A well-balanced German Shepherd has a title on both ends!

Performance Award of Merit Champion Caisson's Unconditional Surrender TD HSAs MX MXJ XF OFA
Born:  August 1, 2005
Died:  April 4, 2012

Breeder:  Julie Degen
Owners:  COL E.J. & Julie Degen, Nicky & Lew Bunch

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 "Yankee", PAM CH Caisson's Unconditional Surrender TD HSAs MX MXJ XF OFA, is our "keeper" from our Dallas/Cassie litter.  He was born on August 1, 2005, to our Cassie and is sired by "Dallas", BIS BISS AOE Sel Ex Am & Can Sel CH Kismet's Sight for Sore Eyes HSCs TC ROM OFAh&e.  We are proud to co-own him with Nicky & Lew Bunch of Carousel Farms. 


Yankee is a delightful dog.  Yankee's show career started with some fun wins.  With the expert handling of Christy Heiman, Yankee went best Junior Dog at the Southeast Futurity in April, 2006, under Judge Charlie Mardecz. 

He also earned a major reserve out of the 9 to 12 month class at the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City in June 2006 under Judge Jerry Graham with Scott Yergin at the end of the leash.  A couple of weeks later he earned his first conformation point at an all breed show in Washington State with our good friend Edie Hall handling him. 

Yankee won his first major by going Best of Winners for 4 points under Judge Dan Dwier at the GSDC of Raleigh specialty in March, 2007, beautifully handled by Lenny Brown.

Two weeks later at the Great Lakes Futurity/Maturity, Yankee went Best in Amateur Maturity under Nancy Schneider, owner-handled by Julie Degen. 

That same weekend, Yankee finished his Championship at the young age of 20 months with a four point major under Janice Staley, expertly handled by Scott Yergin.  
Yankee began his Performance Career at the end of 2007 and within 2 weeks in December, 2007, earned FOUR dual titles (Pre-trial Tested herding, Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumpers, and Novice FAST). 
Yankee started the year 2008 right, with earning more dual titles.  He finished his Open Standard Agility title in January, 2008, with 2 first places & a second place (all perfect scores of 100) and earned his first Open FAST leg, placing 2nd to his mother.  Two weeks later, he finished his OAJ with 3 first places and earned his 2nd Open FAST leg.  
In February, 2008, just 3 months after he started herding, Yankee earned 2 Herding Started legs in A course sheep.  He also won a very large multi-breed class for his 2nd leg in Herding Started!  In March, Yankee finished his AXJ (Excellent Jumpers with Weaves) and earned his first AX (Excellent Standard) leg.
In April, Yankee earned his 2nd AX leg AND the next weekend, finished his Herding Started title with another placement! 
The next weekend, Yankee finished his Excellent Standard title and earned his first MXJ leg.  The last weekend in April, he finished his Open FAST title!  In June, Yankee made history when he became the first GSD breed champion to earn an Excellent FAST (XF) title.  At the GSDCA 2008 National, Yankee earned his TD (Tracking Dog) title which also gave him his Performance Award of Merit.  In December, Yankee got his first group placement the first time he was handled as a Special by Jamie Clute.  At the same shows, Yankee also made history AGAIN when he finished his MXJ.  He became the 2nd CH to earn an MXJ, the first male, and is the youngest to have earned it....all in just over a year from when he first began agility (the other CH with an MXJ is Yankee's mother, Cassie!).  In March 2009, Yankee became the first male breed Champion to earn an MX. 
Yankee is currently trialing in Excellent B Standard Agility, Excellent B Jumpers with Weaves, and Excellent B FAST.  He is in training for herding intermediate, tracking (TDX & Variable Surface) and obedience.

Tragically, we lost Yankee in April 2012.  In March 2012, Yankee presented with what we thought was a tumor on his spine.  We sent in the "tumor" and it was diagnosed as an infection of unknown origin.  All tests (pre & post mortem) came back as "negative" or "inconclusive".  Although all fungal tests we were able to test for came back as negative, we believe this was some sort of unknown fungal infection. 

 We did everything we could to save Yankee but the infection destroyed his spinal cord and spread through his body following surgery.  Yankee was a very special boy and we miss him every day.

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