AKC German Shepherd Dogs
AKC Belgian Sheepdogs
to my deteriorating health,
Itza Rion is no longer an active kennel of breeding and stud service.
I do still offer dog training advice.
Gideon at 5 years - April 2000 (28 inches tall, 95 pounds)
Herr Gideon Itza Rion, CDX, CGC,
Therapy Dog - Mobility Assistance,
Search and Rescue
Gideon also is a professional dog model ..
seen here on the cover of the May 2000 issue of
R.C. Steele Pet Supplies
Gideon volunteered his tracking abilities during the February, March 1998 tornado disasters here in Florida. Working on land and off a boat, Gideon worked hard and long with the area police units. He has also had successful finds of Alzheimer's patients.
An obedience dog as well, Gideon has his CDX . Gideon also has paying jobs; he is currently being used for commercial film work (television and print media). He has been used for commercials for dog food, insurance ads, computer technical support videos, selling cars, and other dog related products. He has appeared twice on the "Ask the Veterinarian" television show as the guest dog. Gideon was also filmed tracking for a Tracking Episode for the Petsburgh USA television show. His also appears as the cover dog for the pet catalog company R.C. Steele .. Gideon was the cover dog for their May, 2000 issue.
Gideon has completed training as a mobility assistance dog. He uses his training in real life as my helper. When I was ill and needed a walker because of a bad back and a heart attack I had in August, 1998, Gideon was at my side almost constantly. He's a good partner. Gideon is also a qualified Therapy Dog and performs for area hospitals and nursing homes.
WARNING ! Be careful when you choose a
field for you and your dog! Out of ignorance, I exposed Gideon
myself to a potentially harmful poison while working on Gideon's
skills. An herbicide to kill shrubs had been sprayed on the field
where we train and Gideon inhaled some of the toxic spray. He is
showing no permanent symptoms, but time will tell. I shudder to
what outcome this incident could have had and thank God for giving me a
warning to be more cautious in the future.
More pictures available .. Gideon Pics
Gideon injured his back during the summer of 2000. He is gradually losing the ability to walk without a limp and on his "bad days" displays partial paralysis in his hindquarters. According to one vet, he is developing degenerative myelopathy. To learn more about this dibilitating disease:
"Gideon and Kira"
Colored pencil and ink
© 2003 Brenda "Rion" Sewell
For more information on Canine Epilepsy:
When the inevitability of the loss of a pet
occurs, it is normal to grieve.
Realization of the Inevitable
Dealing with the Loss of a Pet
Itza Rion Kennels has acquired another
of Shepherd .. Belgian
known as Shepherds in Europe and Sheepdogs in the USA, they are the same breed.
For laws governing dog bites as well as
Dog Bite Law
The American Kennel Club
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