This “Svedala's Majestic Anna-Rose /Excaliburs King of Hearts Zack ” litter is by breeder Kendall Mccoy. AAKS obtained these pups under a breeder's contract. Although AAKS was not the breeder and although AAKS did not own the parents of these pups, we placed them under our own contract with our same written guarantee on health, hips and temperament. We felt comfortable placing these pups and extending our guarantee because we do own two adult “Anna/Zack” dogs from this breeder. Follow these two links for DNA profile PDFs for Anna and Zack.

Holly

 

12/23/08: We got Holly a little bit after 1:00 this afternoon. She has done great and we have all been loving all over her. When we first got home, we were walking her on our front yard and a neighbor's dog came over ( a very tiny dog). Holly whined and backed up against the front of the house. Maybe because she was on a lead? When we came in, we introduced the Schnauzers one at a time. Oscar was first and she whined just a tiny bit. By the third (and final) schnauzer, she didn't make a peep. They have all done great together ever since.

 

She is so sweet and gentle - she has begun to bond with both my husband and myself but seems really drawn to our daughter. She plopped herself down next to her on the rug a little bit ago and proceeded to fall asleep. We all kept going in to look at her during dinner. My parents and sister have all fallen in love with her. She did eat pretty well this evening and has been drinking. We have taken her outside several (actually probably about 4-5 times) in the three hours we've been home but she hasn't done any business outside yet. We have treats in hand for when she does do something during one of her walks. Any suggestions on how to get things moving in that direction? No accidents inside either, yet. Just nothing yet. Thanks for such a WONDERFUL dog. We all love her already. ~ Charisse (North Carolina, USA)

 

01/02/09: We are absolutely in love with her. I keep forgetting she's as young as she is because of both her size and how quickly she is learning. Don't get me wrong, she is of course very puppyish but she is so smart and picking things up very quickly. We took her to PetSmart a couple of days ago and then to the park yesterday. She is still rather timid with new dogs but got on well with a toy poodle that we met as we were leaving the park yesterday. We'll be doing lots of visits to both places for socialization, as well as signing her up for puppy classes soon.

 

She is driving Oscar a little crazy with her wanting to play all the time but Oscar is being pretty stoic about it. We're teaching her not to chase our cat, as right now I believe Holly thinks she is a pretty cool chew toy with a tail. :) She has lots of new chew toys around the house and is learning that she is to chew on those and not the furniture. No accidents in the house in the last couple of days ... she is doing great in that department! Anyway, just wanted to let you know that she is doing well and we adore her. ~ Charisse

 

01/31/09: I am writing to give you a quick update on Holly. We had our last scheduled puppy visit on Tuesday ... she is up to 38 lbs. now, at 4 months old. Our vet said that she is looking great, and one of the vet techs has already claimed Holly as one of her favorites. We have our third puppy class tomorrow. Holly is a very quick learner - she already knows "sit" and is working on "stay". She's also becoming more confident when she meets new dogs. Whenever we are there or at the park, we always receive comments on how beautiful she is.

 

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My daughter is still a little unsure of her when Holly is in one of her playful moods, but loves petting her when she is calm. We're teaching [Holly] to play with Oscar without chewing on his ears. :) She is doing okay in the pottying department, still some accidents but gradually getting better. Like I said before, it's easy to forget how young she is b/c of her size. [The photos above] are Holly at 3 months and closer to 4 mo. old. ~ Charisse

 

02/27/09: Just wanted to do a quick response on how Holly is doing. She is really growing up - I can't believe she's 5 months old already. VERY sweet and smart girl. I love her more every day. My husband is crazy about her as well. She is listening really well ... she definitely knows "no". :) She is still having some house training accidents - those are becoming much less frequent, though.

 

A couple of weeks ago, we had a one-on-one session with the trainer at PetSmart. We were walking down the aisles, practicing loose-leash walking. A little boy (age 7 or 8, I would guess) saw Holly and asked his mother if he could pet her. She asked us, and of course, we said yes. We had Holly get into a sit position and the little boy came over. He put out his hand, which she licked all over. He kneeled down, and Holly immediately went into a "down" position. The trainer was just going on and on about how wonderful that was, and what a good dog she is. :)

 

Whenever we go to the store or park, we ALWAYS get comments about her. Amy, she is a gorgeous dog. I think we may continue to the obedience after this basic class is done. I would like for her to get her Canine Good Citizen from AKC.

 

. . . Even though we don't have any more scheduled puppy visits to the vet, I'm going to take Holly by there at the end of next month and have her weighed. I'll send more pictures at that time. Thanks a million times for this wonderful girl. ~ Charisse

 

03/08/09: Hope things are going well for you and all the doggie crew. I always enjoy the pictures that you send - I want to hold each and every pup - they all look so sweet. I can't believe Holly is as big as she is - at 5 months old. It is funny ... she is so puppyish in some of her actions and behaviors but looks almost like a fully grown dog already. :)

 

I have a couple of questions for you. First, how much do you feed 5 month old puppies? We feed her twice a day - first thing in the morning, and then again around 4:00 - 5:00. I put about 3 cups of kibble into her bowl at a time. She seems to be filling out really nicely, but every once in a while if I look at her a certain way, she looks thin. I'm sure nobody wants an overweight King Shepherd, but just let me know if you think 6 cups a day is a good amount. I'm going to take her by our vet's at the end of the month and have her weighed . . . Last time we took her in, he said that she looked great and didn't make any remarks about weight, so I guess we're on the right track.

 

We switched over a month ago from IAMS to Nutro Ultra, which I am really happy with, even though it's pricier. Holly's coat and skin looked a little dry on the IAMS. One of the trainers at PetSmart recommended Nutro Ultra (Large Breed Puppy formula, of course). It seems to be doing great for her so we'll stick with that brand.

 

Another question - is the hair on their backs usually really, really wavy? She has almost straight hair every where else on her, but it is really wavy on her lower back and tail. Does their hair get longer as they grow older? I know you mentioned they blow their coats in the spring and fall ... does that happen even as puppies too? Thanks for all the answers in advance. :)

 

We are so thrilled with her, and already I can't imagine our lives without her with us. I am not kidding when I say that she is the most wonderful dog we've ever owned. I love my Miniature Schnauzer to pieces and wouldn't trade him for anything, but I have never loved a dog like I love Holly. My husband is crazy about her, too. He loves doing tricks with her every day. She knows "sit", "stay", "down", "shake", and "leave it". I'm constantly amazed at how smart she is. We have 3 more puppy classes for the PetSmart course. I think this summer I am going to do some more obedience at another dog training place close by that I have heard really good things about. Holly hasn't had any house training accidents in over a week, so I'm very happy with the way that's going now.

 

We went to the park yesterday for a long walk, and I've got to tell you about an experience we had there. As we were making our first lap on the path around the park, we ran into an older lady and a couple of her friends that had a very LARGE GSD. Well, [the GSD] Sabrina started lunging at Holly (playfully, not aggressively at all), and Holly got scared and whimpered, pulling back. Of course, I didn't force anything and I talked with the lady at a distance for just a minute. Her GSD was a 5-yr. old rescue. She asked how old Holly was and kept saying how gorgeous she was. We said our goodbyes but then met again on the second lap, this time by the woods. At first Holly was timid again, but this time Sabrina was much calmer, and she and Holly greeted each other very appropriately and got along fine, so we gave them both treats. Sabrina's owner was really nice, an older lady originally from Germany. She and her friends kept talking about how beautiful Holly was. Turns out this lady has had GSDs all her life. I was afraid that she was assuming Holly was a GSD, so I told her that she was a King Shepherd and asked if she had heard of the breed. Almost everyone I talk to has never heard of them, so I am doing my part educating this area :). She had heard of the breed and asked where I had gotten her. So anyway, don't be too surprised if you get a call from a lady with a German accent from NC. ~ Charisse

 

03/15/09: We had our next-to-last puppy class today - "graduation" is next Sunday. I told my husband he would have to go with us to PetSmart one day and see for himself the reactions to Holly. Everyone always asks about her, and wants to pet her. She really is living up to the breed standard, I have noticed. She is friendly but somewhat aloof with strangers. :)

 

When you email back, will you please let me know if you have any experience with either Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul dog kibble or Blue Buffalo brand? I have done a bit of research on the internet re: dog food and am thinking that I want to change both Holly and Oscar to one of these two brands. Let me know if you are aware of any good or bad info. on either. Thanks... ~ Charisse

 

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