Giana vom Fruhlingsbach, affectionately known as, "Annie" died August 17, 2012. Annie was born November 17, 2001 in Claton, CA. to Tarzan V. Tiekerhook and Cora vom Haus Drexel. In 2002 she moved to San Miguel, NM. where she began training in obedience, agility and Schutzhund. In her agility training (North American Dog Agility Council) she received her Novice Chances, Novice Jumpers, Novice Agility, Novice Tunnelers, Novice Touch and Go, and Open Tunnelers. She was working Elite Tunnelers when she took time off to have puppies. In 2004, Annie was preparing to return to training when she was diagnosed with Pannus (a condition, that German Shepherd Dogs are prone to, that leads to blindness), which made competing at such high levels very difficult. She then came to live with Dr. Carver, where she started her new job of public relations and personal protection, she excelled in both. When Annie was young, she loved tug of war and was the first puppy, of her litter, on the tug, and the last one to let go. At 4 weeks, she was the first puppy to retrieve the tennis ball and return it. She retained these traits all of her life. Dr. Carver recalls several times while she was holding a clinic, Annie would see people playing soccer or basketball and would join in and play. Of course, all the balls "belonged" to her. Her training also helped her beg for anything she wanted. She would sit, in a very ladylike "sit" and watch with her big eyes, until you gave her what she wished. Annie was an ambassador for her breed and her training. She made friends everywhere she went. She is survived by her children; Zacchaeus (aka Pocket), Zev, Zane, Zephyr and Zapata. Annie was an exceptional friend and will be truly missed by everyone who met her.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 26, 2012