Macho was the first dog Jennifer had on her own right out of college. He was also the hardest. Macho's litter mate bit seven people and put five people in the hospital. At four months old, Macho was already showing signs of being aggressive. Living alone in a small apartment in Los Angeles, Macho tried to bite Jennifer for the first time. Going back to her childhood education and animal instinct, she corrected him just like another dog would and it never occurred again. Not only was Macho aggressive towards people but other dogs as well. Jennifer spent countless hours working with him and for the rest of his life, he could be seen off leash happy around anyone or any animal on a daily basis. This was the dog that taught Jennifer the most and she went on not only to compete with him in Schutzhund Training but also taught him over eighty tricks and tasks around the house. In one instance, when she was locked out of the apartment, she taught Macho to find the keys the week before. Through the window, she instructed him to "get the keys" as he did off the dinning room table and dropped them through the window for her to open up the door and get back inside. Intelligent, loyal and very protective, Macho was always a true Alpha dog. The bond between the two was inseparable. Macho died of Cancer at nine years old in 2004 but his ashes and picture remain in the office at all times as a reminder of what he taught Jennifer and the love that she had for this truly amazing dog. Macho is still today the companies CEO and is greatly missed by all that knew him.
Jennifer owned Dylan since he was 8 weeks old. The two competed for years in Southern California Schutzhund competitions until a back injury forced an early retirement. Dylan was known as the "miracle dog" who survived three back to back operations on his stomach from eating a tennis ball. He was in the vet in Los Angeles for over a month and Jennifer visited every day religiously for an hour or more. Many people think that was the only way he pulled through. Always loyal, Dylan never strayed far from his master's side. He loved to play ball (except with a hard orange one), was always in the mood to eat and was second in rank to Jennifer. Dylan had a full time job of keeping young Elvis below him in the pecking order but he was free to enjoy his days in retirement. He had a heart of gold and was very laid back and easy going. Dylan was also the litter mate to Denver who is owned by Jennifer's parent's in Florida. He was a neutered male who was born on December 27, 1997 and died peacefully in Jennifer's arms in his bed in April, 2008 at the K-9 Ranch training center. He was 10 and a half years old and has trully left a dent in the pack in which He resided. Dylan was the heart of world class dog training and is trully missed.
Everywhere Jennifer takes Lola, she is always asked the same question: "What kind of Dog is that?" Lola is an all black German Shepherd from Germany. She was originally picked out by Jennifer's mother Gloria but while visiting, Jennifer fell in love with her sweet temperament and disposition. Lola is currently third in command to Jennifer and Dylan and likes to enforce this rule around Elvis when he often tries to steal her ball. Lola is extremely patient around puppies but during the non-winter months, you can usually find her half way down a prairie dog hole. She has taken up the job of chasing various rodents off the property but has officially only caught one in which she was more afraid of him then he was of her. Lola is a very good protection dog and once was the only dog home in Los Angeles to chase away a burglar from attempting to break into the house. She may be small but don't let her size fool you. Lola is trained as a protection dog and has also done Schutzhund training. She has also been featured in many print ads. Jennifer has owned her since she was six months old. Lola loves to eat, only chases Mitten secretly when no one is around, loves to play ball but can be the most mischievous of the dogs- always trying to see what she can get away with. Her personality usually makes people melt. Lola is a spayed female and was born on June 12, 2003.
Elvis is the newest member of the pack and comes quite qualified for the position. He's the first investment for Jennifer for a breeding program that will be initiated in 2008. Elvis is related to the three time World Sieger- Yasko. He comes from two VA rated dogs- both Schutzhund 3, Kk1, 1a. He is trained in Protection and Schutzhund training. Not only is he a beautiful dog, his temperament couldn't be more perfect. He has outstanding ball drive, is a natural tracker and doesn't give up. Elvis has a perfect bite on the sleeve and is kept in top physical and mental condition daily through exercise and constant socialization and training. He has been around infants to toddlers, to the elderly and spent time living with his best friend- a mini Daschund. He loves to play ball, swim, run, work, hike and socialize with other dogs and people. Elvis is still a young dog and likes to have fun. He loves to play games and is extremely intelligent. He is very loyal and eager to please and is just an all around good boy. This dog has been very easy for Jennifer to bring up and she purposely raised him in a way to be a highly social and confident male. Elvis was born on February 12, 2005 and he is intact.
On a cold day in November of 2010, Jennifer was donating her services to local the local animal shelter-the Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott, Arizona to help deal with hard behavioral cases. Ranch was a female Pit Bull mix shaking & drooling in the back of a run on a concrete floor. Those that saw her were afraid to approach her fearing that she may bite as she tried to blend in with the wall behind a hose on the back of her cage door. It took three hours of working slowly but Jennifer was able to build trust enough to start petting her and eventually she ended up accepting the leash.
Two days after that, she had her out for a walk. Her tail was between her legs, she shook, she drooled and was completely shut down in fear. After going in with her every other day, it took a little while but eventually one day Jennifer approached and she got up and wagged her tail. She took her every where- into town, around people and eventually ended up fostering her. Obviously fostering was out of the question as she's been through so much, Jennifer couldn't bare to see her go with anyone else so she adopted her. Ranch is now working to help other fearful dogs. She loves playing tug of war with Elvis and is an example ambassador for all shelter dogs- that most, given time, can heal from their scars. Ranch is a part of the family and prefers to be co-pilot when driving to clients houses to go to work. She is truly a great dog that has entered Jennifer's life.
Although Mitten isn't a dog, she seems to think she's one. Mitten was purely an accidental arrival. One day while Jennifer was out in the desert training protection dogs, a drugged out lady pulled up in a beat up car and threw two kittens out her window. The kittens headed for shelter in some bushes and Jennifer and her friend were only able to find one. Seeing that the little kitty was horribly sick with a respiratory problem, Jennifer hauled her off that day back home in a dog crate to her vet. After nursing her back to health, the sweet little kitten had found a home with three German Shepherds who had never lived with a cat before. Of course interested in the behavioral aspect, Jennifer documented what she did daily to have them all get along. Now Mitten is a fierce hunter in Colorado and also has to be kept inside if the dogs go for a walk. She will walk along with everyone to the point of exhaustion and Jennifer has had to carry her home on many of occasions. Although Mitten is very sweet, she can also be a trouble maker and has absolutely no fear of dogs. She has been known to interrupt classes with her antics of playing with dog tails or chasing mice. Mitten is very close to Elvis, Dylan & Lola and will often lay with them in their dog beds. She is spayed and was named because of her two front white paws. Mitten is estimated to be around 3 years old.
Johnny was named after Johnny Cash or Johnny Knoxville depending on the day. He is around a year old as of Jan. 2010. Jennifer rescued Johnny from the Longmont, Colorado Humane Society Animal Shelter as another friend for Mitten. He often displayed aggressive cat behavior (hence his name for being a little bad) but since settling in and getting lots of calm reinforcement, he now likes to be held and pet which posed a big problem in the beginning. Johnny has come very far and is proving to be a great cat and a fierce hunter- keeping mice and insects at bay, he is a top predator in the house. He loves to scratch and attempt to cover his food like a mountain lion and also loves to run and slide across the kitchen floor on his furry white paws. Greenies are his favorite treat and anything mouse related is his favorite toy. Johnny has sometimes been known to torture Elvis by running and swatting his tail from behind. A little mischievous but a lot of fun is this little kitten...
Sage is a wild cat. She may actually have some other type of cat other than domestic because no one has ever met a cat like this especially at 10 months old. We even had to build her a special cat enclosure that comes off the laundry room into a long bridge that drops down into an 8x8x8 enclosure so she can go outside. She came to the ranch through the Chino Valley, Az. shelter, given up by a woman and her daughter. Jennifer was originally looking for a male but this cat kept pawing her as she walked by. We took her out and there she was-running all over the place, causing trouble, playing and full of mischief. At that point, we knew she was the cat for the ranch! Haha... Now she is an indoor/outdoor cat who can thrive out here as I don't think she would have been a very good pet for someone in a small apartment or home. She looks like she's not totally domestic so could have easily ending up being euthanized. We are happy to have her here and she loves her new life!