"K9s For Cops" Dutch Shepherd Police Dog statue commissioned by Cher Car Kennels on behalf of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
This is just a small sampling of the many working dogs Cher Car Kennels has bred or trained for lives of significance and service.
What a difference a year makes! This is one of the 38 Dutch Shepherd Police K9s Cher Car Kennels has been privilaged to produce since we began breeding Dutch Shepherds in 2005.
Meela says "I found him!"
"Come on! Hurry and get up here!!"
"Meela" is a Dutch Shepherd from our 2014 Becker x Zuster litter and is certified through MiSAR-Michigan Search & Rescue.
This is "Hunter" (Multi-HIT RBIS URO3 CH AHD SC AN PTE CHER CAR’S STRZALKOWSKI ) and his owner Teri (the woman who wrote the post to the left). Besides being her service dog, Hunter also competes in various performance events. The picture above is of Teri and Hunter being awarded one of his HIGH-IN-TRIAL ribbons.
Christmas 2017 picture of Vermont State Police K-9 "Tori" from our Lothar x Cayenne 2013 Dutch Shepherd litter.
And so it begins. This Dutch Shepherd puppy is from our 2017 Ledger x Xis litter.
Kewaunee WI Police Officer Brian Gale and K9 “Charlie” came down to Cher Car Kennels to recertify in narcotics, tracking and patrol.
Of course he passed with flying colors! What an outstanding team they are.
"BUTTERS" from the May 2016 Lothar x Luna litter.
The following is the email from “Butters” (see above picture) owner in Green River, Utah who has 1000 acres with a mountain range and rides his horses over 40 miles a day sometimes to make his rounds in the backcountry:
“She has come around nicely, we are doing well, & Butters is my protection while running in backcountry over 220 days of the year. She shows me everything going down the trail that I need to be aware of: Elk, deer, bear, buffalo and lion. She is my companion & I trust her to cover my 6 while I'm doing other tasks. She even helps bring cows home from mountain, I don't run regular cows I have longhorns & wild corriente cattle. Not many seasoned cow dogs can handle my herd but Butters makes it look easy. She will probably save my life someday. Can't tell you in words what she means to me & what I think of you gals for making it happen. Don’t ever hesitate to ask if I can do anything for you.”
Osceola County Sheriff's K-9 Unit photo showing Dutch Shepherd K-9 “Chase” (from our 2014 Becker x Zuster litter) and Dutch Shepherd K-9 “Ryker" ( from our 2015 Lothar x Nada litter).
Officer Helms and K-9 Duke at August 2, 2017 "National Night Out" event in St. Johns. Duke is a Dutch Shepherd from our 2010 Touche x Rush litter.
Hearing Alert dog "Sissy" is out of Lothar x Snap.
PSD K-9 Havoc is out of Lothar x Snap.
Looks like Jonah was employee of the day! What a good dog!! (PSD K-9 Jonah is out of Lothar x Cayenne.)
PSD K-9 Ares is out of Lothar x Luna.
Dutch Shepherd "Remington" (from our Becker x Zuster 2014 litter) is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Dog in Plainfield, Illinois.
SAR K-9 "Meela" is out of Becker x Zuster.
PSD K-9 "RYKER" is out of Lothar x Nada.
PSD K-9 "TORI" is out of Lothar x Cayenne.
PSD K-9 "JONAH" of the Orleans County (VT) Sheriff's Department is out of Lothar x Cayenne.
PSD K-9 "BLUE" of the Evart (MI) Police Department is out of Lothar x Luna.
Service Dog "ECHO" is out of Dexter x Acadia.
Rhode Island K9 "ARES" is out of Lothar x Luna.
PSD K-9 "JONAH" of the Orleans County (VT) Sheriff's Dept is out of Lothar x Cayenne.
Officer Brian Gale of the City of Kewaunee Police Department has been here at Cher Car Kennels for over a week now training with GSD “Charlie”. I tagged along yesterday on their road trip from Grand Ledge to Lansing as they did a meet and greet at an Ice Cream stand, sniffed out narcotics in a hair salon (amongst ALL those pungent odors of hair dye, perm chemicals, shampoo, hair spray, etc.) then tracked a simulated bad guy from the business they pretended to rob to a home hiding place. What fun!
St. Johns Michigan Police K-9 "Duke" (out of our Touche x Rush 2010 litter)
Puppy testing by SUSAR-State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance (whose member organizations are local, regional, state and federal Urban Search and Rescue groups)
Our Cher Car Kennels Dutch Shepherds have produced numerous SAR and HRD dogs, including the National award winner of the 2014 British Columbia Search Dog Association TOP DOG (Certified in Avalanche and Wilderness Search)
and also MiSAR-Michigan Search and Rescue (a missing person response team serving Michigan and the Great Lakes region)
Today is Zoe's first birthday! Zoe (Cher Car Kennels and Allen Animal Hospital), sponsored by Merial, is a very driven and focused dog. As much as she loves to work, she's also a very affectionate girl.
Welcome Dylan! Dylan joined our family this week from Cher Car Kennels. The donation from Cher Car was made with support from Lori Hoener and the Sandy Engel Fund, which honors the memory of her mother.
The Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners was introduced to the newest addition to the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department at its meeting Tuesday.
Havoc, who will be replacing Taser when he retires from the sheriff’s department K9 unit, was on his best behavior during his visit before the board.
“As I promised at the last commissioners meeting, once again, due to the generous donation of Tony and Roberta Matelski, we have a new deputy in our department. The new deputy’s name is Havoc,” said Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont. “And Matt LaCross, our seasoned K9 trainer is going to take Havoc and train him.“
Havoc is a Dutch Shepherd, which is a little different than Taser who is a German Shepherd.
“Dutch Shepherds are a little bit lesser known of a pet breed and quite well known as a working breed,” said LaCross. “They are very highly trainable, high energy, high drive, working type dog.“
Havoc is currently around 10-weeks-old. Over the course of the next year, LaCross will work with Havoc to give him the training the puppy he will need to be part of the K9 unit.
“Work him in, get him trained in narcotics and tracking and everything else that Taser is currently trained in,” said LaCross.
Since LaCross traveled downstate and purchased Havoc, the two have been working on the basic command skills and socialization. He is still in his puppy years and has some training to go through before he can take Taser’s place.
It is the intention to have Havoc trained and certified by the time he is approximately a year old. “Hopefully next year at this time he will be trained and certified in both tracking and narcotics detection,” said LaCross. “We will be starting the initial phase of that over the next month.“
When he is fully grown, Havoc is anticipated to be around 75 pounds. He is already growing fast. Over the last three weeks that LaCross has had him, he has gained between 5 and 6 pounds.
“He’s growing fast,” said LaCross. “It’s a learning curve for both of us right now. Plus, getting Taser and him acquainted has been a bit of a slow process, but we’re working on that too.“
By the time Taser is ready to retire, it is expected that Havoc will have been trained and certified and will be ready to take his place. Although Taser is still very healthy and doing his job well, he is starting to get older. The average age for a K9 unit is 7-years-old and Taser turned 10 in May. He was around 1 1/2-years -old when he came to the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department and was around 90 percent trained.
Because LaCross has worked with Taser over the last nine years, getting familiar with the training, he will be taking over a lot of the early training for Havoc. He will also rely on the trainer who initially trained Taser to give him guidelines and help him through the process of getting Havoc certified.
LaCross will also be taking Havoc into the schools throughout the county periodically so as the children grow up and go through school, the dog will visit them at least once a year, to let them grow together.
“I think that’s a great liaison with the school children, to be able to kind of talk to and not be afraid of law enforcement as they grow up with Havoc, as Havoc grows up,” said Clarmont. “So in addition to being a steely eyed killer, he is also going to be in the schools. Once again our sincere, great thanks to the Matelskis. We would not have this K9 unit if it was not for their extremely generous donations.”
Congratulations to these outstanding K-9s for a job well done! The Dutch Shepherd member of his rescue mission is a PSD...
Cher Car Kennels is very proud to share the wonderful news that Nick Ackerman's service dog "Troy" was awarded a Certificate of Honor by the American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence committee in recognition of the assistance work he performs for Nick. What an honor!
(Troy was custom trained for Nick by Cheryl Carlson of Cher Car Kennels.)
Ultimate Air Dogs Competition Makes a Splash
at National Cherry Festival
9&10 News-WWTV: Jul 10, 2015 5:00 PM EDT
For anyone who loves dogs, and maybe even some who don’t, theUltimate Air Dogsis a crowd pleaser.
Watching the pups try to jump as far as they can into a pool doesn’t get old for the audience or the participants.
"He's a natural. First day I had him I took him jumping and he was going 15 feet in practice on the Boardman."
That was in 2006, when Ken Bialk started training Gunnar for Ultimate Air Dogs.
This weekend, he's retiring.
"It's kind of bittersweet, but it's time. He’s been great to me, he's done a lot for me, he's won a lot of competitions, he is really into it you can tell. It's kind of bittersweet.”
And he hasn’t' told Gunnar yet.
Today he jumped along with dozens of other competitors, all trying to go the distance.
Cheryl Carlson trains Siren and says for the dogs, this is easy, you have to train the humans.
"Believe it or not, once the dog enters and likes to jump in the water, which is a really short portion of the training, it’s getting the throw. Everybody practices their throw so they can help the dog achieve the maximum height and distance they're looking for."
Cheryl says this is a great way to make sure even the working dogs have fun.
"I train police dogs, and service dogs, and all sorts of things, so we like things that are fun for the dog and are safe. The best thing about this is you don't have to worry about them injuring themselves. Frisbee on the ground, sometimes they can land bad, here they're landing in 4 feet of water and it's really safe and they love it."
That is so easy to see, and what makes this event so fun to watch.
And what makes this day so hard for Ken.
He's already got another dog in training.
"It's like a big family. The jumpers, they come from everywhere, they do this and they love their dogs, and when I saw that and I just had to and it just happened, it was a blessing that very year I had the opportunity to get him, and it's been a blessing ever since.”
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:24:32 GMT — Two puppies are learning the ropes of police work from two veteran K9 officers in Osceola County.
The two rookie K9's, Ryker and Chase, are in training with their handlers and are also getting some help from their older counterparts.
K9 Chase is a 5-month-old Dutch Shepherd being trained by Sgt. Mark Moore. K9 Ryker a 9-week-old Dutch Shepherd is being trained by Deputy Jed Avery.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office purchased the dogs with the help of fundraisers and donations throughout the past eight years. The department is saving money by training the dogs as puppies.
The two older K9 officers will be retiring next year so they are helping get their replacements up to speed.
Deputy Avery has worked alongside 10-year-old K9 Bary for more than 8 years. K9 Bary is helping get K9 Ryker acclimated on the job, starting with getting used to being in the patrol cars.
"We are doing more than police training, everything is new to them," explained Deputy Avery. "Every noise and obstacle is so new to them, so we are desensitizing them to the environment. They pick up quite a bit by just watching the other dogs."
K9 Bary is a dual purpose explosive dog, but both of the new K9's will be trained in narcotics detection.
Sgt. Moore trained his first police dog, K9 Justice, a narcotics detection dog, who will be eleven years old this year.
Sgt. Moore works nights with K9 Justice and the new trainee K9 Chase. With K9 Ryker also being trained as a narcotics dog, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office will be able to have 24-hour K9 coverage for narcotics.
The goal is to have the puppies trained for the beat by 9-months-old. Along with individual work, the puppies train in a larger group twice a month.
Orleans County Vermont Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tyler Jacobs with his new PSD K9 Cher Car’s Jonah
Police Chief Matt Balsley and dual purpose PSD K9 CH Cher Car's Sir Reggie aka “Reggie” of the Morrice, Michigan Police Department with breeder/trainer Cheryl Carlson of Cher Car Kennels. We are uncertain of how many Dutch Shepherd breed Champion Police Service Dogs there are, but suspect "Reggie" might be the first of his breed! (Click on this picture to be re-directed to Reggie's pedigree page.)
MORRICE POLICE has a new K-9 officer, Reggie, to help Chief Matt Balsley. The two played together Wednesday outside of Morrice Elementary School.
Orleans County Vermont Sheriff’s Department Deputy David Roos with his new PSD K9 Cher Car’s Torie
Officer Ben Helms and dual purpose PSD K9 "Duke" of the St. Johns, Michigan Police Department with breeder/trainer Cheryl Carlson
Lisa Weber's dual purpose Dutch Shepherd Cher Car's Canada Goose - 2014 British Columbia Search Dog Association TOP DOG (Certified in Avalanche and Wilderness Search) and JIBC (Justice Institute of British Columbia) Narcotics Detection Dog
Andrew Duguay's dual purpose PSD K9 "Blitz" of the Jasonville, Indiana Police Department
Solon McGill’s Dutch Shepherd “Izzy” from Cher Car Kennels is a certified HRD cadaver dog who recently played a key role in the arrest and conviction of Mark Bucki in the murder of his wife, Anita.
Because her body was found at a different location two weeks after her murder and the suspect had spent an entire day cleaning up before reporting his wife missing, Izzy's ability to locate the odor of human decomposition in key locations was important for the prosecution.
Butch Brancheau of the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department in Corunna, Michigan with his future PSD K9 "Vader"
-------- Original Message -------- From: Dick & Rachel Huber To: Cheryl Carlson Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
It’s been about a year since we picked up Chamberlain. He was born December 22, 2011 (Cher Car’s Full Metal Jacket “Kevlar” x Cher Car’s Casino’s Shadow aka “Shadow”). It was very obvious to us from observation and results, that during the first seven weeks of his life he received a lot of love and attention from his mother and you and your kennel staff, which gave him a wonderful introduction to the world of people.
I am disappointed that I did not print your description of this litter when announcing their availability for purchase. As you have proven to me over the last 30 years, you know your dogs and the characteristics you breed for. To paraphrase your litter announcement: “These puppies will be smart, people friendly, active, with you and there when you need him”. Bullseye!!!
As we discussed, December 2011 we lost Bobby Lee (Cher Car’s A Shout in the Woods aka “Timber” x Cher Car’s Rock n Roll aka “Roxy”). He was 10 years old and my working K-9 partner for over 6 years. Of the five dogs I have had from you (my two sons also had two dogs each) he was truly great and I thought would be impossible to replace. Not only is Chamberlain as advertised, he has exceeded my high expectations of your dogs. He is extremely smart, communicative, loves people, always there when you need him. Though I am now retired, after 6 months of K-9 training, Chamberlain is significantly ahead of all my previous dogs in his development. He is truly outstanding.
All your dogs have been warm and loving, but I have never had a dog who wants always to be with you and there for you. Usually Shepherds want to be close but at a distance. This dog loves constant contact and interaction. In K-9 training his bite is unbelievable and he hits like a train, additionally his obedience is flawless. With Chamberlain I had the pick of the litter, but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the pups. A few weeks after I picked up Chamberlain, a client had to return one of Chamberlains brothers because he was a little too active and you put him up for adoption. I am still kicking myself for not taking advantage of that unfortunate situation. This is a great dog. I strongly encourage you to continue development of this fine line of dogs.
Dick and Rachel Huber - Milford, Michigan
St. Johns Police Department Officer Helms rewarding K-9 Duke for a job well done. (See citation below.).
When MSU police Sgt. Dan Munford opened the door to his K-9 partner’s crate, Zilla, his black brindle Dutch Shepherd, came to life.
“Zilla is like a tornado going through a small town — she’s got a whole lot of energy,” Munford said of his K-9 partner, with whom he’s only been working for about two months.
Zilla might have the playfulness of a puppy, but she was on a mission: looking for bombs on university property — jars of TNT, C-4 and dynamite.
Six pairs of officers and dogs make up the Michigan State University Police K-9 Unit. On Wednesday, they held an eight-hour training session, which took place at various locations across campus including an old Engineering Research Complex on Hulett Road.
Although Zilla is new, she’s catching on quickly. She and Munford had a bonding moment Monday when they brought down their first assailant together — a man involved in a domestic assault and malicious destruction of property in Bath Township.
“That’s the most rewarding thing in the world; when your dog leads you to somebody — you kind of ‘erggh,’” Munford said, growling jokingly and describing the pride he feels when his dog catches an assailant. “There’s no better feeling. I tell people this is one of the most rewarding and frustrating things you’ll do in your life.”
His dog might be young — she will turn two years old soon — but Munford is far from new to the K-9 unit world. Zilla is his third dog with the program, and he has been a member of the MSU Police K-9 Unit for about 15 years.
The session is one of two the pair participates in each month, where officers train the dogs by conducting article searches, aggression work, explosive searches and indoor narcotics work. The training session also is a chance for all of the officers to be together and work on perfecting specific skills the dogs might be struggling with.
“What’s neat about the K-9 Unit and all K-9 units in general is there is a kind of different philosophy where everybody just wants to make their dog as good as they can make their dog,” said MSU police Officer Adam Atkinson, who also attended Wednesday’s training.
Like any new couple, Munford said it’s just a matter of time until he gets used to the quirks that make Zilla, Zilla.
“It is hard going from my last dog (who) was a little bit older and had slowed down, into this tornado dog that I have now that goes a million miles an hour all the time,” Munford said. “I have to get my mindset back that I’m with a younger dog again and it is headache time for a little bit.”
----- Original Message ----- From: Matt Duff To: Cheryl Carlson Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 3:04 PM Subject: Bajah
I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how well Bajah is doing. She is an unbelievably fast learner.Bajah is currently certified through NAPCH for obedience, tracking, narcotics, article search and area search. The only areas that she has not certified in are building search (should have it soon), aggression and aggression control. I have started some of the bite work; however, I am not pushing it until she matures a little more. She is already a flyer on the aggression field. NAPCH holds their national workshop in Alpena every year and I had a couple master trainers tell me that she is the best female for her age that they have ever seen. So I just wanted to let you know that you did a great job with the breeding. I'll send pics soon.
Thank you again for everything,
Deputy Matt Duff and K-9 "Bajah" (a Touché x LaBelle Dutch Shepherd puppy born 1/12/2010). Bajah received certification through NAPCH for obedience, narcotics, tracking, article search and area search in October 2010 (when only 9 months old!) and just received certification in aggression and aggression control in October 2011 (at 21 months of age). Bajah is Deputy Duff’s working patrol dog for the Hillsdale County Sheriff Department.
Officer Dennis Robertson of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan with his future PSD K9 “Taser”
We are pleased to report that our two police dog prospects were acquired by the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Both dogs are now on their way to a fulfilling career in the prison system!
From: Cunningham, Grant J Jr 1SG RET Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 10:35 PM Subject: Cobra
Back in Feb. 2006 I bought a Belgian Malinois (Male) from you. He has been a great dog. As you may remember I am a Sheriff's Officer with the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office here in New Jersey. This past April he and I started the Police K-9 Academy. We are training to work as a Patrol and Arson Team. We have seven weeks left in the patrol phase of training and will be starting the Arson phase in Sept. of this year. I have attached some photos of my house pet turned K-9.
Thank You, Grant Cunningham
This is service dog "Piper" with her owner/handler Kevin Fritz of Allentown, PA. Kevin is attending school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and had contacted Cher Car Kennels to train a service dog to his specifications.
Needless to say, "Piper" the Papillion was a delight to have with us during training!
This picture of "Piper" on Kevin's lap was taken during her installation in Urbana on January 7, 2009; and also shows Cheryl Carlson, Kevin's aid Francine Biedron, and Carole Field.
“Lord” (River x Ramsey) and his new police handler Oscar – Sept. 16, 2008
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 11:11 AM
Subject: Raptor aka Alley
Thank you, thank you, thank you!Raptor (River x Ramsey) has been certified as a bomb detection K-9 and as a certified patrol K-9, and is very close to being certified in tracking.My husband takes Raptor with him on patrol every day.She is also a great family dog around all the little kids.Thought you would enjoy the attached photos of her.She is the only certified bomb detection K-9 in northern Wyoming and southern Montana.
Thanks again.Maggie McKee
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 2:39 PM
Subject: Remember Uno???
Hey Cheryl! I just got this picture of “Uno” (Rush x Dodger) and his officer! I though you might like to see it... I told Lori I would send it as soon I got it.
P.S. Any plans of doing a repeat breeding of Rush and Touché???
"Baron", a son of "Timber" and "Venus" has a new career as a narcotics and patrol dog in the state of Tennessee! Here he is with his new handler, of Triple Threat K-9.
Cher Car Kennels Dutch Shepherd "Diamond" and officer Bruce Poolaw of the Parker, Arizona Police Department pose with her largest dope bust to date.. 328 pounds of Marijuana.
Jeff bought "Jake" as a pup from a nice litter out of Cher Car's Delaney McKee OFA, C.D. H.I.T., by CH Von Krystel's Kody OFA (a Jamie Deux Pottois Sch III, Ring I son).
Jeff did all his early training with us here at Cher Car Kennels, and Capital City Dog Sports.For those of you that follow P.S.A., this dog is a full brother to Rakesh Patel's dog "Klaus". "Jake" is a real crowd pleaser in his bitework in the USPCA-United States Police Canine Association trials, as well as scoring very high in both obedience and detection.
Jeff writes " Cheryl, Here is Jake’s latest find. I thought you might get a kick out of this - 19 pounds located in the trunk of a car. Exterior hit......"
Cheryl and Deputy Jerry Kast and K-9 "Fritz" now working for the Hillsdale County Sheriff Department.
"Here is a photo of Chase's biggest hit to date - thirty pounds of marijuana.The shipment was in the UPS system and heading for Lake City Michigan from Southern Texas. We ended up working the case with the FBI and got federal indictments for the bad guys.
The photo was taken while Chase and I were assigned to the Traverse Narcotics Team. You can't really tell from the photo but, Chase let her hair grow a little long for the undercover work. She also wore a Harley Davidson collar to blend in with the bad dogs."
D/Sgt Rick Thompson DEQ-Office of Criminal Investigations Saginaw-Bay District
Deputy Matt Duff and K-9 "Bolo".Trained and certified by Cheryl Carlson and currently working for Hillsdale County Sheriff Department. In his first months as a K-9, "Bolo" has already located narcotics, and found two suspects.
"Gunner" is a CH Cher Car's Zodiac son, out of Cher Car's Diego McKee.
"Gunner" is the dog of Sergeant Roger Boardman of the HillsdaleCounty Sheriff's Department.
Not only do our Jack Russells win in the show ring, and in the agility ring, they still do what they were bred to do. Here is our hunting pack, working a farm on Thanksgiving weekend. We killed 6 rats in less than 10 minutes, and destroyed some nests. Some of these dogs had never been on rats before this hunt, but they all did well. From left to right:
U-AG 1 Cher Car's Tagan Raitt Webster Cher Car's Terrible to Behold GR CH U-AG 1 Cher Car's Divine Mustang "Jax" U-AG 1 Windwards Maia of Cher Car
(and Yes, those are rats laying in front of the dogs!)
Terrible, Tagan and Mustang got this big (20lb!) fella out of our "wood pile" behind the hay barn. It took us over three hours, and the dogs were TIRED...