Owned & Operated By
Bonnie M. Wells
AKC Registered German Shepherd Dogs
Conformation / Schutzhund / Obedience / Police / Military / Border Patrol / Excellent Pets & family Protectors:
Although I raised German Shepherd Dogs for most of my adult life, it has been several years now since I have produced a litter.
The dogs were all AKC registered, and most were produced from bloodlines that were imported from Germany back in the early to mid 1960's.
A dog named Pedro Gitano was the actual foundation of my kennel. He was a 110 pound, solid black, gentle giant of a dog with an intelligence and understanding that I have yet to see matched. His father was Champion Baro Vom Goldammerweg, imported and owned by AKC Judge Lou Harris of West Virginia.
His mother was owned by Noel Barton of West Virginia and her name was Aria Gitano Of Betenbill.
"Pete" as he became affectionately known was first owned by Gary Sackett also of West Virginia, and came to live with me when he was about six and one half years of age. He remained with me until he was well past twelve years old. Gary and I went together the day we had him put down due to spine problems. It was a day I will never forget .... he was a dog I will never forget.
Pedro Gitano (Pete)
Well past ten years old in this picture.
Sheikonna & LaShanna
Sheikonna was bred to Pete and produced 9 bouncing beauties, most of which were solid black.
(1) Me with Pete & Sheikonna daughters Chi & Taboo, better known as "Boo."
(2) Chi & Taboo.
(3) Chi at about 1 year old.
'Boo' went to live with Jerry Bibbee of Coolville, Ohio when she was about 6 months of age. She remained his constant companion until her final day. Jerry came back and purchased more shepherds from me .... so many in fact, the last time he was here he said he'd bought enough 'black fur' from me to carpet his house! No doubt in my mind Jerry, no doubt!!
Me, holding Sheena and kneeling beside Major Bayard's White Erick.
My friend Michele and I rescued Erick from the local dog pound where he was scheduled to be put to sleep the next day. This photo was taken back about 1970.
A black & white picture of Baron, who was a true 'black and cream saddle-back.'
When LaShanna was bred to Baron, we produced 9 pups. One solid white (Lacee Lady), one solid black (Chocco) and 7 black and tan's.
Chocco & Lacee playing in the snow /
Lacee and her cat friend Critter
Inka & Charko with VooDoo watching from above!
All adult dogs and cats saw themselves as "protectors" of the puppies! In this photo VooDoo is ready to "pounce" on Inka if she tries to hurt the pup!
Granvilles' Pedra Von Gitano was the result of the heaviest 'line breeding' we ever done on Pete. She was absolutely brilliant, and had every quality possessed by both parents. She typified the 'standard of excellence' with nobility and an 'incorruptible character' until her dying day.
Granvilles' Pedra Von Gitano at the age of 6 weeks, and again at 12 weeks of age. The cat is Tiggi, who is still alive and resides with my friend Pat in Marietta.
Update: Tiggi passed away in 2003 from cancer. She is missed by all who knew and loved her:
Granvilles' Exacta Kaccki (3yrs old) &
Granvilles' Kolt Forty-Five (4 months old):
Kaccki was a niece to Pete, and Kolt was her brother Gandy's son.
Morgan was a cousin to Kolt
Some of the pack
Kier, Kolt, Pete, Kaccki & Zusha
Kier & Zusha were Kaccki's son and daughter.
Granvilles' Juscha Von Gitano & litter
Juscha was a sister to Kier. Their parents were Kaccki and Mutz Von Rheinlandsgold.
Kier was owned by Walt and Susan Frazer, and Juscha was owned by Terry and Diane Hook
Update: Walt Frazer passed away in 1985 and Diane Hook in 2010. I miss them.
Granvilles' Kaptan Von Gitano
Kaptan was one of Juscha's son's, and was owned by Bill and Sue Kelly.
Kaptan's brother - Granvilles' Barroom Buddy, was owned and handled by Parkersburg, West Virginia Police Officer George Fox, and resided with George throughout his working and retirement years.
I'm still told George wouldn't have taken ten thousand dollars for 'Silver' as they called him. And I know that no amount of money could have ever gotten Kaptan away from Bill.
Granvilles Kolt Forty-Five was produced by Dr. Gary Waters, and owned by me throughout his life. He died of gastric torsion when he was barely four years old.
"Kolt" was a grandson of Pete's on his mother's side, and a nephew on his father's side. He is shown here at an AKC dog show in Virginia where he took Reserve Winner's Dog in the conformation class. He was handled by his best buddy, Bill Shannon of Vienna, West Virginia.
Kolt, Kody and Pete 'waiting for Santa'
Kolt and Kody were cousins. Kody was owned by Bill Shannon - Kolt's confirmation handler.
Two Charko & Baron pups:
Granvilles' Lil' Toot-Toot & Granvilles' Baron Von Gitano
Granvilles' Heavy Metal, better known as "Zep" was a Charko son.
Zep was co-owned by Judith Schaad and lived all his life with her.
Three "Kolt & Kaccki" pups from the Granville "Double K" litter:
Granvilles Kikon Kongo with owner/handler Bill Shannon
Granvilles' Kajun King, 135 pounds of lovable lug!
Kajun was owned by Don Woollard:
Granvilles Karbon Kopy
After being re-possessed from the people who originally purchased Karbon [due to mistreatment] he spent the rest of his life with Randy Rogers.
Hedda is just dog tired!
Hedda is an Inka daughter, and was owned by Clara Sharp:
Granvilles' Basha Von Gitano
Basha was purchased by a lunatic from Parkersburg, West Virginia, who had her destroyed [in violation of his signed contract, I might add] when she was just a puppy. He said she 'looked' at someone strangely! I won't honor him by giving his name. He's not worth mentioning, but I will say that I would have given him back every penny of his purchase price if he'd just have brought her home instead of killing her.
Me & Justice
This boy was a great, great grandson of Pete. His mother was Granvilles' Pedra Von Gitano, and his father was VA rated, German imported Champion Vax VonDer Weinerau owned by George and Virginia Collins of Farmer City, IL.
Justice was purchased by Larry Miller and was headed for police work when he suddenly died of a heart attack just before his 3rd birthday.
The Beverly, Ohio Christmas Parade of 1987
I'm in the white fur outfit, right behind the float. I walked with Pete. What a trooper. He was past ten years old and out ahead of all those young punks!
There were 14 of my German Shepherds in the parade that day. What an impressive sight they were.
As I sit here tonight and look at these old pictures of all the dogs that I have loved ....and eventually lost .... as all of them are gone now, a cute story comes to my mind.
The breeding, raising, training, sales, etc of all dogs was "my hobby," and my husband Mike paid very little attention to any of it. However, one day he went out to mow the yard......which was his "hobby!" and after being outside for a short time he came back to the house. I was grooming one of the pups when he came around the front of the house. After looking at me for a long moment he calmly asked....
"Just exactly how many dogs am I feeding?"
I couldn't help but laugh. I only had 25 German Shepherds! I didn't see how that could be a problem for anyone, and if he had not gone out to the back yard he would never have known!!!
My daughter has a German Shepherd named Hoss. He is from my old Pete lines, as well as from some police dog lines.
The following pictures are of some of Hoss' pups from the summer of 2005 .... Mother is Nikki. Of course they came to 'grandma's house' as soon as they could, and of course grandma spoiled them rotten -- just like all the others she's raised over the years.
Jake / renamed Sebastian at about 8 weeks of age:
Jake is owned by my second cousin Johnny Lubinski, and his wife Nancy in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
Shawnee at about 8 weeks of age.
Shawnee is owned by me, and resides with me. She has turned out to be a beautiful sable.
2012: Shawnee is no longer here with me. She resides with a family up in West Virginia where she has an entire farm to romp and play on.
All of the dogs pictured on this page are now deceased with the exception of the litter Shawnee was from. They are all still alive as far as I know.
My grandson Joshua with Karma 2006
We produced all colors at Granville Kennel, but my specialty and favorite was the solid black.
This boy will be 2 years old on October 10th, and he is knock-down gorgeous -- and so's the brat with his arm around him!!!
2012: Joshua has now graduated from the Police Academy and is continuing his education. He will have his associates degree in police science this spring and hopes to work locally in law enforcement.
Karma was with Don Vineyard when he had a fatal accident.
Long ago, when I was an obedience instructor with the Parkersburg Obiedence Training Club, I was forever harping at people to check your dog's choker .... check that choker every time you think of it and make sure it's not on backward. A metal choker put on backward will lock if pulled on hard enough and your dog will choke to death. This is what happened to Karma.
So everyone out there with dogs ... go check your chokers! I also advised to not tie dogs out with metal chokers. I always preferred the nylon collars or the nylon chokers. I still have the red nylon choker that Pete wore.
In 1997 I found a little dog at Howe's Grove Park in Belpre. I named her Copper, and she was my constant companion for the next 10 years.
We had to have Copper put down on November 19th, 2007 due to cancer. I miss her terribly.
Bonnie M. Wells
The following stories and poems come from my book .... Bonny Tails.
Some can also be found within the pages of Pure Coincidence.
** God's Friend
** Granvilles' Wells Fargo
** I Zeek
Paw Prints / An original poem
Midi Playing = Me, You And A Dog Named Boo
This page posted or updated:
10/14/2k2 / 5-25-04 / August 2007 / February 2012 // BMW