First leg (Containers) on his Started Detection Dog title! Not a glorious performance, but he knew it when he found it!

We tried Interiors the second day, and he very proudly and happily found a pair of slippers. Wintergreen slippers? No, plain old ugly sheepskin slippers. He thought he'd gone to Heaven. I did not.

Serra is a Giant Schnauzer. I'm so excited (and exhausted) to be sharing my life with a Giant again. I knew I missed them but I didn't realize how much until I could once again reach out my hand and find a huge brick-shaped head and a coat harsh enough to clean your boots.

I've got a million plans for the "little" fella, but for now we're working our way through Level 2 of the Training Levels book (see over there on the right where it says SHOP PRINTED BOOKS and SHOP EBOOKS?).

So far the little monkey is smart and funny and cute. Syn loves him. They rip and wrestle all day long.

At 14 months, he's around 26" tall, 90 pounds, head like a lead-filled brick, and still the sweetest guy around.

And he hasn't yet met a person, place, thing, or game that he didn't instantly love.

His breeder is Marina Raukhverger at

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Mom Rumba is a Jill-of-all-trades, Grand Champion in conformation, and working in obedience (working in Utility), barn hunt, rally, dock diving (made the US Nationals in 2017), and coursing ability. And she's gorgeous.

Dad Ty is the #1 conformation dog, all breeds, in the United States for 2017. Better yet, he was Reserve Best In Show at Westminster 2018. Even better yet, I've had lots of reports from people I know about how gorgeous he is - and even better than that, about what a true sweetie he is.

Little Man has some big paws to step into - and so far his own paws appear to be plenty big!

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Shhhhhh, he finally fell asleep!