How it all began, written by Tina a few months before she died in 2018.....
My late husband Gerry, and I came into the world of German Shepherds in 1976. We began with obedience and the showing of our dogs in Open and Championship Breed shows. By the early 80’s our home bred dogs were achieving CC’s, Res CC’s and Junior warrants. We moved to our current premises in 1986; Gerry and I had a vision for the future of Iolanda kennels, we excitedly put our vision into action and began to build the future of the Iolanda German Shepherd. We wanted our name to be recognized for it’s outstanding breed line, temperament, health and winning dogs….slowly that began to happen.
Sadly, Gerry passed away and I questioned whether I could, or would, continue without him. But the enormous passion I had for the GSD could not be discarded and I knew that Gerry would not have wanted all the hard work we had done together to be forgotten, so I continued to finish the journey that Gerry and I had started together. Very soon I was producing Champions and Iolanda Rena was one of the best, but she was not the last. I have since produced many others, Indo vom Tamaraspitze, Irko vom Nivalda, King Gim, Coco Chanel to name a few.
As well as home breeding, I have also imported my outstanding dogs. One of earlier imported males was Mark od Gim-A. Mark’s bloodlines are a combination of Italian and German, his Sire was the Italian VA5 Male, Max Dell Alpe Adair. Mark’s Mother, Telga Von Wienerau is of German origin and was bred by the world renowned Wienerau Kennels. This excellent combination of bloodlines was an opportunity I could not resist! In 2017, I travelled to Italy and bought back, a top male and female. The male, Hettel di Casa Mary, had yet to reach his potential, but I had high hopes for him. Based on his bloodlines – he was a son of Schumann von Tronje VA VA1 IPO2 and Naila di Casa Mary SCHH1 IPO1, he has not disappointed, winning multiple CC’s just in 2018 alone. Draga von der Orangerie, the female, also had the breeding of a top bitch I was looking for. She is out of Merlin von der Bechtaler Burg, IPO3 and Olga vom Zellergrund SCHH1, IPO1, and she too has won (combined)multiple RCC’s and CC’s in 2017 and 2018.