Von Kearanen Talo....
home of Kearanen.
In the early 1900's my grandmother, who was then 16,
had a dream to come to America from Finland. Her ticket here was on the
Titanic. At the last minute, it was discovered that her ticket and the
ticket of a business man had been issued for the same cabin. The
business man was desperate to get to America as soon as possible for
some important business deal. With generosity in her heart, my
grandmother gave her ticket to the businessman.
Her name, Lydia Kearanen. Unsinkable, generous, full of dream.
I was a single
mother for 20 years, working to raise, then put my daughter through
college. I have kept a focus on the ethics, wisdom, courage and
tenacity of my family heritage. That focus kept me going through the
struggles of reaching for my dreams, just as my grandmother did. My
dream, since the 7th grade has been to train service dogs. An intricate
part of that dream has been the German Shepherd. This is my HERITAGE.
~ Fran Jewell
The Philosophy of
I have never
understood what the term "Hobby Breeder" is. It always seems to
me that the term "Hobby" is an excuse for not really taking
responsibility for their breeding. Breeding is a huge responsibility for
the lives that a breeder brings into this world, and the word "hobby"
just doesn't seem to describe to me that responsibility.
I do not have a kennel, either. My dogs live with me. After all,
if they can't live with me, how can I expect them to live with others?
Kearanen Talo, literally means " Kearanen Home" in Finnish, not
primary goal, when I breed a litter, is to have a litter that is as
healthy as possible with a temperament that we can live in our homes and
do the work they were bred for, as well as return to our community
something of themselves.
my dogs' breed worthiness, I have titled them in several areas including
Tracking, Obedience, Sheep Herding, Canine Good Citizen, Endurance,
Agility and/or Pet Therapy. What is unique to von Kearanen
Talo dogs is that I title them myself. I do not and will
not send them out for titling. I have an intimate knowledge of each of
my dogs and how they respond, what motivates them, where their
weaknesses are and what their strengths are. I take great pride in
My hope is to produce puppies that are healthy and strong enough
to do service work - to do something meaningful in their lives for other
people. It is not my goal to produce the toughest Schutzhund dog, or the
top AKC conformation champion. It is my goal to produce blend of
intelligence, biddable temperament, and strength in structure to do the
job of assisting those who are disabled, competing in working trials,
Search and Rescue, or pet therapy. Since those areas are my expertise,
I have a strong knowledge of what skills and natural abilities a
dog for those activities must possess. I have also educated myself on
the breed standard and competed in both AKC and German conformation.
I evaluate them for structural strength through the standard
evaluations ~ OFA, PennHip and CERF and the German show ring.
dogs come from world class German show lines whose parents were
Schutzhund titled and VA or V rated (for conformation) parents, they
have character of confidence, gentleness and correct classic structure
that is neither extreme nor trendy. I think their blend of character
and structure produce the dog that can offer freedom and hope to several
people whose lives will be enriched by having a service dog. I also see
their progeny as highly competitive in working trials such as obedience
and agility, Search and Rescue, or detection work.
I started my lines on foundation bitch, Mavis v Bullinger
(pictured at left). She is so lovely in spirit, graceful,
and full of devotion. Mavis simply wants to share herself with
everyone. I bought Mavis for her temperament and as a foundation bitch
for service dog candidates. However, Mavis' beauty is breathtaking. She
is the daughter of V York v. Bullinger, and the granddaughter of VA
Ursus vom Batu SchH 3. I adore her willingness to strike a relationship with
me. The first week I had her home, I took her to an AKC Canine Good
Citizen evaluation, and she passed! It just said to me how wiling she
was to engage with me and trust me. She is passing those traits along
to her progeny: Brinx, Brekka and Baewulf. One of Mavis' sons,
Baewulf, is a hearing assistance dog in Bellevue, WA. And through
her other son, Brinx, two more service candidates are in training -
Rainier and Merlin.
For service dog candidates, the dog must be
willing to devote themselves to their partner without reservation,
strength of confidence, yet possess sensibility and discernment. Mavis
is indeed all that.
Seeing her progeny grow and excel in anything they
endeavor has been nothing short of heartwarming!
I hope you will enjoy this glimpse
of each of my dogs!
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