Since many people seem to be confused
over this issue, I felt that it's time to provide the seeking public
with a typical example that can detail who they were/are and why
they left the strict ISSR program that was designed to enhance and
expand the gene pool that started at
Shiloh Shepherd Kennels.
We have already presented short blurbs
about some of the other turncoats that have "jumped ship" over the
past few years. Please view our new
pages. However, since Dawn is the most recent one to also
abscond with a lot of former New Zion Shiloh dogs, and due to the
fact that she has taken five other former "LB's" down with her
(Bearpaws, Haus VID, Highlander, Brick Chapel and Abba's), we would
like to share her story in this presentation. So, let's
take a good look at the facts in this case!
Dawn came to New Zion Kennels in 2000
to adopt one of the dogs that needed to be re-homed after the fire.
She took Vickey and quickly fell in love with the breed.
Then, later that
year, she spotted one of our young show pups! As she did not
have the means to buy a pup, she offered to show her, and then pay
for Allie by providing NZS with 1/2 of two litters. Lisa
agreed and a new friendship was formed!
she posted on our breeders forum in 2001,
<<I feel the only place to truly learn about these
dogs is from Tina. Afterall, she created them with God's
guidance. Maybe, in 15-20 years, I may have the
knowledge to be a breeder but until then, I want to work
under Tina's and Lisa's guidance, and learn.>>
Dawn kept her word and came to several shows, taking
her all the way to her GV title for two consecutive
years! Obviously she was hooked and wanted to get
more dogs from Lisa so that she could continue to
support her new hobby! Lisa complied and gave Dawn a
lot more bitches to whelp, so that she could start
building her reputation as the "Breeder of
Champions". After all, isn't that what
every new breeder should strive for? It takes a
lot of experience and a long time to build a stable
line that is capable of producing exceptional pups!
However, that's the road breeders have always had to
travel in order to gain a good reputation for their
Lisa's stock and guidance, Dawn was on her way!
presents Dawn with her awards.
more than willing to help her attain these goals by
providing her with a lot of dogs. As a result, Dawn,
as stated in a letter to the SSDCA Advisory Board of
Directors dated May 7, 2006, "produced seven litters
over three years"
7 litters between 9/23/03 and 12/31/05 according to her
website), inspiring her to purchase an abandoned former
boarding kennel in Murrysville where she could easily house
dozens of dogs, in order to produce even more litters per
The house where most
of her dogs are crated
The kennel building is
up a steep hill.
Some of the inside
Inside Kennel building
Indoor facility for boarding small mammals
Additional inside runs
Another view of the
small outdoor runs
by Lisa Barber with permission of Dawn Swick.
After all, Dawn
clearly swore to all of us that she would be loyal to the ISSR--no
I don't know who you are talking about, Tina but I for one will
state publicly...my dogs will remain with the ISSR and all of my
puppies will be registered ONLY with the ISSR. You have my word on
it, as well as my signature when I became a licensed breeder. "
Of course, Lisa did her part by
continuing to deliver some of our best breeding stock (both male and
female) to Dawn because she thought that she had found a true friend
who would appreciate all that she was doing!
Please note: Anyone can go out and purchase/obtain a
great champion/show prospect! It takes years/decades of
experience and perseverance to PRODUCE one! The quality
of a good breeder should always be judged by the final
product displayed! Just like a mechanic's abilities
should be based on the cars he can BUILD, not on what he
can buy/steal! If you are screening a potential breeder,
inquire about the titled dogs that they have actually
produced versus the number of puppies they had to bring
into this world in order to reach their goals! Ask about
their long term breeding program--what will their dogs
look like a decade from now?
says, "Where there is no vision the people perish"
This can also be applied to the Shiloh Shepherd.
Without a vision, this breed would perish!
The ISSR continues to uphold my vision for this
breed--the same vision that started in 1974 and has
continued to prevail despite all of the struggles I have
had to endure! My vision will not fail and the loyal
ISSR breeders that are working with me toward full breed
recognition will be rewarded -- while the "frauds" perish!
Shiloh History: the First 40 Years |
What is A Shiloh Shepherd 1990
Now let's take
another close look at Dawn's Growth History.
Adopted Vickey during the fire reduction
Vickey re-united with Lisa at Homecoming 2002.
(a top show prospect) and took her to GV in 2003 and 2004.
Homecoming 2002, photo courtesy
Lisa placed Foxy with Dawn. In
February 2004 Lisa also provided her with
so that she would have a good stud to breed Foxy
Foxy after a miraculous show weekend at her
first show in March 2003, is awarded a National
February -- Received Toran (Torey/Angus).
above at the
Photo courtesy of Shiloh Shepherd Photography
Dawn kept two Allie pups to start off her
of the puppies from the Allie/Grizz litter re-united
at 6 months of age. For additional photos,
Weekend Visit to New Zion Shilohs March 2004.
and received additional dogs from New Zion as
After Allie's premature death in February 2004, Lisa placed
with Dawn because she looked so much like Allie.
Ria (Zion Reaps It All) with Dawn because she was
Honey (Black Bear Sweet Honey O'Zion) with
Dawn because she moved like Allie, and Dawn
loved showing her.
Photo courtesy of
Shiloh Shepherd Photography
Aquila (Meg/Konrad) with Dawn
Lisa placed "Dawn" (Casi/Konrad) with Dawn
Lisa placed "Jordan" (Sage/Tango) with Dawn
Lisa placed Miska (Tang/Storm) with Dawn
Lisa placed Luka (Kari/Luke) with Dawn
(Ursa/Angus) with Dawn
Note: these links
are to pdf screen prints of web pages that are no longer linked
to Belle Grace's Our Dogs page but were still "live" on the
Belle Grace website as of July 9, 2006.
Lisa even brought Bev to Dawn's house so that
she could get 1/2 of that litter, in order to expand her
foundation stock!! Not to mention the fact that she allowed her
to use our Kit, so that she could have a better variety
of pups to keep/sell!
GV Timber, September
Lisa also placed T-Ra with Dawn because she
was the last of the Timber daughters and the only Artus
grand-daughter who could be safely bred to Kit, in order to
avoid doubling up on Bear! Yet Dawn chose to allow most of
important pups leave the ISSR and therefore they
will never be able to add their influence to the real Shiloh
Shepherd gene pool. Instead they will just end up fading into
the sliver OTX lines.
Note: Most of the bitches listed
above are STILL owned by Lisa (with Dawn just listed as the
co-owner) while several of the latest don't even have Dawn's
name on them at all .. since NONE of them have ever been paid
for!! However, we must assume that the NSBR will provide
Dawn with FAKE "ownership" papers, like they have done in the
past for all of the others that joined their ranks!! See
Shiloh Wall of Shame.
In the summer
of 2005 (after several warnings from me) Dawn made a shocking
choice to purchase one of Gaby's pups--to the tune of $2000,
that she managed to raise by bringing her friend Nancy into the
deal. (Nancy also had received 6
dogs from Lisa between 2003 and 2006; her full story will
be coming soon.)
Little Additional Background Info
During Homecoming 2004 I found out that Gaby had
purchased yet another "Shiloh" (pet) from one of my
LB's. I requested a meeting with her so that I could
quiz her in regard to her true intentions. Since
she had not been following any of the ISSR rules
pertaining to the litters that she already had, I was
becoming very concerned.
informed me that she wanted to seek SKG recognition, and
I, in turn, informed her that this could not happen
without the full backing of the ISSR! In other words, I
would be willing to help her attain that goal if she was
willing to proceed the right way! However, I would not
tolerate her starting a haphazard "splinter" division in
Europe, embarrassing the entire breed before we had a
chance to introduce it properly!
agreed, and it was at that point that we started
discussing the establishment of a system that would be
beneficial toward future recognition of the Shiloh
For more details, please
The Gaby Story
be so upset because her new pup didn't win anything at the
Homecoming? As a matter of fact, this was the first year
that she went home with only winning one of the classes! Why
did she insist on putting all of her eggs into that OTX mix?
She did have great dogs that could have entered.
Nonetheless, despite the fact that Dawn's new "OTX" would
not be used in the future ISSR breeding program, as can
clearly be understood by anyone who looks at the
is Kijsha), she has chosen to use her anyway and even
left the ISSR in order to join the sliver camp so she COULD
Dawn's specific quote:
<<BelleGrace Shilohs & Bearpaw
Shilohs are honored to raise the latest line of new blood Shiloh
Shepherds. Chumana is one of the first two European Shiloh
Shepherds imported into America.>>
http://www.bellegraceshilohs.com/chumana.htm, last updated
Is that why she
has been making all of those false allegations against the "the
Barbers" and the ISSR? Think about it! Take a good look at the
way her stories keeping changing!
Here's another example of how one of her stories has
changed several times!
1. On February 19,
2004 Dawn clearly stated that she was planning to
sue her vet for malpractice. (See
2. Then on March 27, 2006 she stated that
"I can no longer in
good conscience be part of an organization that
revolves around hatred, anger, and revenge involving
slander, libel, defamation, embezzlement, deceit,
half truths, hidden facts, twisted stories,
falsified test results, and rules applying to some
but not others, just to name a few."
Sounds like she may have gotten her initials mixed
up. The above statement should have been
applied to the NSBR,/ESSR, not us! LOL.
letter then continued to attack Tina by stating
"Encouraging me to pursue a lawsuit against my vet
when you knew that a bleeding disorder was in the
genetics behind one of my dogs, the exact cause of
her death, was incorrigible."
3. Yet, on
6/29/06, Dawn posted on a sliver forum,
"I lost Allie because of a vet's mistake during a
spay. She bled to death shortly after surgery."
truth? Did Allie die of some horrible genetic disease that is
being "covered up" by the ISSR -- or--
was her accidental death due to negligence? Has Dawn tested all
of her progeny as she swore she would? Will her puppies continue
to be bred outside of the ISSR? Who will be maintaining that
data? Who will have access to those records?
What about the
pups she will be producing now? Who will maintain the LMI
data? The NSBR does not have a GTF in place to handle that kind
of intense data collection, nor a competent geneticist to
analyze the results. Anyone can tell you that "just" collecting
bits and pieces of info on a few dogs does NOT provide
sufficient information needed for utilization in carrier
The NSBR claims to be a "registry" but, in
reality, is just a "one woman" operation that
has continued to complain about dealing with
multiple computer crashes! Complaints have
already poured in regarding the length of time
(up to one year) it is taking poor Judy to mail
out "papers" from her home PC.
complaints are also pouring in from people that
have recently discovered that their "Shiloh" is
nothing more than a faulty pet quality GSD.
Even ARBA won't accept these dogs at their
shows! Please see
Don't Fall 4 The Fraud!
The ISSR has
collected LMX/LMI data on 47,000 dogs and is proud to boast
access to an ancestral database that holds over 114,215,516
names! This data is going to be made available for inspection to
FCI representatives that may be interested in providing us
with the long sought for recognition. What about all of the
sliver "frauds"? Where will they go when that day arrives? Maybe
they will just continue to mass produce mixed pups that they can
sell as Shilohs to the uninformed consumer? If you have any
questions about my articles, please join the
and ask me or any of our SSDCA, Inc. members!
All photos, unless otherwise noted, taken
with full knowledge of those pictured that
they would appear on an ISSR Shiloh related
website; screen prints of the Belle-Grace
website duly acknowledged and accurate as of
July 9, 2006.