"Remarkable in his unswerving loyalty to his master, irrepressible in his high spirits,
never idle, always in motion, good-natured but not a flatterer, a constant pleasure
to the eye."
This is the description that Prussian Captain of Cavalry Max von Stephanitz, who
founded the German Shepherd Club over a hundred years ago, used to describe Horand
von Grafath, the spirited ancestor of all German shepherd dogs which was born on
the first of January 1895 and first registered as Hektor Linksrheim before being
acquired by the captain.
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his
love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
A sad tribute to a dog named Gerlert stands in the North Wales town of Beddgerlert.
In the thirteenth century, Gerlert's master, a prince, returned from the hunt to
find his infant son missing and his crib bathed in blood. Seeing Gerlert's bloody
mouth and fearing the worst, the enraged prince stabbed and killed his pet.
Gerlert's yelps of pain awoke the baby - who was hidden amid the blankets. Under
the bed, the prince found a dead wolf. It's throat had been torn out.