Boldog General Burkhalter, B, TT, CGC, SchH I
Bred by Diane
Jessup, Boldog Kennel, Washington State
Owned and Loved by Susanne Bunny, New York
Dirk, SchH III, French Ring Brevet, x K9 X-Dog (WSP Explosives Detection)
dreamed of being just like his mommy and daddy!" Here he
is at 13 days, when he was called "GameBoy". That
was before his unique appearance got his name changed to the
character from Hogan's Heroes.
he got bigger, he just got cutier! No one could resist that
But... no one took him seriously as a working dog!
on a very cold November night, Burkhalter and his brother, Boldog
Grim, SchH II, CGC
(when he grew up!) dream about growing up to be working dogs
in front of the wood stove.
his breeder was kinda new at this breeding thing, she really
(really) made a mistake thinking that Burkhalter's easy going
manner and not so hot conformation would preclude him from being
a working dog. Poor Burkhalter got left behind when the rest
of the litter went to the Washington State Patrol to let them
pick out two detection dog prospects. No one, even the trainers
there at the WSP thought he would ever be anything but a pudgy,
to the trainer at the WSP (who adored Burkie) he found him a
nice home with some folks who just wanted a pet dog. They had
a cute little girl about 7 years old that Burkie fell in love
with. But it quickly became apparent that this pup was a "sleeper".
So much for puppy temperament tests! As he matured his prey
drive developed. He could catch birds right out of the air!
He did this and kept a pile of dead birds on the deck of his
new home! Finally his "pet" home realized that a performance
bred pit bull is NOT a good choice to be a lie-around house
dog. They gave him back to his breeder.
to do with Burkie! His breeder started working with him, and
was thrilled at what a great dog he was. But she had too many
dogs already, so thanks to good friend Cyd Cross of New York
(who donated K9 Shaka, a pit bull, to the WSP) she knew of a
friend of hers looking for a pit bull to do schutzhund sport
with. She, too, had a young child for Burkie to play with. Yeah!
Burkie flew back to New York and became a member of the Bunny
family! Susanne and Burkie bonded and, well, the rest of the
and Burkie trained and trained and trained! Burkhalter earned
things like his "TT" (Temperament test) and CGC (Canine
Good Citizen) and his "B" and before they knew it
- they were ready to enter for his schutzhund one title!!!!
Susanne is a very good trainer; she worked hard and got Burkhalter
looking oh so good for the trial. Here they are during the heeling
portion of obedience. Burkhalter had already passed his tracking
in a HUGE RAINSTORM!
the end of the obedience the dog does a "go out" where
they are directed to run down the field as fast as they can
and then lie down when told to. Here Burkie hits the turbo charger!
dogs have to jump the 39 inch jump, and Burkie does it in style!
Burkhalter is one of those dogs who just doesn't know that his
structure isn't great. He jumps with his heart - not his legs!
now the protection phase! First he has to search the blinds
and find the bad guy, and then bark - not bite! - until his
owner arrives to take over.
the bad guy tries to run away and Burkie stopped him. After
being told to release him, he now strikes up a guard, just daring
him to try and move again!
the bad guy tries to attack Burkie, but is stopped. The bad
guy hits him twice with a padded stick. But that doesn't scare
comes the courage test! Susanne and Burkie heel (off lead) up
the field and then when the bad guy attacks them from a distance,
Burkhalter races down the field and "neutralizes the threat".
Then he has to let go and guard the man for a while till Susanne
shows up again.
Susanne shows up she takes the bad guy into "custody"
but good old Burkie heels along keeping an eye on the bad guy
just in case! They bring the bad guy to the judge.
well, well! The pudgy little puppy grey up to win High Score
SchH I at his first trial! And his breeder sure learned a few
lessons from this particular dog! Get a good dog into the hands
of a good trainer - and stand back! And when they are well bred,
don't worry about what they do when they are pups, don't be
afraid to wait a bit on them. Way to go you two, and good luck
on your SchH II in October! Susanne - YOU'RE my hero!