We here at “German Shepherd Adventures” like to feel that we are fair in our dealings with contrasting or even belligerent opinions. Recently, I received a post after a reader discovered an article about Omorrow German Shepherds and the owner, Rhonda Sellers. I’ve only heard 2, (count themTWO, ) negative comments about Rhonda and her dogs in 5 years, so I was intrigued. I could have ignored it, I could have responded in a less than professional journalistic way. But I’m not that kind of guy. Therefore, I am copying below the actual text of the Post, with name and e-mail as provided by the author. I have left in the grammar and spelling as recorded.
Author : Bethany White (IP: 18.104.22.168 , 184-15-109-34.dr02.chtn.wv.frontiernet.net)
E-mail DELETED BY GSA AUTHOR/EDITOR
Whois : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/22.214.171.124
I am absolutly SCHOCKED that people are actually promoting this back yard puppy mill
breedeer with praise!!! She (Rhonda) breeds dogs with NO health or HD/ED clearances.
She breeds colors that are FAULTS in the breed standard along with huge size and NO
working ability!!! Have any of you people EVER even read the breed standards??? Has
Rhonda??? German Shepherds ARE working dogs designed by Max vom Stephaniz to be a
working dog!! Not layed back HUGE white(liver,blue) couch potatoes !!! If you go
back and look at the “old” dogs they were medium sized very compact dogs NOT huge
over sized giants. All this is is a marketting tool to sale her dogs to ignorient
people that have NO idea what a CORRECTLY breed German Shepherd is !!! And IF they
can not handle a correctly breed German Shepherd then FIND another breed!! As in a
Shiloh Shepherd or King Shepherd. What Rhonda is doing is a disservice to the breed
as a whole and she should be ashamed !!!!!! I
curiouse as to how long my post will stand if even at all because “she” dosen’t want
the TRUTH to be said about her very poor breeding practises. We will just watch and
Thank you Bethany. It is always a pleasure to hear from someone who no doubt has bred and raised German Shepherds for many years. (I couldn’t find you on Google) Or maybe you are an experienced K-9 Handler or Trainer…(Again, nothing on Google or Law enforcement databases) Maybe you’ve competed in Dog Shows thru AKC! (The name doesn’t appear at AKC ) Maybe you’ve competed in Europe in SV? (No record of that name there either) Hmmmm…Maybe it’s just not your real name. It’s so easy to hide behind a screen name on the Internet, and spew whatever venom you choose for whatever self-serving reason you may have.
In my first rough draft of this post, I allowed myself the luxury of listing MY qualifications as a Trainer, K-9 Handler (Yes, Bethany, MY Omorrow dog is a WORKING DOG and a very fine one.) and lover of the breed. Those are bona fides that you never offered I noticed. But doing that serves nothing, and the list was too long. Therefore, I hit delete, and decided to go down another road with someone like you.
I highly doubt that you have EVER met Rhonda Sellers, EVER visited the Omorrow Farm, or really know anything about her operation. AKC visits her at least annually, and she has their highest approval.
Have you ever visited a TRUE puppy mill? If you had, the word would have no meaning when used to describe the Omorrow farm. Rhonda has a beautiful setting, clean and spacious kennels for both breeding and shelter, a top notch feeding program, and the dogs have several acres of fenced property on which they are daily exercised. Many of her dogs sleep in her living room at night, and the socialization with people is of the highest order. There are NO SECRETS or RESTRICTED areas on her farm…prospective puppy owners are shown every aspect of her operation. And yes…Rhonda does reject people as customers when they are not qualified. She is not about the next paycheck. She keeps in touch with every puppy that leaves her care. Not the description of a puppy mill…
That being cleared up, I would also point out that Rhonda breeds predominantly to TEMPERAMENT. Not whether or not a GSD has Prey Drive, Hunt Drive, or whatever Drive YOU believe is perfection. For the large part, she breeds GSD’s that love people of all ages, and become beloved family members. That’s why many of her dogs become Service and Therapy dogs. Many are involved in programs with Autistic children, or Care Facilities. A fact that you have apparently not researched very well.
On the other hand, she DOES have a small number of Breeding Sires/Dams that come from WORKING LINES and they GO TO TO WORK EVERYDAY in Search & Rescue, Schutzhund, P.S.A. and Law Enforcement. There are Omorrow Dogs that are very accomplished Trackers, and scent Detection. She doesn’t advertise these dogs, as they are only available to people who know how to handle them, and will gaurantee that training will be provided. PEDIGREE’S are available upon request, health records are available, and her dogs are DNA tested. Oh, and incidently, Rhonda’s veterinarian is an Omorrow Owner. Again, you have scrimped on your research.
You also state that some of the colors she breeds are not standard. The Livers, The Blues, or whatever…Not AKC standard. Again, she is NOT breeding for show, as you would know had you read her website. But that doesn’t mean she breeds willy-nilly throwing caution to the wind. She KNOWS what colors her dogs carry for, and she is very selective. If you don’t like Liver, you are free to select a more traditional color…I myself am partial to Black and Dark Sable, as so many other K-9 Handlers are…But that doesn’t make other colors any less important. Von Stephanitz wasn’t breeding to color, but temperament.
So, here is your challenge. Every year, Omorrow has a Reunion. This year, it is in September. Anywhere from 50 to 100 Omorrow owners AND THEIR dogs get together for a day of fun and fellowship. The dogs are well-behaved, and have what so many Omorrow owners call “Packitude”. The Reunion is held in Ohio, (Belleville this year) an easy drive from 3 or 4 States. You should come and visit with us. That’s how you learn what the truth is about Rhonda, Omorrow, and the MANY,MANY happy families that own her healthy, happy dogs. Not by following the lead of someone who has a personal axe to grind, or another competing breeder to promote.
If you have a problem with that, I will be more than happy to visit Omorrow with you personally! Let’s set a time in August to visit with Rhonda AT THE FARM. .
Then again, if you are, as I suspect, just another internet windbag, don’t bother to respond to this. We are a HAPPY, Positive group of GSD owners, and we don’t want that type of poison in our Pack. If you have a problem with Omorrow dogs, or Rhonda, then you really aren’t being forced to buy a dog from her, view her website, or read anything that has connection to Omorrow. If you ARE a breeder, in search of the perfect GSD, then I applaud you and your effort. The only minor adjustment I would suggest is a change of your marketing strategy. The “Scorched Earth” policy you are currently using (trashing other breeders) is not very effective. If you have a favorite breeder, then by all means support her, or him. Go to their website and share positive stuff…
One last thought Bethany. I(or any other agent) of “German Shepherd Adventures” am in no way compensated or employed by Rhonda Sellers or Omorrow German Shepherds. I have merely found something that makes me profoundly happy, and I want to share that experience with others. Perhaps you ARE in the GSD business…If so, I hope you achieve what Rhonda has. A very large group of supportive families that own her babies, great trust and affection from that group, and several skilled people that WANT to help her by building websites, blogs, and other marketing ideas. She has the loyalty of people all over the world, a rare commodity if you spend your time denigrating and deriding other people, as you are doing. Success is best measured by loyalty and trust, and Rhonda has both of those things.
I will welcome all comments that you want to make Omorrow Pack. Bethany needs to see what loyalty is all about, and the true nature of Omorrow and it’s wonderful German Shepherds!