Lotta combined West German show lines and Scandinavian working lines, and possessed remarkable beauty and a solid gold temperament. She was a one-person dog and she changed my life forever. I lived in Eastern Europe at that time, and she accompanied me everywhere - for security and for pleasant company. I always walked her off-leash, even in busy city streets. She listened to my every word, and other people did not exist for her. She knew to never cross the street without my permission, even if there was a stray cat on the other side!
I became a member of a local GSD club, attended every class and seminar on GSD available, took Lotta to training sessions (she was undeniably the smartest dog in the class), and eventually took SV judge courses and started my apprenticeship at shows. However, being in the ring and handling a dog was the most exciting thing for me, and I truly enjoyed the months-long SV handler training. This is how I became a handler under the SV system.
Now, Lotta is gone, and as a tribute to her memory, my husband and I have established a kennel, “von Lotta”
(“from Lotta” in German), where we strive to breed dogs as perfect as Lotta was, so that other people can experience the happiness of having a well-balanced GSD.