German Shepherd Dog Breed Betterment Registry

Name: Marjorie Zimmerman     (Send e-mail)
City/State: Merrick, NY
Country: USA
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Date of Entry: November 28th, 2010 at 18:32
How you found us: Other
Dog's Name: Avion Metolius of Pioneer Acres
Dog's Call name: Casey James
Dog's Registration No.: DN27142101
Dog's Sex: Male
Frozen semen available: No
Chilled semen available: No
Dog's color: Blk/Tn
DNA Profile Number: (Not given)
OFA Hips Number: (Not given)
OFA Elbows Number: (Not given)
Left Distration Index: (Not given)
- Degenerative Joint Disease: No
- Cavitation: No
- Comments: No comments added
Right Distration Index: (Not given)
- Degenerative Joint Disease: No
- Cavitation: No
- Comments: No comments added
OVC Hips and Elbows Number: (Not given)
BRV/AVA/ANKC Scores: Hips
Norberg Angle(Not known)
Subluxation (SL)(Not known)
Cranial acetabular edge (CrAE)(Not known)
Dorsal acetabular Edge (DAE)(Not known)
Cranial Effective acetabular margin (CrEAM)(Not known)
Acetabular fossa (AF)(Not known)
Caudal acetabular Edge (CdAE)(Not known)
Femoral head and neck exostosis (FH)(Not known)
Femoral head recontouring(Not known)
BRV/AVA/ANKC Scores: Elbows Left: (Not known)     Right: (Not known)
GSD Fed'n. S.A. Hip Scores: (Not known)
"a" Stamp ratings (hips): a1Normal: No   a2FastNormal: No   Noch Zugelassen: No
"a" Stamp ratings (elbows): a1Normal: No   a2FastNormal: No   Noch Zugelassen: No
Thyroid Certification No: (Not given)
Canine Eye Registry Foundation Certification No: (Not given)
Cardiac Certification No: (Not given)
Patella Certification No: (Not given)
VwD Certification: No
Hemophila Free Certification: No
Pancreatic Certification: No
DM Flash Test: Not taken
Titles: * Conformation Titles: American/Canadian: (None)
* Conformation Titles: German: (None)
* Performance Titles: (None)
* Obedience Titles: (None)
* German Working Titles: (None)
* Herding Titles: (None)
* Agility Titles: (None)
* Tracking Titles: (None)
* Rally Titles: (None)
* Versatility Titles: (None)
* Working Dog Sport Titles: (None)
* Miscellaneous Titles: (None)
Other Titles:
Number of Litters: N/A
Problems observed
while whelping:
Age observed:
Any littermates
still owned?
Owned littermates
problems observed:
Age observed:
Problems observed
at a later date:
Age observed:
Aware of any
other problems:
Number of Progeny overall: None
Progeny in each litter: None
Number of siblings: 6
Dog's date of birth: 20 January 2010
Dog's date of death: This dog is still alive
Age at time of death: Cannot determine
Sire: CH. Faithrock Caralon Good Vibrations RN, CD, CH
Dam: BIF AM/CAN CH Avion Josephine of Pioneer Acres
Dog's diet: Kibble/Dry Human Grade, Canned Human Grade, Homemade / homecooked / Special
Supplements: Overall combo (multi-vitamins)
Puppy Series/1yr booster
Puppy Series/1yr booster
Puppy Series/1yr booster
Not known
Not known
Not known
Lymes Disease:
Vaccination types: Not known / not sure
Titers used: No
Spayed/neutered: Not done/NA
Health problems: Elbow Dysplasia, Temperament problems, Gastrointestinal problems, Calcinosis Circumscripta
Age health
problems presented:
4 1/2 months calcinosis circumscripta, temperament prob 5 months of age, 14 months elbows, 17 mos- reoccurrence of Calcinosis Circumscripta ,17 mos of age digestive issues
Diagnosed by
DM Flash Test used: No
Breeder notified of
Health Problems:
Cause of death: This dog is still alive
Confirmed?: N/a
Breeder notified? N/a
Was the OFA DM DNA test taken? No
OFA DM DNA test number:
OFA DM DNA test result: N/A
Did this dog develop DM
during its lifetime?
Too soon to know
If your dog did develop DM,
but tested as Clear or Carrier,
did you notify the OFA or Dr Coates?
Was a necropsy done on this dog? N/A
Did this dog have progeny? N/A
How did the progeny test? N/A
If the progeny of a clear to clear
breeding tested carrier or at risk,
did you notify the OFA or Dr Coates?
Progeny registration number:
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I discovered a large bony mass in CJ's neck at approx 4 1/2 months of age. I immediately brought him to my vet and had many blood tests run on him to determine the cause, and all test results came back normal. He was then brought to a veterinary specialist/surgeon, who again tested him before surgery, and all tests were once again normal. The surgeon diagnosed the bony mass as Calcinosis Circumscripta The mass could not be felt unless CJ's head was extended all the way up and tilted back almost to the neck area on his back. It sat upon partially on and adjacent to the jugular and the nerves going to the cervical portion of his spine. CJ had surgery to remove the mass, but only 95% of the bony mass could be removed without risking paralysis or death. His incision went from the bottom of his ear to his collarbone, and as a result, he could not wear a collar or harness for 3 months.

CJ is a very fearful dog- the slightest thing spooks him. He will exhibit inappropriate responses when he feels threatened or stressed. We are working on this with a certified behaviorist.

CJ was diagnosed with UAP in both elbows on 3/2/11 at the age of 14 months. I had begun to hear clicking sounds coming from his elbows when he woke in the morning. I immediately contacted his breeders and asked if any of the pups in the litter had elbow problems and was informed that 3 other littermates had UAP, CJ making 4 out of 6 with UAP. He had surgery to remove both flaps on his elbows on 4/4/11. The surgery took 5 hours. He was treated with stem cells at the same time, to try to help promote faster healing and to try to slow the development of arthritis in his elbows. I do believe the stem cells have aided in his recovery as he has bounced back much more quickly than expected. Casey has shown signs of arthritis as a result of his UAP. It is not problematic at this time, but it will be, in the future.

7/20/11 The bony mass in the neck of Casey James has come back. The vet believes it is a reoccurrence of Calcinosis Circumscripta. We will see the surgeon again, to decide how to proceed. It seems that 50% of al all breeds with Calcinosis Circumscripta are German Shepherds.

I had Casey James tested for EPI as he has digestive issues with loose stools. His test came back normal. He is now on Tylan, daily, which has remedied his digestive issues.

The Calcinosis Circumscripta seeems to have been absorbed by his body. Took him to the surgeon and neither of us felt the mass :)
Pedigree URL: (Not known)
(Sire side)
( CH. Faithrock Caralon Good Vibrations RN, CD, CH)
CH (US) Kenlyn's Aries V HiCliff ROM (HD-OFA: Good) AOE SELECT EX. CH. Kismet's Sight For Sore Eyes ROM, TC, HIC (HD-OFA: Good) AM/CAN GV CH WeLove DuChien's R-Man ROM (HD-OFA: Good)
Kismet's Sweetheart Deal ROM (HD-OFA: Good)
SEL. CH., ROM (US) TR's Quintessential V Kenlyn (HD-OFA: Good) 2 X AM SEL CH CAN GV Jag of Fran Jo ROM (HD-OFA: Fair)
TR'S Pandora v Kenlyn (HD-OFA: Excellent)
Caralon QED Haley's Comet ROM (HD-OFA: Good) 2X AM CAN GV BIS CH Marquin's Xtra Xtra (HD-OFA: Good) AOE SEL EX BIM CH. Weicho's Flash Dance CD, HT, TC, ROM (HD-OFA: Good)
Marquin's Windsor Lass (HD-OFA: Good)
Caralon QED Red Queen Judeen CH Caralon QED Sword v LeBarland (HD-OFA: Good)
CH (US) Caralon's Queenside of Judeen (HD-OFA: Good)
(Dam side)
(BIF AM/CAN CH Avion Josephine of Pioneer Acres)
AM/CAN CH Avion Braeburn (HD-OFA: Good) Mari-Fiori The Fever (HD-OFA: Good) 2000 GV CH Hickoryhill's Bull Durham TC, HIC, ROM (HD-OFA: Good)
Mari-Fiori's Hello Darlin
Avion Paris (HD-OFA: Good) SEL.CHAMPION WeLove DuChien's Rollins ROM
US CH Avion Advantage PT (HD-OFA: Good)
CH Vanderwerth Liv Tyler Witmer (HD-OFA: Good) AM CH Nike Clayfield Andre Segovia ROM (HD-OFA: Good) CH (US) Rohan's Glass Palace ROM (HD-OFA: Good)
AM CH Nike Clayfield First Love ROM (HD-OFA: Good)
Tia Of Vanderwerth Kansten's Jim Dandy '99 #5 TOP PRODUCING SIRE (HD-OFA: Fair)
Sea-Lairs Savannah

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A huge thank you and tons of hugs to Angus Cook for volunteering his time and efforts to get the GSDBBR working. This could not have been accomplished without his help. We are most grateful for your help, Angus! :)

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