Linda of Willow Dale Shepherds bred and owned Ch. Willow Dale's Admiral in the mid to late 80s. During that time, she and Linda S. of Cottenwood German Shepherd Dogs got together and began making a list of the Grand Victors & Victrixs and Select Champions, to gain a better understanding of who's who from the past. The list grew to include ROMs, Futurity/Maturity Victors/Victrixs, and any dog who had a published critique. They put all this information together in large (LARGE!) volumes of books.
15 years later: They're a little older--not a whole lot wiser. Linda W. is no longer "in" dogs. Working on the internet she realizes the internet provides the perfect platform in which to publish the "books". It becomes her way to contribute to the breed's past, present and future!
With the continuous contributions from the many breeders through-out the country, the site continues to grow today! This site now belongs to all who admire and promote the continuous success of The German Shepherd Dog.
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Linda Sawaya-Ruhl of Cottenwood German Shepherds was showing Ch. Cottenwood's Michelob at the time Linda W. Was promoting cousin Ch. Willow Dale's Admiral, thus the friendship began. Linda Sawaya-Ruhl went on to breed and own Ch. Cottenwood's Superstition.
15 years later: Linda has remarried and now lives in upper Wisconsin with husband Phil and daughter Sara. She continues to breed German Shepherds along with her husband who raises, trains and races Siberian Huskies.
Debbra Clifford is the daughter of Larraine and Jesse Clifford of Doppelt-Tay fame. She lives in Minnesota where she works for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Debbra focuses on the dogs from the 60 and 70s. She is currently working on the GSDC National Show Results! She is my official "spell checker". A close-to-impossible job--but someone's got to do it! :-)