Dirk's Titled Offspring:
CGC, B, SchH II,
Regional SchH 1 Champion 2009
OFA Heart/Elbows Normal, CERF
CGC, APA WP 3, SchH B, Tracking Dog II
OFA Ex, OFA Heart/Elbows Normal, CERF
Boldog General Burkhalter
CGC, TT, TDI, SchH I,
WSP Narcotics Detection Dog
CGC, APA WP1, CL1-R, CL1-H, CL1-S, CL1-F
OFA Good Hips, OFA Heart Normal, CERF
CGC, SchH III, FR
OFA Ex, OFA Patellas Normal, OFA Cardiac Normal, CERF
Sorrells' Ginger Snap
IWPA WDS, IWPA Silver Medallist
Dirk's parents were straight from Bert Sorrells' yard. Let it be said that Dirk comes from "tested" stock and leave it at that. Dirk was very, very fortunate to leave that life behind; it grieves me to think of such an active, intelligent and playful dog living out his entire life on a chain with no mental stimulation. Lucky Dirk - his life is filled with work and play, as it should be.
From what I have seen of the Sorrells dogs they
have one thing in common - a very steady, trustworthy temperament
with humans. They tend to be a little "handler soft",
especially the bitches, but that is appropriate for a powerful
and determined animal in my opinion. We have seen what a pit bull
can do when it is not mentally sound and friendly. Dirk
was a bit of an exception: he had an ego as big as all outdoors
and was as mentally tough as he was physically tough.
I originally took Dirk because I liked what I
had seen of the line (despite some conformational issues) and
I wanted to prove that a "gamebred" intact male American
pit bull could be taken to the highest levels of dog training
with "pure positive" (no leash corrections) training.
In this I succeeded.
Dirk is all bulldog. First and foremost he adores
people. He is physically very tough. He is strong, agile and athletic.
He has superb prey/toy drive and passes it on to his offspring.
And, best of all, he is a happy, fun loving life companion I consider
myself VERY fortunate to have hooked up with. At ten years of
age, he still jumps out of the van, grabs his leash and PULLS!
He lives to work.
Dirk was euthanized after suffering a couple
strokes on Christmas eve, 2011. We went for a last walk around
a beaver pond and he walked. I don't remember ever having seen
Damien walk. It was time. He died in my arms, as proud as ever,
trying to lick the vet who was injecting him. A true bulldog to
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