The vast majority of emails I get are supportive and appreciative of my articles and particularly the lack of judgemental bias that they contain, but the emails that do not impress me are those that blame all 'their perceived woes' of the German Shepherd Dog on Walter and Herman Martin.
An example of this can be seen as a comment to my website blog (click here) in regard to the topline article from a Mr Albert Ross.
Generally these emails come from people who long for the dogs of the 60's. They tend to be people who have an inflated opinion of their knowledge of canine structure and the German Shepherd Dog.
I have no problem with anyone that prefers the dogs of the 60's, that's their prerogative just as the 'style of dogs' that Walter and Herman preferred was their prerogative but Walter and Herman are long gone and their influence on the breed and the style of dog they preferred has been greatly diminished.
Some people are happy to criticise and even libel people that are no longer here and they obviously have deep need to criticise people that have no further influence, yet when it comes to saying something publicly about today's movers and shakers, the people who have an influence on the breed now ''the silence is deafening'', and that's not always because they think its rude or impolite, its too often because they fear some form of retribution against them or more particularly their dog in the show ring.
The photos below are the photos that were used by the SV in their Sieger Show publication. Any comments about the quality of the photos are therefore best directed to the SV not me.
On the first line are Walter's last claim to fame. They are the 'German Sieger' and 'German Siegerin' male and female dogs of which he was most proud, Zamb v d Wienerau and Vanta v d Wienerau.
Walter held Zamb in very high regard and hoped that he would have a great influence on the breed and he considered Vanta to be a bitch that was getting very close to his idea of the ideal German Shepherd Show Dog.
Keeping in mind the context of this post, the dogs on the second line, a corresponding German VA male VA and female, whilst not necessarily typical [I don't know what is anymore] they are an example of today's winning show dogs.
I enjoy writing about the dogs and offering education to those who seek it but I am not the breed's guardian, I am not responsible for past deeds nor am I someone who has the slightest impact on the breed's current or future development in Australia or elsewhere. That's the domain of the breeds authorities and in particular SV judges and people such as Herr Quoll.