VomLauterbach German Shepherds


It's always sad to lose a pet.  Losing your best friend is something that leaves your heart empty.  Every year we have sadly lost one of our own here.  The memories that were made are a constant reminder in everyday activities.  One dog will never be able to replace your lost friend.  But the way we cope with this is to read the Rainbow Bridge poem.  Whoever said dogs don't go to heaven, they don't know what they are talking about.  God made dogs too, and they are his creation.  So the poem goes, when we die, our four legged friends will be waiting at Rainbow Bridge, waiting to enter heaven with us.  We all joke that when we die, bury us with a bag of dog treats to give to the dogs up at Rainbow Bridge.  So it's not a goodbye in a sense, it's a see you later partner.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

Gesa vom Napte Emmer Eck
May 20 2001 - May 25 2011
Type: IMPORT pink papered
DOB: 05/20/2001
Titles: SchH1 Kkl1
Hip: SV: HD a-fast normal (a2)
Show: V rated
Father: Baru vom Haus Yu, SchH3/Kkl1 (V-36)
Mother: Ulla von der Grotte, SchH1/Kkl1 (V)
Gesa was kind of dog anyone could just sit there and hug all day.  She was so calm, and was often referred to as the therapy dog here at VomLauterbach German Shepherds.  Whenever she wanted some lovin, she would waLK over, and nudge our hand just so she could get a pat on the head and off she went. She was fascinated with our cat at the time, Mels.  She used to wait by the door all night just to see his face.  But whenever she got the opportunity, she never put a scratch on him.  In the summer time we would set up little kiddy pools for the dogs to cool off in.  She was definitely not water shy by any means.  On several occasions, whenever she waddled her way in it and laid down, water would go over the edge and on the ground.  Whenever she got out, she would shake and she would get the cutest curls.  Her memories are always with us, and we can't wait to see her at Rainbow Bridge.

Jolly vom St. Michaels Berg
June 1 2001- February 10 2012
Type: IMPORT pink papered
DOB: 01 Jun 2001
Titles: SchH3 Kkl 1
Hip: SV: HD a-normal (a1)
Show: BSZS V-43 2003 Sieger Show
Father: Yello vom St.-Michaels-Berg SchH3/Kkl1 (V-12)
Mother: Ona vom Solling SchH1/Kkl1
Jolly was one of the most intelligent German Shepherds we have ever owned.  The way she would shake in excitement whenever she got to see us after a long hard day just made all the stress go away.  When it came to snack time, she would wait till the very end in hopes of the littlest crumb.  She would shake your hand, roll over on her belly whenever we scratched it, and sometimes, we didn't even have to tell her what we  wanted her to do, she just knew.  We took Jolly everywhere with us.  Camping on the weekends, trips to town, wherever we went, Jolly went with us.  As she got in the pick up, and my mom and I would follow in the car with Yukon in the back, looking through the window anyone would swear it was a person sitting straight up in the seat, but nope, it was Jolly.  We miss her bark, the way she panted, the way her eyes would look at us, the sound of her trot coming down the hallway, and the drool that occasionally came from her mouth waiting for that tidbit of food.  The memories are forever marked on our hearts.

Maffay von der Wilhelmswarte (SG 52) Sch2 Kk1
March 2 2000- January 13,2011
Type: IMPORT pink papered
DOB: 03/02/2000
Titles: SchH2 Kkl 1
Hip: SV: HD a-normal (a1)
Show: SG-52 ranked in the world 
(Young-Class 2001)
Father: Esko vom Danischen Hof VA-3
Mother: Xita von der Bahrener Hohe

Maffay was the first titled German Shepherd we got.  He was the staple to starting our kennel.  When he first arrived, one weekend we took him to do bitework just to see how he would preform.  Many people commented on him, and his firm bite.  Seeing him in action put in perspective of how wonderful, smart, and obedient is really was.  He loved to roll in the grass and the snow for that matter.  He was very obedient, loved to be right by our side.  He loved the occasional game of fetch with sticks, but he never brought them back.  He always ended up biting them in half by the time you got them back.  I myself, Jessica took him to 4-H obedience classes.  Maffay and I worked quite well together.  From all the practicing and walks up and down the road.  Whenever he wouldn't listen being as stubborn as he is, he would look at me, and I would give him the look saying "your a smart guy, you know what to do," so we would start again, and he would do what he was suppose to do.  As some customers know, his bark was the most intimidating ever.  He wouldn't hurt a fly though, he loved to be around children.  Whenever a car door was open, and you couldn't find him, we made sure to look in the car and there he was.  He loved to go for ride in the truck or the car.  We will never forget the amazing qualities that Maffay displayed as any good shepherd should. 

Mecko von Larchecain(Logan)
March 3, 2003- January 5, 2012
Logan was the first puppy we got from Germany.  He was quite big for his age.  When we had them out the first night running around in the yard, he decided to go on the back deck.  Needless to say he was a big baby from the start.  He fell off the deck and he acted like he hurt himself just so my dad would carry him.  As soon as he put him down, off he went running.  We spent all summer with him.  I taught him how to go swimming in the kiddy pools, blow bubbles in the water, and do tricks in the water.  Although he was a water pig, my mom did not like how he always made a mess at the water bowl.  Whenever he got the chance, he would get his ears up in water having so much fun.  Logan was an oversized male, in other words, more to love.  I loved that about him though.  He was my big pillow, and I would lay on him wherever I went.  He had a partner in crime named Babsi (Leanna).  But when times got tough, and the right customer came around, we sold Logan to a gentleman.  Logan left this place and moved to Pennsylvania.  There he was a service dog to a veteran of our country.  Logan went everywhere with him.  He would get pampered, car rides everyday, and treats constantly.  It was hard to part with him, but hearing how he was better off, put our mind at ease knowing he was better off.  As Logan got older and as "big boned" as he was, his back started to bother him.  The gentleman who owned him had Logan undergo back surgery in home it would help him.  He was doing better.  But after awhile, the surgery bugged him. In the end, Logan passed away.  His big paws, his loyalness, and his undying love is something no dog can replace.  

Babsi von Trafalga (LeAnna)
November 1, 2003-January 5,  2012
Leanna was a surprise dog to my mom and I.  We were coming back home from dog obedience class with Linzi, and we saw a dog playing in the front yard.  As big as a surprise as Leanna was, we fell in love with her instantly.  Leanna bonded with Logan and those two began to be two peas in a pod.  Those two played together, swam together, and hunted rabbits in the yard.  She was very protective of us and we never had to worry about someone breaking in with Leanna lose. When Logan left, Leanna was never the same.  When we found out that Logan had passed away, Leanna became ill.  Before Leanna went into surgery the next day, she passed away.  We thought that was so ironic.  We like to think that Logan waited for her at Rainbow Bridge.  Those two are probably rabbit hunting right now as you read this.  She will always be missed.  Her sweet personality, along with the summer fun we always had are memories that will never leave us. 

-Jessica Lauterbach
"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
~Will Rogers 
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