|Call Name: Ranger
German Shepherd Dog
Owner: Diana MacKenzie
Handler: Diana MacKenzie
Breeders: Heather Dost & Robert Christiansen
Date of Birth: September 25, 2015
Place of Birth: Ontario, Canada
Diana MacKenzie: Ranger came to live with us at the age of 8 weeks, from Heather Dost and Robert Christiansen of Azka’s German Shepherd Dogs. He was a special pup from the start, learning behaviours quickly and eager to please.
I had him herding instinct tested and found that, like his father, he had a very strong herding instinct so off we went to herding lessons, it enabled us to maintain social distancing and stay outdoors during Covid. Rangers loves his sheep, and in the summer of 2021, he earned his Herding Novice Tested title.
In 2021 we prepared for his CD which he earned in great style earning his Companion Dog title in 3 consecutive trials, earning 2 HITS in his very first 2 trials, he passed every trial I entered him in and earned a 3rd HIT along the way. He also earned the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada’s Benjamin Schultz award as top scoring German Shepherd Dog in novice in Canada that year.
2022 was a wonderful year for Ranger and me, Ranger earned his Rally Champion title, his RMX3, RAE5, his Versatility Novice title, and his CGN. I am very happy with his Top Rally placements of #3 all breed, #1 German Shepherd Dog, and #2 Herding Group, an improvement over 2020 and 2021!
This year we are going to continue to work toward his Rally Grand Champion title and do some Tracking and Scent Detection for fun. Ranger truly encompasses the complete and versatile German Shepherd Dog.
I would like to congratulate all my fellow exhibitors, it was a real pleasure to compete with you all, the friendship and good sportsmanship that we shared made me proud of our sport.