My name is Christiane Laabs. Animals are my special
passion. That's why they are also an essential part of our family.
In our family there are three of my White Shepherds, Vitus of the Hohensyburg
(born in April 2001) , Tapika of White Conder (born in January 2002) and Becuma von der Herrin vom See ( born in November 2004 )
as well as Abrakadabra´s Berenika, the Nebelung cat (born in
March 2002) and the Ragdoll male Kuschel. The animals grow, learn
and play with my kids ( 9 , 7 and 2 years old ).
They have access to all parts of the house and the dogs of course
"rule" the 600 m² garden.
I am a member of the German Association for White Shepherds (BVWS)
.I am also a member of
the German Regional Association of Noblecat Breeders (RVDE).
The Nebelung is a longhaired, silver-blue shimmering
cat that resembles the Russian Blue. The German word Nebelung
(pronounced nay-bel-ung) means "creatures of the mist,"
which brings to mind exotic animals roaming mysterious forests,
fading away into shadows just before you get close enough
to catch a really good glimpse - an appropriate name for a
feline with a long, luminous coat, glowing green eyes and
an intelligently cautious nature.
The Nebelung's body style is long, slender, and athletic.
Although the Nebelung's body is slim, sometimes even kind
of skinny, it nevertheless is still muscular and strong. They
jump elegantly nad land smoothly and soundless. All their
movements appear fluently, light-fooded and well coordinated.
|Nebelungs can easily jump to the top of the tallest
bookcase.The head is a modified wedge shape, more pointed than
rounded, although the long hair may give a rounded look to the
face. The eyes are slightly oval and widely spaced, and the
ears are large and pointed.
Nebelungs are sweet, gentle, soft-spoken companions that dislike
change and usually need a "getting to know you" adjustment
period. They are reserved around strangers, ranging from hiding
under the bed in terror to warily eyeing the intruders from
a safe distance. But once they adjust and learn that they can
trust their human friends, Nebelungs become playful and affectionate
companions. They get along with other animals and children in
the house very well. They just love to live, cuddle up to their
master or lazily sunning itself on the window-sill, squintingly
stretching out a paw trying to catch a sun beam.
||It is a social family cat that is sensitive for
the men´s mood consoling them in times of sorrow and illness.
The Nebelung is a very devoted pet that can hardly leave the
side of their chosen person but sometimes one can find in places
in the house one never had expected. A long nap in the wardrobe
for example is kind of typical for this cat. The play instinct
is well distinct even up to aged Nebelungs and they play with
cleverness and creativity. Somewhat untypically for cats Nebelungs
sometimes like to paticipate in water games on the edge of the
Berenika took part in an exhibition of RVDE
in August 2002 in Hamburg where she was judged with "V1".
In May 2003 she was mated by Olivin of Berejesa. Three kittens
were born on July 17th, 2003. One of the A-litter, Avery von
der Herri vom See, won the title "best in show"
on her first exhibition. Meanwhile she lives in the Netherlands
with the breeder Marianne Elshout.
|Since the beginning of 2003 White Shepherd are
officially accepted by the FCI, the European umbrella organization
for dog breeding, and though may be shown on exhibitions of
the German national dog breeding association (VDH).
I saw my first White Shepherd in back 1990. Since I was raised
with a German Shepherd in my parent´s house I was fascinated
by this creature and soon decides for myself: sometime when
the circiumstances of my future life will allow this, my own
family will be a pack with a White Shepherd.
|In spring 2002 the air was right and finally Vitus
of the Hohensyburg, a lond-haired male joined us. I found everything
acknowledged I read about White Shepherds before. It is a perfect
family dog with a ballanced character, patient and good-natured.
Once we had the situation that one of our children walked backwards,
tripped over the dog falling on it. Our little boy was startled,
cried and sreamed, but when got up on his feet again he was
even comforted by the dog by licking the kid`s face.
Vitus` sensitivity makes him appear human somehow. He is
a real good companion that seems sensible And although he
sometimes has some silly things in mind there is abosulutely
no doubt about his loyalty towards us. For his training this
sensitivity sometimes is kind of a problem, because he may
not be the right one for some of the popular training methods.
Anyway, he is a brilliant athlete who likes Agility-exercises
very much. Unfortuantely we currently do not have enough time
Vitus is very much fixated on me as his master. He always
likes to be in the same place I am. This seems to be a general
characteristic of White Shepherds: Everytime I move in the
house two "Whithes" and the cat follow me whereever
I go. They all even follow me into the bathroom and wait next
to the bath-tub when I take a bath. But I do not feel disturbed.
In September 2001 Vitus took part in the exhibition EURO
2001 in Münster /GER and was jugded "VV2" which
was good to become European Vice Champion. He also took part
in the exhibition for Federal German Champions in Mendig /GER
in July 2002 and was judged "V".
In May 2003 Vitus took part in the International VDH-Exhibition
in Neumünster/GER, where he unfortunately was only jugded
"GOOD" in the open classement. Only one week later,
in early June 2003, he was shown at the World-Dog-Exhibition
in Dortmund /GER and was judged "VERY GOOD".
The evaluation of the x-raying of Vitus´ hip joint was
"free of any damage (STATUS A)".
Since Vitus got along with us so remarkably well in April
2002 Tapika of White Condor, a long-haired female coming
from the breed of Mrs. Modl (Austria) joined our pack in
Rendsburg/GER. She grew up with us from the 8th week of
her life on. Almost simultaneously with Tapika the Nebelung
cat Berenika came to our house. So like Tapika had a happy
time as a whelp in a "mixed pack" the future whelps
of our own breed will grow up. Tapika was shown on the exhibition
for Federal German Champions in Mendig /GER in July 2002
and was judged "VV2" and won the title "German
Vice Champion". InMay 2003 she also took part in the
International VDH-Exhibition in Neumünster/GER and
was jugded "VERY GOOD" in the open classement.
One week later at the World-Dog-Exhibition in Dortmund
/GER she was judged "V" in thre open classement and became
4th in the overall ranking.
When Tapika´s hip joint was x-rayed the evaulation was "transitional
stage (STATUS B)". I learned not to have a female x-rayed immediately
after having been on heat.
Vitus and Tapika both achieved their readiness to breed by VDH. My
breed "von der Herrin-vom-See"
is under international name protection of FCI and VDH.
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