charlie and Sunny: his service dog
charlie and sunny
Click the image below to go to their blog!
charlie and sunny

jerland kennels

Owned by Donald Johnson.




Anna on a search after finding a victim with new jersey K9 search and rescue.
Anna is owned by John Acompora .



A brilliant dog can be trained to do anything. Klaus, owned by Steve Mitchell.


Sadie is working at the New Richmond hospital and red Cedar Canyon Alzheimers unit and has been wowing them with her tricks.
She is also set to work the Ellsworth and Osceola libraries.

Owned by Chuck and Lori Dove


Miss Indy
Miss Indy is a search and rescue dog owned by Karyn Schauf


Therapy dog, Honor. Owner: Donna Andersons.


Gretchen and Natalie.
Gretchen is the special friend and companion to Natalie.
Gretchen accompanies Natalie throughout her daily routines.
Their unconditional love for each other make this bond so special.



Therapy dog in action. Hans:handled by Vince Deschene




Mahtomedi Therapy Dog Needs Own Therapy

Vince Deschene hopes Kaiser can keep helping

Kara Owens

MAHTOMEDI, Minn. - Kaiser is not your typical 9-year-old German Shepherd. After his owner, Vince Deschene, retired, he trained Kaiser to become a therapy dog.

"When he was a puppy we noticed there was something very unique about his temperament," Deschene said. "He was extra friendly, he loved people, was good with kids."

For the past seven year, Kaiser has been touching lives at hospital and clinics around the Twin Cities. Deschene said his German Shepherd has a way with patients -- something medicine can't do.

"W when a 105-pound German Shepherd came in, everything changed," Deschene said. "And within two or three minutes the patient was smiling. I've seen blood pressure lowered actually on a machine when a dog comes in and then they start petting the dog."

With each hug or pat on the head, Kaiser also creates a special bond with those he meets.

"Ii've seen people that could hardly talk and than six, seven months later I see them walking down the hall calling not for me, they're calling for Kaiser," Deschene.

But about a year ago, Kaiser needed medical help of his own. Deschene noticed he was limping out of patient rooms, due to a torn ligament in the back of his left knee.


Kaiser takes anti-inflammatory pain killers, but can't walk like he used to. While the medicine helps, Kaiser need surgery and extensive rehab.

Surgery alone costs $3,000 -- something Deschene can't pay for on his own. He's hoping someone can help his dog, because without it, Kaiser won't be able to help more people.

"I don't know what there gonna do at these hospitals and places we go," Deschene said. "He'll probably still be at home, but if I had to roll up the carpet and not go anymore -- it's gonna be a sad day. I mean, everybody's gonna miss him."

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Kaiser was something special in the world of canines. He lived to be 12yrs. old and had at least another 3 years of trauma-wear and tear which I figure put him around 15. He has left quite a canine legacy behind:

Kaiser out lived every other dog that he started with at every hospital that we visit regularly.

He was known for his endurance and desire to please. Many times when we visited with other dogs and they had become stessed out, Kaiser would get up right away at the chance to keep visiting. I can't forget the time this was most prominent. Unknown to anyone, he had a ruptured spleen and it only had 1" of skin keeping it attached to his system. He was still getting up in chairs at Bethesda so people could rub his chest.

Many people over the years have commented on how Kaiser helped them overcome their fears of large dogs especially Germans as he was so unique and would push right up to someone to get petted.

He loved people so much that not once did he ever bark at person who came to the door. He viewed them as
"look, here's another person to come and pet me".

Who could forget the 10yr. old girl who walked Kaiser to the operating room to get her broken arm fixed.
Or the family that just had a stillborn baby and when the 100# German Shepherd walked into the room and put his chin on the woman's leg, in minutes they went from tears to taking pictures with their cell phones.

And the people on hospice who smiled on their beds as Kaiser put his chin on the mattress for them to pet him.

And the patients who had their pictures with Kaiser on the hospital room bulletin boards.

Kaiser started the Therapy Dog Reading program at the Odessey Charter School.

Also in closing, for those of you who get this email and are not Pet Therapists, let me briefly try to explain why we take the passing of our dogs so hard. Let's take the best, most lovable family pet dog that you ever had. Maybe you went camping with them and they slept in the tent with you. Maybe you could even sense that they would risk their life to try and protect you if a bear came into camp. Maybe they slept on your child's bed when they were very sick or brought a smile on someone's face who was depressed one time. Now, literally multiply that by hundreds of situations over a period of many years. It's even completely unique from Assistance Dogs or Police Dogs. If you can picture and feel that I little, you can begin to see why Therapy Dogs are so beloved and missed when they must pass on.

Vince Deschene.


From Art & Mary Munger
Xenia lives with her mother ( Jerland’s Spiritoso) on a 38 acre hobby farm with two cats,
three Arabian horses and an old retired couple.
When Xenia was one year old she attended a therapy dog class at Total Recall.
She passed the therapy dog test with flying colors and became certified with TDI.
Xenia visits nursing homes ,frequently. She is very much adored by all the residents.
Xenia has learned many tricks to entertain the residents.
Their favorite trick is saying her prayers.
In the future , Xenia is going to expand her horizons by visiting schools and hospitals.


Service dog, Sequoyah , in service to owner Cheryl Martin.


From Tom Couch
"Augie was one of the most dedicated, loyal and hardest working k-9’s I’ve ever worked with. I’m counting the days until I can get another puppy from Jerland Kennels."
Tom Couch

A list of teams we served on:

* West Michigan Search and Rescue
* North Carolina Canine Emergency Response Team (
* North Carolina Emergency Management Urban
Search and Rescue Task Force 4 (NCEMTF-4)


From Houston County Sheriff's Office
Sired by Jerland's Independence SchH3 and Janka vom Pfalzer-Hof SchH III KKl1a


The Houston County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that Lt. Tracie Erickson and K-9 partner Virgil took 1st Place Overall during the United States Police Canine Association Region 21, Regional Dog Trials, held August 25-27, 2008. Our canine team also took first place in the Head to Head and Team Competitions. There were over 40 K-9 teams participating.

Lt. Erickson and Virgil placed first in most all portions of the trials. Their overall score was 690.5 out of 700 possible points. The next place team was 10 points behind. For perspective, a K-9 team must have over 490 point to be certified and over 590 points to qualify for the National Dog Trials.


Sheriff Ely states “Lt. Erickson if very dedicated to the K-9 program. His 1st Place finish is a direct result of the dedication and attention to detail that he places in the K-9 program. All residents of Houston County should be proud of his efforts”.

The Houston County K-9 program is run at no cost to the citizens of Houston County and is supported through generous donations. The K-9 team is a great asset to have available and has proven time and again its value.



From the Tomah Police Department
K-9 Sierra was purchased by the Weaver family
and is sired by Xillo Vom Kreuzbaum, SchH3 KKl1a, out of Jerland's Sheba.

K-9 Unit

Officer Hintz has been selected as the next Canine Handler for the Tomah Police Department.  He will be attending a four-week school in North Carolina, where he will train with a newly acquired Police Dog.  Upon returning to Tomah, they will replace Sergeant Weaver and his
K-9 partner Sierra after a great 9 years of Service.

The Tomah Police Department Canine Unit is a partnership between Sgt. Chris Weaver and his partner, K-9 Sierra. Sgt. Weaver has been with the Department since December 1997 and raised Sierra from a puppy. K-9 Sierra is a male black and tan color German Sheppard dog and joined the Department in June of 2000. Sgt. Weaver and K-9 Sierra completed Basic Patrol Dog School at the Ramsey County, MN Sheriff's Office Regional K-9 Training Center in St. Paul, MN. Sgt. Weaver and K-9 Sierra attended training together for 12 weeks. By investing this amount of time Sgt. Weaver was able to gain the necessary skills to provide on going training, testing and evaluation of the Canine Unit.

Sgt. Weaver and K-9 Sierra not only work their scheduled shift (10 PM - 8 AM), but are also on-call to assist the members of the Police Department with a wide variety of tasks. K-9 Sierra is a dual-purpose patrol dog. While the term "dual-purpose" implies two jobs, it is somewhat deceiving. First, K-9 Sierra is trained as a patrol dog, which involves handler protection, criminal apprehension, tracking, building search, area search, and evidence recovery search. Secondly, K-9 Sierra is trained as a drug detector dog and he is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine/crack, methamphetamine, heroin and ecstasy. In addition to these trained jobs K-9 Sierra serves as a community relations ambassador for the Department. Sgt. Weaver and K-9 Sierra attend many community events, conduct demonstrations, walk in parades and many other activities.



From a post at

Dear Teresa,

We have a 4 year old male German Shephard who is unneutered. He is the gentlest dog. He weighs about 100 lbs. Whenever he meets other dogs he always wags his tail, and if he can get near them, covers them with licks. He has made friends with a variety of other dogs in our neighborhood. I think the most important thing in getting a German Shephard is where you get the dog. We bought ours from a breeder in Wis. who breeds for intelligence, temperament, and appearance. You may pay a little more, but what value can you put on peace of mind? Our dog's brother is owned by a woman who was out jogging one day. When she got home the dog greeted her at the door but growled when she tried to enter her house. He did the same thing at the back door. When this had gone on for a while, she finally called the police. When the animal control officer arrived, he said, "This dog is trying to tell you something." The policeman entered the home and the dog shot upstairs. There, hiding in a closet, was an intruder. The dog had been protecting her from an assailant. A quality dog is worth every penny. Our breeder has a website. See
Good luck puppy hunting,



From Meagan Hairston
Quero Aus Der Stadt Montan SCHHI - Jerland's Natasha

Hello, my name is Meagan Hairston. My family has bought many of your dogs including our favorite Jerland's Fritz.He got killed saving my baby cousin from a rattle snake.
He killed the snake but it killed him.
I thank you for supplying us with such wonderful creatures.

Meagan Hairston



From Johanna Volm

Just wanted to let you know about our dog Heidi, that we purchased from you in Dec of 1997, she was my Christmas gift from my husband. You know us well as we have had 3 of your dogs and have been so happy with each one.
Heidi has been the family dog and has been so good with our 3 children. Wherever Heidi was the boys are, never had problems finding the kids. But I have to tell you story about her. My second son Sebastian has has some trouble learning to read and is being tested for a learning disability. We read daily at home and Seb tries so very hard, progress is coming but slow. He would become so frustrated as would I, it was a chore every night as his brothers were all done with their homework and there sat poor Seb with his early reader. I read an article of children having difficutly with reading who read to dogs and the success they had, but the writer of the article noted that one has to have a certain type of dog that is patient and willing to sit as the child reads. I realized that we own this special type of dog and she is my Heidi as she was always so patient. We have taken her to school on other occasions for show and tell and other things but I never had a child read to her before. Now this is the routine. Seb lies next to Heidi and reads her stories daily. She lays patiently and doesn't correct his mistakes which builds his confidence and he loves it. It makes his reading a lot more fun and then he is willing to read to his mom, who has to correct his mistakes, but then he goes back to Heidi reads the story again and corrects his mistakes. He is making progress in school and reading doesn't hurt so much anymore. Much more pleasant homework experience at the Volm home.

I spoke with the special education teacher at the school and we will be setting dates to bring in Heidi to the classroom for other children to benefit from "Reading to Heidi".

How I love this dog!!!!

Thankyou, Merry Christmas to you and the family.
Johanna Volm.