Thursday, November 18, 2021

2021.10 Jake's 12th Birthday MONTH!

Jake had his 12th birthday last month so instead of just celebrating the DAY we decided to make it a celebration of the MONTH! Everywhere we went he shared his birthday muffins which were a great hit and he was, as he always is even though he struggles at times, a happy boy!

  • Helping out with Lynsie's Scentwork class!
  • The last swim and bath with Steph at SwimDog!
  • Pat's visit brings toys!
  • Hanging out at a rally class with Karma!
  • Scent work practice at Winnegamie Dog Club!
  • A visit to Dr. Jeff at Great Lakes Vet!
  • Doing a demo at a rally class at WDC!
  • A walk through the yard with wheels!
  • Enjoying being the center of attention at Rally RunThru's at Winnegamie!
  • Hanging out in the yard!
  • The second to last ever visit to SwimDog!
  • A party at Winchester Town hall with Cutter and Karma!
  • A birthday celebration (including a peanut butter milkshake) with Laura at Culvers!
  • Visits from Rhys and Mary Ann, Mica and James, Ryan and the gang, Winnie and Curt, and Marissa!
  • Scent work and a party on the lake in Winneconne with Cutter and Pat, and OJ, Aubrey, and Laurie!



Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Don't Count Him Out!

 "Don't count him out", they said! From wheels to better to wheels to better... Jake never ceases to amaze me!

Since swimming wasn't working well for his back and it took him days to recover from a 20 min swim, we stopped doing that and substituted "biting the water on the deck" fun! A little of that is first on the video, then some brain-games (aka nosework) and more back and rear end strengthening in the living room!


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Super Sniffin' Ribbons Displayed

Jake's AKC Scent Work and UKC Nosework final ribbon display is done and I couldn't be happier!  Every ribbon has a story (as Laurie reminded me when she saw the display) and, bottom line, these all will not just remind me of the fun Jake and I had together but of the friends who were by my side the whole time.

The UKC ribbons are on the right.  

  1. The rainbow Elite ribbon was earned on my birthday which was also mother's day in 2018 at Beaver Dam and as I recall. Rose and Austin earned Elite that day also.  

  2. The Elite Champion ribbon (the long one with the tear in the ribbon because it hung out of my van for who knows how long) was earned in 2020 in the Quad Cities.

  3. At the same time the overall Nosework Champion title was earned.  There was no ribbon for the overall title and when I told Ester recently, she immediately offered me one from the Wausau club where Jake got most of the overall legs so that ribbon was added this past weekend!  

The AKC ribbons are on the left.  

  1. On the top is Jake's Master ribbon earned in 2019.  After the trial, I asked Ester to take the photo with my phone that turned out so good that Pat framed it and surprised me with it.  That trial was bittersweet at the time because Jake's health had deteriorated and I retired him (for the first time) that day.  

  2. Six months later Jake had improved enough to finish the Master Elite title in August 2020 earned one week after the UKC Champion title.  Again, the title was earned at a trial  in IL with no unique title ribbons so Lynsie surprised me with this special ribbon to add to the collection. 

  3. Lastly, the big ribbon is for Detective earned in November 2020 in Ohio.  The club had a loaner ribbon for photos and I liked it so much that I bought one like it (which is a whole other story :))!   

Friday, July 23, 2021

Searchin' on Wheels

 Jake is not fond of his wheels because he thinks he can do everything just fine without them (he can't) but once he gets started he cooks right along.  Sometimes a quick turn will tilt it so I have to be alert or it will topple over with him in it.  The few times it's happened, he's been pretty nonchalant about it and just stayed on his side waiting to be rescued and off he went again to whatever he was doing!!   


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Cleaning the yard of Buckthorn trees - again!

So what did you do in the rain this morning? Jake had a blast showing off his talent of digging up buckthorn trees(invasive) in our woods! He eventually succeeded in getting out the roots that he was pulling in this video! This was one of about 3 or 4 he pulled out that were 4-5 feet tall. I locate one, kick the dirt and leaves away from the base and then after taking a huge sniff to determine that it really is buckthorn, he digs down to the roots before grabbing and pulling them out. They must have a distinctive odor and he also knows enough to pull the roots where there are no thorns.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Jake's successful 2019

Jake had a SUCCESSFUL 2019 and added 17 AKC titles to his plaque at the recent Winnegamie Dog Club banquet and received certificates for the non-AKC titles he earned.
  • He topped out in AKC Scent Work in an overall Master title (the 32nd dog to earn the title in the country and the first in Wisconsin), and Master Elite titles in Interior, Exterior and Containers
  • Other AKC titles earned were Rally Novice and Novice and Open Stunt Dog!  
  • Non-AKC titles earned were:
    • NADAC Agility: Hoopers and Barrelers
    • UKC Nosework Master Champion (First German Shepherd Dog to earn this title in WI)
    • C-Wags Nosework Level 4 (Super Sleuth)  (First dog to earn this title in WI)   
MNCH EHD (UKC Nosework), RATCHX4 (Barn Hunt) Jake von der Alte Baum RN (AKC Rally), SWM SCME SIME SEME & SHDE (AKC Scent Work) DJ (NADD Dock Jumping), SR Express & BA Junior (Dock Dogs), OSD (Stunt Dog), CGCA & CGCU (Canine Good Citizen), TKP (Trick Dog), IHC & IBC (NADAC agility), CW-SSS (C-Wags Nosework)  

Note: To get these higher titles, Jake earned 75 individual titles none of which would have been accomplished without the help of trainers and friends along the way...  you know who you are... and if you're reading this, know that I love and appreciate all of you


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Jake's Agility Adventures!

Two years ago I took Jake to agility lessons for fun and we participated in a few NADAC Video Runs at K9 Corps Agility and earned one leg.

Intro Skilled V Hoopers:1  Jake (17-07186)  Laurel Stone  Lemon  08/01/2017  q  

We did very little last year but this year decided it would be good exercise for both of us so started with lessons from Jeff Reidl at Dogwood Acres (K9 Corp Agility) and Jake didn't miss a beat!  Me - not so much so he compensated for me saying the wrong thing and just followed my hand motions!  I am very careful to not let him jump much and the highest he will have to jump in 12 inches because of age and we also won't be doing the weave poles but we will be having fun!

Last week we did 2 Video Runs and, oh surprise, passed both!  Jake has matured nicely into a dog who now actually listens to me on the course!  I guess all that rally and obedience training we've done have made a difference!!  :)

Laurel Stone  04/16/2019  Passion  Jake  17-07186  Skilled- Intro Regular-1  Q  Congratulations! 
 Laurel Stone  04/16/2019  Passion  Jake  17-07186  Skilled- Intro Regular-2  Q  Congratulations!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Jake's FUN day! Dock Diving AND Barn Hunt!

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Jake had a SUPER day today doing 2 (yes TWO) of his favorite sports! Thanks to Three Hounds Training Ground (BeckyDianeRick - it was great seeing you again!) for offering the NADD Dock Jumping event and practice Barn Hunt! 

I limit Jake's jumps these days to one splash/wave a day because he is, after all, 9.5 years old and he still gives it all he's got! And thanks to my good buddy Minna for helping me hold the wild man back so he wouldn't charge the dock before his turn! 

We hadn't done Barn Hunt for 2 years and when Jake (1st RATCHX in the history of Barn Hunt and silver medalist at the 2014 nationals) realized that's what we were there for he got really excited and lost no time finding 5 rats in the first run and 2 more in the second one! Thanks Sue for that great opportunity!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Jake’s Videos

RATCHX4 (Barn Hunt) Jake von der Alte Baum CGC, Speed Retrieve and Big Air (Dock Dogs), UKC ELITE title, ETD (Expert Trick Dog)
Jake's ribbons  2015.12.17

Sunday, September 9, 2018

CGCA, CGCU, SCA, SEA, SWA–More Titles!

Jake had a variety of activities this weekend. Yesterday he completed his AKC Advanced Scent Work title by finishing the containers and exterior element titles. He was on fire for one of the exterior searches taking only 28 sec. for 2 hides and winning 1st place of his class of 23 dogs! Today he passed all the required skills for the Canine Good Citizen Advanced AND the CGC Urban test! He is such a fun dog!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

He earned his keep today!

Jake surely earned his keep today!  I was clearing some brush in the yard and heaving it over a fence.  A piece caught my glasses (no line bifocals..$$) and flipped them off of my head which I didn't realize immediately until I had walked around a bit.  I searched to no avail because weeds were high so I brought Jake into the picture.  Into the house we go.  I got another pair of glasses, sat down with treats in one hand, glasses in the other and taught him "glasses" just like I've taught him other odors to search for.  It took him 5 times for him to get it.  Then I did a few times of hiding the glasses in the house and he alerted on them.  Off to the weed patch where I tossed the practice glasses down a few times and he found them.  Then told him to search more and he started sourcing on a raised bed (unused but with weeds) and, lo and behold, there they were. He first started sniffing on the outside of the concrete blocks through the holes and then went around to the side where they had landed.  I first thought they had flipped over the fence with the brush so had him searching there but he came out to the concrete blocks.  This whole process took 20-30 min. from the time I started teaching him. I recreated the find to take the photo. What a dog!! 

2018.8 Jake finding glasses

Monday, July 30, 2018

AKC Scent Work Trial–2018.7.28-19

Thanks to the Scent Work Club of Central WI for a successful trial! Judges Renea L Dahms and Tracy Perrine did a great job and all the friendly volunteers kept it running super smooth! And a final thanks to Rob Duberstein who gave up his Saturday to take awesome photos for us to share!

Jake added 12 new legs to his climb up the AKC Scent Work ladder getting 5 new titles (Handler Discrimination Novice, Exterior Novice, overall Novice, Buried Advanced, and Interior Excellent) while getting 4-1st place, 2-2nd place, 2-3rd place and 1-4th place ribbons! We learned a lot, made new friends and now know just how far down 6 and 8 inches is for the excellent and buried hides which have become yet another training opportunity for us!!! :)

2018.7.28 SW Trial SP (4)2018.7.28 SW Trial SP (6)2018.7.28 SW Trial SP (9)2018.7.28 SW Trial SP


Friday, July 20, 2018


Some fun photos from NADD Dock Diving near Biglerville PA! 

Julian Henry handled him for one of the jumps and looks like he is a seasoned pro!!

2018.7.6-7 NADD Round Barn PA (1)2018.7.6-7 NADD Round Barn PA (3)2018.7.6-7 NADD Round Barn PA (5)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Relearning the dock!

I spent MONTHS teaching Jake to NOT go down the ramp but rather jump off the dock so he could do dock diving. Now, so he can continue swimming and not over-stress his back/rear end, (he only has one hip due to an accident when he was a wee one and removal of the head of the hip at 4 months old) I'm reversing course to make it easier. Also, to make it easier is the reason why he has a life jacket on again. Today, he is showing off and teaching Micah (James Affeldt) who is barking in the background that it's really fun to retrieve in the water even though jumping 16'.6" (person best jump) is not a part of it! He just turned 8 and he still thinks he can do it all so unfortunately I have to be the voice of reason for him!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Agility! Who’d a thought it?

A little hard to see but there are hoops, weave poles, jumps, a tunnel and some barrels and cones. this is my yard. In July, Jake and I were introduced to NADAC agility and I realized that I could learn to direct Jake around the course and not run!  Sounded good to me!  We started taking lessons with Jeff at K9 Corp Agility.  He was a great student and excelled in lessons but then we did a few trials until he realized he was pretty much on his own and could get away with stuff such as greeting the helpers and doing the course in the order HE chooses!  SO, we focused on training and having fun!  Not that he didn’t have FUN at the trials because he sure did! 


Here we are at training.  And check out the videos by clicking here



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More UKC Nosework!

Oct 9th Jake participated in more UKC Nosework and received his ELITE CONTAINERS title with a 1st Place and High in Class award. He also achieved his MASTER EXTERIOR title in the pouring rain with wind again placing 1st and finishing his MASTER overall title. Not bad for a morning's sniffing!!

He now is two EXTERIOR legs short of his overall ELITE title but that will have to wait until spring when there are again UKC trials within my 90 minute travel radius! :)

I couldn't be prouder of this fun, goofy, driven guy who is sharing my life and opening up my eyes to all that can be accomplished with dedication and consistent training! Next up - looking forward to AKC Scent Work next year and are diligently practicing BURIED HIDES whenever we can!

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Certificates arrived recently! 2017 final levels for Jake in UKC Nosework! So proud of this guy! Thank you to the Central WI Dog Sport Club and the Working Dogs of North Central WI club for hosting trials. Without these clubs and their dedicated members, these achievements would not have been possible!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

UKC Handler Discrimination

Jake passed legs 2 and 3 for the UKC Handler Discrimination Novice title in Sheboygan WI today. In this Nosework class the dog must alert on the handler's scent (that would be me). There was a glove I scented in the box that he alerted on. He stopped at the box about 12 seconds into the search but because he has lied to me in the past I had to be sure before I called Alert at 19 seconds which actually put us in 4th place! Some fast dogs at this event!! :)
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dock Dogs and a First Place in Finals!

August 4, 2017

Jake jumping with Dock Dogs at the Winnebago County fair this week. Looking forward to bringing him back for Speed Retrieve on Sunday! He has such fun!! Thanks Laura for taking the video!!

August 6,2017

O.M.G. To follow up the video I posted of Jake jumping with DockDogs on Wednesday. We went back to the Fair yesterday to jump in a Big Air wave and Jake jumped 11'11". He has jumped shorter jumps each year from a personal best of 16'6" (he is going to be 8 after all!). I was fine with that but the announcer said that's his lucky number. Well, today we went back to do Speed Retrieve (jumping in and swimming fast to the end to get a bumper) which he loves to do. As I was thinking of leaving, I was asked if Jake was going to stay for the finals because HE QUALIFIED IN THE UNDER 12 FOOT CATEGORY with his 11'11" jump! So, of course we stayed and then he jumped 13'6" to take FIRST PLACE! And the icing on the cake is that when you take first, DockDogs puts $100 in your account to be used for future jumps!! Finally, he is paying his way! I couldn't be prouder of this crazy dog!!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

More UKC Titles

Jake and I were on a 13 hour adventure to a UKC Nosework trial and he did me proud again going 4/4 with 3-1st places, 1-2nd place and 2 High in Trials! He also got titles for Advanced Exteriors, Superior Containers and Advance Nosework. What a guy! Thanks to the judges Sharon Jonas and Joanne Soyke and the hardworking members of the Working Dogs of NC WI club! Halfway through the day he got to hunt rats at the Barn Hunt nearby and located 6 of them in 2 minutes! Looking forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Back on the dock!

Jake was back on the dock this morning! And he was over-the-top excited! Oh, wait, he's always over-the-top excited when he's jumping in the water! He is supposed to stay down and his cue to leave is my arm swinging back. (He thought of that himself!)

2017.3.22 Jake SwimDog


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Jake’s C-WAGS Level 4 Run

Jake's rocket run of 1 min. 26 sec. (5 min. allowed) in Level 4 of C-WAGS Scent Detective games. He had to find 4 odors (birch, clove, cypress, lemongrass) in an area of about 1200 sq. Jake thanks you Renea L Dahms of Pawsitively Unleashed in Stevens Point for bringing these fun NOSEWORK games to Central WI! :)

2017.3.19 C Wags Level 4 run Jake

Thursday, February 9, 2017

2016 Accomplishments!!

Dog Owner Date Class Time Placement High in Class Location
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-05-06 Master 1 min. 57 sec. 1 yes Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-05-08 Master 2 min. 31 sec. 3 ------ Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-05-08 Master 1 min. 53 sec. 3 ------ Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-08-14 Master 2 min. 30 sec. 3 ------ Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-18 Master 2 min. 20 sec. 2 ------ Wausau
SUMMARY for Barn Hunt: Finished RATCHX4 title w/5 legs w/3-3rd places, 1-2nd place and 1-1st place w/a High in Class
Dog Owner Date Venue Class Jump Placement Location
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-06-10 Pier Pups Open 13'3" 2 Fond du Lac
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-06-10 Pier Pups Open 15' 2 Fond du Lac
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-04-16 Dock Dogs Speed Retrieve 10.945 sec 3 Oshkosh Suburu
Jake Laurel Stone 2015-08-04 Dock Dogs Speed Retrieve 9.673 sec. 5 Oshkosh Co. Fair
Jake Laurel Stone 2015-08-20 Dock Dogs Speed Retrieve 11.014 sec. 3 Appleton Scheels
SUMMARY for dock jumping: Finished SPEED RETRIEVE (DockDogs) title w/3 legs w/2-3rd and 1-5th place. Also, with Pier Pups, 2 long jumps (13'3"/15') w/2-2nd places.
Dog Owner Date Title Class Venue Placement Location
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 PTN Pre-Trial Novice (Birch) UKC n/a Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 PTA Pre-Trial Advanced (Anise) UKC n/a Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 PTS Pre-Trial Superior (Clove) UKC n/a Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 NC Novice Container UKC 1st and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 NI Novice Interior UKC 1st and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 NV Novice Vehicle UKC 3rd and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-11 AI Advance Interior UKC 1st and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-11 AV Advanced Vehicle UKC 3rd and 4th Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-01 PTA Pre-Trial Master (Myrrh) UKC n/a Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-01 PTS Pre-Trial Elite (Vetiver) UKC n/a Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-01 AC Advanced Container UKC 2nd and 3rd Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 NE Novice Exterior UKC 1st and 1st Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 NN NOVICE NOSEWORK UKC total of 8 legs Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 SV Superior Vehicle UKC 2nd and 2nd Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 SI Superior Interior UKC 1st and 1st Wausau
SUMMARY for UKC Nosework: 5 PTs (birch, anise,clove, myrrh and vetiver), 9 Element titles (18 legs, NOVICE Container, Interior, Vehicle, Exterior, ADVANCED Interior, Vehicle, Container, SUPERIOR Vehicle, Interior - 7-1st place, 3-2nd place, 7-3rd place and 1-4th place), NOVICE NOSEWORK title (8 of legs previously mentioned)