The Ganymede Saga
A dog's merit is not measured by how many shows he (or she!) wins or how many champions he produces, but his merit is measure by the loyalty and love he gives unconditionally every day. It is with this message that we have come to tell you a little about Ganymede. If we rescue or take back a dog, she stays here, as we could not bear to see her in another home where she is not appreciated! We do not believe in peddling a dog if he can no longer produce or win. We believe that good Lord's greatest gift is our little people (ie the dogs)!
Ganymede's name comes from a moon in the heavens; it was the name of my parent's kennel. Yes, I was brought up with dogs; my mother had a very well-known German Shepherd kennel. Her dogs stemmed from the Longworth and Oldehove kennels. I would go to the shows with my mother showing the Shepherds. I also did the kennel work, so I was not new to the world of dogs.
When Lloyd and I got married, we decided that we needed a dog. At that time we got a Norwegian Elkhound. While he was a very nice dog, he didn't seem to fit the bill. Lloyd told me about a beautiful black dog he had as a child, so we began our search. Finally, in Dog World we spied a few kennels listed for Belgian Sheepdogs. They looked just like the dog Lloyd had in his youth. Subsequently, we proceeded to write to these kennels. Thus, I decided to get Lloyd one for his birthday, so it came to pass that I bought Florimel de Fume (at seven months of age) in 1955 [should be 1957?]. Jet, as she was known, was not only beautiful, but also very intelligent.
Jet came by rail. At that time, many breeders sent by rail. Poor Jet was on the way for a week. When she arrived, one of her eyes had been injured. It healed up nicely and only left a small scar. But, that did it. We decided if we couldn't have a dog sent by air we simply wouldn't get one.
Jet never cared much for the shows. If she thought she was going to a show, she would begin to limp. So we would leave her home. When we came home she was fine. Finally, it dawned on us: she was fooling us. Even at that, she had about nine points and both majors. Jet had two litters for us - sire by Alardo (Lad).
2000 The Belgian Annual p54-55
Our first Belgian and the reason we started breeding Belgians. Jet was a lovely bitch with great intelligence, a great watchdog. She died much too soon. A Belgian I will always wish we still owned. A real credit to the breed. Our great thanks to Shirley Brown for this wonderful dog. BSD Hndbk VolI p142
Sheila Ruth Rentschler
81 years old, Sheila was born November 29, 1933 in Peoria, Illinois to Walter Schultz and Geneva Sommers Schultz. She passed away on February 2, 2015 in Lynnwood, Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Rentschler on November 13, 2012. Sheila will be laid to rest next to him in Floral Hills Cemetery, Lynnwood, Washington. Arrangements under the direction of Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 409 Filbert Road, Lynnwood, Washington.
9 AKC points w 2 majors