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UKC CH Gabriel von Snowcloud, CGC, OFA
Our big guy, and alpha dog, "Gus", was born April 25th, 1997. I 'found' Gus at a
small breeder in Plainfield, IL. Their house was on one of my routes (as I was a
semi-dump truck driver at the time) and I kept seeing Gus's parents out in the yard.
They had such a breath-taking look of nobility to them!!! I just had to stop and
meet them, and wait for pups to come. I had my heart set on a boy; when they came,
there were 6 girls and only 1 boy-my Gus was born!! So, at 6 weeks, Gus moved in
with me. Until he was 2, we lived in a condo; the neighborhood children
(ranging from 2 to 8 yrs.) would knock on my window and ask,
"Can Gus come out and play???" And, I'd hook him on his leash and send him out
the back door to play 'pony, and ball, and Frisbee, and tag, and the like out in
the yard. The little ones just loved that he let them ride on his back!!!
Gus is the friendliest temperamented dog I've ever seen. He even raised his own
kitty---grooming it, letting it eat out of his food dish, and even carrying kitty
around in his mouth- scooped-up with a front & back leg out each side and head out
the front of Gus's mouth!!!!
We moved out to the farm shortly after Gus turned two-- Gus was (and probably still
is!) in doggie heaven here. I had broken my back shortly before moving out here and
was partially paralyzed for 3frac12; months until a fusion surgery. Shortly after the
accident, Gus was trained in as my service dog, able to pull me around, pick things
up off the floor, etc., and, to this day, he wears a harness in bad/cold weather to
help me up and down the stairs. He is so devoted and loyal, always by my side.
Gus is a bigger boy, standing fully 26 inches tall and when he's trim, weighs in at
95 pounds; up to 110 in peak muscular condition. He has fair/good pigment, he has
a snow nose(not a bad one, however), but, his lips/pads/etc. are black, and has
mostly grey skin. His coat is quite white, only having a small amount of biscuiting
on his ears.
As I can't mention enough, Bus's temperament couldn't be any better---he'll bathe
a baby with kisses and sit patiently for pets from a senior citizen (he's done
therapy work at the retirement homes) and has protected me from strangers in
the night. He's our alpha dog, and a great leader of our "pack"; he gets along
with anyone (or dog) that gets along with him. Gus is such a wonderful judge of
character, too-----if Gus didn't like my husband when we had first started dating,
Keith wouldn't be my husband today!! I can trust my life in this dog's hands,
I have a few times so far in his life!!!
Gus has been recently neutered, in June of 2003-he's now over 6 years old, and
the three of the bitches we currently have are his mother, his daughter, and granddaughter.
Look out for his Carbon Copy, "Capone" out there in the show ring, as Capone is
the closest thing there's ever been to another Gus, both in looks, and thankfully,