Nicknames: Snowy, Wiggly Butt, Snow Girl, Princess, Snow-Snow, White Moosi
Birthday: November 17th 2007
Likes: Being a center of attention
Pet-Peeves: Being left alone
Favorite Toy: Frisbees are the best
Favorite Food: Hot dog, Chicken liver, lamb sausage to name a few
Favorite Walk: Partridge Creek Mall (and a stop at Three Dog Bakery), Nature trail behind our house
Best Tricks: Looks cute and getting her way ;P
Arrival Story: I saw the picture of her mom through United White Shepherd Club website, and I fell in love with her. Kyla is beautiful and she always have the biggest and brightest smile! When I found out they were planning to breed her, I had to have her puppy. I was on the wait list for almost 6 months before we were able to bring her home.
Bio: Her registered name is Von Tasz Konstanze of Serenity. She is named after my favorite composer Wolfgang Mozart's wife Konstanze. However my 5 year old daughter motioned that her name had to be "Snow White" and it was second by my 3 year old son. So Snow White it is... She is full of attitude and energy (what alittle puppy should be). Her parents (Hugo and Kyla) have done very well in shows and herding. Their pictures can be seen at vontasz.com.
13th Annual American White Shepherd Association (AWSA) National Speciality Show is coming up in less than a month away, and the AWSA staff was asking donations to spensor award trophies. So mom decided to make a small donation in honor of PFC Stuart W. Moore. Well, I will let mom tell you the story....... Snowy
I work for the US Army as a civilian. When I was working in Giessen, Germany 3 years ago, one of my "additional duty as assigned" was a "Commander's hotline administrator" . It is basically a complaint hot line, and my job was to look into the problems and resolving the issues, or do what I can to help. Most of e-mails that I received were mundane gripes, something like: people aren’t picking up after their dogs in the housing area, or vegetables in the commissary weren’t fresh enough - you got the picture.
However I was so moved by an e-mail I received from Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Moore of Livingston, TX.
A simple e-mail stated:
“Dear Commander, Our son was killed in Iraq last year. The Captain who helped us with the funeral said one of his medals was missing. I contacted the unit but most of people who knew Stuart were gone. Can you help us get his medal? As time pass no one will remember. Dennis & Pam Moore”
As a parent myself, I couldn't imagine the pain they suffered. On top of their great loss, how frustrating for them to resort to a commander's hot line for something like this, that should have been corrected immediately. All they wanted was to obtain a small piece of their son’s memento, and they probably felt like the world around them had forgotten their son's ultimate sacrifice.
Fortunately, I was able to assist them by finding and contacting Stuart's unit Sergeant Major, and Mr. & Mrs. Moore were presented with Stuart's missing medal in an honorable manner.
Yet, their painful reference about Stuart would "soon be forgotten" (“As time pass no one will remember.”) saddened me, because his sacrifice should never be forgotten. So I was compelled to write to Mr. & Mrs. Moore and promised that I would never forget their son’s sacrifice.
And I kept my promise. Of course, Mr. & Mrs. Moore would never know about Stuart being honored in a dog show trophy, or in a little brick memorial in a park, far away in Michigan. But when I have a chance to tell his tale, I know he is being remembered and honored by those who read it.
Missy (Snowy's Mom)
“PFC Stuart W. Moore was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, stationed in Giessen Germany. He was killed December 22, 2003 by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. He was only 21 years old.”
My little human brother (3 years old) and sister (5 years old) were watching mom and I practice showing one day. After we were finished my little sis tried to put me on a stack and said "good stand!" just like mom says to me. Mom saw it and thought that was so precious - so she decided to bring them to the show and let them enter in the peewee class junior handler.
So the little brother handled me and little sister handled one of mom's friend's dog, CH Royal's Lord Zeus. He is huge but he is very laid back and gentle - perfect for a junior handling.
The judge was so kind and patient with them. She talked to each kid, explaining to them how shepherds were used as working dogs and that was why they had to be big and strong. Then they each took their turn going around the ring. I let my little boy lead me around the ring just like I do with mom. Mom said I did a fantastic job! Zeus, on the other hand, could move a little slower, but he couldn't help it - he was just too big and strong.
At the end, rather than selecting one winner, the nice judge demanded "I need two trophies" so the show secretary had to go find an extra trophy. The judge awarded my little sister the "Best Girl Handler" and my little brother the "Best Boy Handler"! How cool was that?
I could tell mom was so happy to see the babies looking so proud of themselves. But she was also so proud of me for being so gentle with my inexperienced handler!