She is my best friend and a wonderful,smart,beautiful companion!

Thanks, Jim




Max is a very sweet boy and has been a joy to have in our life!

Thank you for a wonderful new family member.

Dwight C
Churchville NY



Skip and Laureen brought a very special and happy girl into the world, and we are very fortunate to have Maci as part of our family.  My constant and faithful companion, she is intelligent, eager, communicative, and loving … truly beautiful inside and out.  Maci has clear working-dog characteristics:  lean and with a straight back, she is incredibly athletic with blinding (Saluki-like) speed and off the chart ball (prey) drive with staying power galore.  Fortunately I work from home so we take frequent breaks to run and train off leash in the fields around town.  I use a ball or frisbee as her main training tool.  She enjoys bite-work with the tug as well.  Maci is ever watchful and protective  yet when given the ok, is eager to meet new people to play … or roll-over for a belly rub!

Robert M    


Hi Kathy and Hans,
I wanted to let you know how well Greta is doing.  She goes to nursing homes with our sing-a-long group and is always well behaved and the residents love to pet her.  Everyone comments on how beautiful she is.  She's very attached to me and follows me everywhere I go.  Thanks for all your good breeding and training. 



Anya and Elfie enjoy some playtime in the Snow


Hi, Kathy,
Anya and Elfie send dog kisses! They have become good buddies along with the 4 little dogs and the cat. I love the temperament of
 Anya and Elfie. Anya has adapted quickly, just as Elfie did when she first came here. Where ever I take them, people comment
 on what beautiful and well-mannered dogs they are.
I'll send more pictures as I take them.
Thank you so much for letting us share our home with these two great girls!



                                              Talos keeping warm after Hurricane Sandy hits New Jersey
Hans and Kathy-
Talos is becoming a gorgeous GSD! Thank you so much for everything that you have done to raise him
into the amazing puppy that he was when I recieved him that great afternoon. He has brought many smiles,
much laughter, and memories to our family in the short time that we have had him. Now at only 7 months
old he has shown the ability to be trained very fast. His excellent disposition has even got the attention of
the Edison Towniship police K-9 officer while on a run a few weeks ago.

Your service is impeccable and I would HIGHLY recommend you as a breeder to anyone looking for an
amazing GSD in or outside of Ohio. Being that I am from New Jersey, I was very apprehensive about
"ordering" a puppy online. You have become a part of our family and are reachable anytime I need you.

Once again I would like to thank you for the amazing job that you have done for me and my family
by bringing this wonderful dog into our lives.

Best regards,

Diana  New Jersey


Hi, Kathy,
Just wanted to update you on Elfie. She is a great dog and we love her! We have had her for over a year
now and she is a good house dog and a great watch dog. She gets along well with the other dogs and the
cat. It has worked really well for me to get an adult dog as I do not have the stamina for a puppy anymore.

Thanks again for Elfie! I'm attaching a recent picture of her for you.
Nancy F.



My sons and I took HarIey to our local Dog Park last night. Just as we were about to leave, a lady showed up with a shepherd
and I knew immediately she was a VomBuflod! I asked her where she got it and she said around Kings Island.
We chatted for awhile and she let me take a picture of her dog (attached), who was born on St. Patricks Day 2011.

Just wanted to let you know what a great job you're doing breeding your shepherds because they're recognizable!
Also wanted to let you know that Harley has been such a blessing to our family since he entered our lives on September 5, 2004.

He's my baby and I love him dearly!
M Smith
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Hi Kathy!

Well, we are quickly approaching Sunny’s 1st birthday. I hope you don’t get tired of me telling you what a fantastic dog she is!! We just got back from vacation in Cape San Blas, Florida, which Sunny loved. People, TOTAL STRANGERS, wanted to come up and pet her and commented on how beautiful she is. She did great on the trip down, about 14 hours over 2 days. She was a great sport riding that many hours in a van without complaining. We did go to Florida with some friends and people would come up to them and say “aren’t you the people who have that beautiful dog?”

Thank you again for this wonderful friend. You couldn’t have matched me up with a better dog!




Hi Kathy,
We chose Leila as the name for our pup. I have attached a pic of her w/Tieka. They are getting along well! Leila has been a big hit w/our family and friends. She is very outgoing and social. We are very happy with her. I will keep you updated w/photos as she grows.

Kind regards,

Lynne Jackson




Dear Kathy,

I just had to write and provide an update on Jager since I picked him up in December of 2009 as a Christmas present for our 26 year-old son. From the very first moment, Jager has been a true gift to our family. I have grown up with German Shepherds my entire life and we have never had a dog that is so smart, protective, and committed to our family in every way possible.

In September of 2010, our son had an unexpected career change and Jager came to live with my husband and me. I cannot describe the profound impact he has had our lives. Right before we bought Jager for our son, we lost our 10 year old Shepherd and had decided to wait until my husband retired (10 years) to get another dog. We were convinced that no other dog could live up to Winston, but Jager has proved us wrong. Training him has been almost effortless. He NEVER ventures from the yard and picks up on commands after only the briefest of instruction. The only difficulty we have with him is that he absolutely LOVES the water and we have a hard time keeping him out of it (I had to laugh at the pictures of Axel--Jager is just like that with a hose)! We have never had a Shepherd who is so confident with the water and new situations--he is truly a testament to your statement that "Excellence in puppies is not produced by random chance by rather by very selective breeding."

I wish I could capture in words how Jager has captured our hearts. Neither Tom nor I can imagine our life without him. Our son was home two weekends ago (Jager is still very bonded to him too) and mentioned something about once he was settled maybe getting Jager back. We love our son, but there is no way he will ever get Jager back! We are even considering getting Jager a brother or sister (something we have never done) and you can be sure that any Shepherd we consider will be from the vom Buflod line!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time, care, and dedication to producing a German Shepherd who is truly the epitome of excellence!

Shannon C. Henderson



Dear Kathy,

Felix has turned out to be an amazing dog. At the moment he is accompanying me on a cross-country
trip, and I could not ask for a better traveling companion. In fact we
are now in Ohio, which is what made me think of you, since we are in
Felix's childhood home so to speak.

Felix is so beautiful and everyone says so. And his personality is wonderful!

Thanks again.

Michele Bigelow



Hi Kathy,

Axel's favorite game in the world is chasing a stream of water. He looks wildly rabid here, but he's just intensely focused on the
water. When I turn off the spray, he drops to the ground like a border collie and waits until I say
"go". He is *very* driven and has a lot of energy-- he craves this
kind of exercise. He's the only dog I know who thinks regular walks are boring! :-)

He's great with people and other dogs. Not so great with the cat,
which is, after all, a Moving Object. We keep working on this, but
nature keeps winning over nurture.They do get along, and will lie peacefullly together on the couch.
And if we're playing with the hose, the cat can walk right in front of
him and Axel completely ignores him.

I am pretty sure that he's the kind of dog who would enjoy leaping out
of a helicopter to take out a terrorist (as long as he wasn't
distracted by a stream of water!)


Kel Casey
San Diego, California


Hi Kathy,
Just want to thank you again for the great dog!! Elfie vom Karanberg is fitting in so well here and she is such a sweetheart!!
She is getting along fine with the dogs and the cat and decided very quickly that I was her friend. The snow is here this morning ... the ground is covered. I'm glad I was able to drive to get Elfie yesterday, though this would not have stopped me.
Thanks again for Elfie and I will keep you posted with her progress.





I just wanted to thank you for our wonderful dog "Nine". He is incredible!!!  Funny...he has two black spots on his tongue like his dad skip.
He is still a little wild as a puppy, but is the best guard dog.  If anyone is even walking near our house, he lets us know!  He follows me around to every room,
and if he wants something he drags me to whatever it is he wants...he is soooo smart!  He  is very loving, yet protective, he is wonderful and has the best disposition!  

I will be contacting you for another puppy in the near future.


Jen Wells




Dear Kathy,


I just wanted to write and let you know that Sunny is doing fantastic. She has been such a fun pup and is very rapidly turning into a wonderful dog.  She is exactly like you told me she would be…very laid back which works well for me since I do medical transcription work at home.  Don’t get me wrong, she loves to play, but while I am working during the day she is very patient and lies in her bed behind me and waits for me to get up from my chair, and then she is at my side for the remainder of the day. 


I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to match the personalities of the pups and the potential new owners.  I am sure it would be so much easier to just sell them.  Thank you so much for matching me with this wonderful dog and as you say on your site, and I love this phrase, “This excellence in puppies is not produced by random chance but rather by VERY SELECTIVE BREEDING.”


At Christmas this year, Sunny was the life of the party, with the kids and adults.  My previous German Shepherd did not do well with large family gatherings and I had to put her in my bedroom when I had people here.  There were around 23 people here on Christmas Eve and another 20 on Christmas Day.  This was a great treat for all the kids to be able to play with Sunny and she really seemed to love it as well.  I don’t know if you can tell what is going on in the picture or not, but the kids were blowing on her face which you know would make a lot of dogs bite, but not Sunny, she was giving kisses.  Just another great testament to the disposition and temperament of the dogs you breed.


I look forward to many, many great years with Sunny and I will always return to you for my 4 legged family members.  I will refer others to you without hesitation.


Thank you again, respectively,


Judy Oakerson



P.S.  I think that Sunny believes all of this snow we have been having has been put here just for her.  She loves it and just wants to be outside!






Hi Kathy,


We couldn’t be happier with our decision to purchase one of your puppies.  From the first day we spoke you were nothing but helpful and honest.  Purchasing a dog out of state is sometimes a difficult thing to do, however you made the process so easy!  After speaking with you I just knew I could trust you every step of the way and I was ABSOLUTELY right!  I really appreciate you going out of your way to help us find a dog that was perfect for our family and exactly what we wanted.  You continue to be exceptionally helpful in answering all my questions and providing recommendations on food, training equipment, and obedience.  I can tell you really love these dogs and want only the best for them.  


Prior to purchasing one of your puppies we contacted several very well known breeders all over the states.  Some of these kennels we even had an opportunity to visit and were very disappointed in what we found.  We have to admit after picking up our puppy and seeing your kennel for ourselves you have the cleanest facility with the most gorgeous dogs!  More importantly, we were exceptionally impressed with the great temperament of all your dogs, especially when other breeders bragged about their dogs high drive.


Vegas (Yambo/Cana puppy) has adjusted very well and is doing awesome at home.  We are amazed with how smart this dog is already at only 8 weeks old.  The transition for Vegas and our family went very smoothly.  He brings so much joy to our family.  We look forward to watching him grow up.  Your selective breeding throughout the years has created the most balanced German Shepherds.  


Thanks so much for all your hard work!!! 


Jennifer and Nick Marks



UPDATE 7/14/2011

HiKathy, Visa LOVES water -- and spas whenever there is an opportunity. Most afternoons she hops in the bathtub to sleep. Her big sister BlueBleu and her enjoy daily romps at the nearby ravine -- she gets plenty of exercise and love.

Thank you again for breeding such wonderful shepherds. Best, Stephanie Henry

Hi Kathy,

You have no idea how much joy Visa brings to everyone who meets her! She is the most happy go lucky dog I have ever met.
Almost 9 months, 24 inches at the shoulder and 74 pounds. She's such a good girl -- we love her very much.
Thank you for breeding such great tempered dogs.

Columbus, Ohio






I just wanted to write a letter to let you know how happy we are with our decision to purchase a puppy from you this past summer.
I contacted a lot of breeders and I was very interested in getting the right dog for our family with young children. Many breeders
talked about the high drive of their dogs but you talked about a dedication to breeding balanced dogs.
Anya has lots of energy and is very smart but also can settle down and just hang out. That is just what we were looking for, a family companion, not a full time working dog!

I have a great dog plus a support system for taking care of her. Your suggestions for her food, training equipment and even a good vet
have been a tremendous help.

Amy Kress





Lily Vom Buflod just turned 3 last month. Her parents are Dasha and Skip and she looks much like her father.
She is an 85 pound beautiful Girl. She is very healthy and active and loves to play catch and take walks. She
is our best friend and we love her beyond words. She is very smart and friendly and a joy to be with.

We appreciate all the time you took to help us find the perfect dog. We also appreciate how you have always been there to answer our questions. We think you have the best dogs in the world!

Have a wonderful and healthy holiday season

Very Best Regards,

Paula and Norm Beck






Hello Kathy,
Its been nearly two years since Bear joined us and may I say, how I love that dog!!! He is the most marvelous and wonderful creature on this earth!!!

He still gets comments everywhere we go and the trainer I am working with right now thinks he is the most beautiful shepperd she has ever seen. Of course he is.

J Thanks so much.


                                    Bear vom Buflod son of Skip vom Kottersbush.
                     Almost 8 years old & still the most handsome dog in town



7/21/2011 Update at 1 year:

Rolf is doing fantastic and growing like a weed! He is extremely handsome and we have recently discovered his favorite activity is swimming. It is hard to keep him out of a body of water whether it is a lake or
a puddle! I took him last week to the vet to be weighed and he is a lean 102 lbs. I train, walk and play with him daily. He fears nothing but he is so friendly with everyone he meets, especially children.
I would love to obtain a full brother to him one day if you repeat a Cindy/Yambo breeding. I am convinced I could not have gotten a better dog or friend! I hope you are doing well!




Rolf is doing excellent and growing rapidly. He is almost 27 inches at the shoulder at 9 months and he weighed a lean 92lbs at the vet's office today. He is going to be very long like Yambo as well. He loves to go hiking and his favorite activity is to herd the miniature donkeys at the place I used to work. I knew he would have a strong drive for it but he loves it even more than I thought he would! My family and friends think he is the sweetest and most well behaved German Shepherd they've ever seen.I am very happy with him and he has done very well with training.

Thank you for a great partner and friend!





Diva  is a wonderful addition to our family!

Thanks again.

Steve and Kathy Crane

Reiko is very loving, smart, energetic and loves to play with his tennis balls.
He loves children and they always walk right up to pet him. He is very sweet
with them and that is why we are going to look into therapy dog training in the winter for him.
Thank you again for a great companion.

Jenna Birri 




                                    We love, love, love Ilanka! She is perfect for us.


Thank you for the years of training and care you provided for her.

We are having a blast playing and hiking all over - she has tons of energy.

Attached are a few pics: the first few days were probably a shock for her in a new environment,

but she is really settling in and comfortable all over the house.

We visited my vet on Friday and the whole staff was crazy for Ilanka.

Hope all is well with you - watch that Halloween candy!

Thanks again for all you did to make Ilanka such a great dog and now the true joy in our life.

I really hope that you are not missing her too badly... she's in good hands and happy.

Judi Simac

South Carolina





Thank you again for a very enjoyable afternoon Saturday. My daughter, quite surprisingly had a great time with the big dogs.

I was truly impressed and my mother who is the true dog person I know was as well. Equally impressive was how mom's new puppy

handled himself over the last day while my mother was here visiting with us. If I ever go back to having a dog too, I would certainly be

honored to have one as wonderful as this puppy was. What an outstanding temperament and so smart!

I have attached a couple of pictures with my daughter and Lion. We were impressed considering this was her first time handling

a big dog like that!

Thank you again,

Jim Riehm





When Annette and I got Alf (Eli) we never imagined he would grow into the part of our lives that brings us so much joy...

he has developed quite the personality and the most amazing traits that can be comical. He has also developed the

reputation in our neighborhood as the security guard...he loves to let neighbors know that there is someone in the area

that shouldn't be there...but after all he's only doing his job.

Thank you so much for the wonderful expertise you bring to the world of GSDs!

I tell everyone I see about you...

Thanks again,

Tom, Annette and Eli





How is everyone doing your way? Thought you might enjoy this picture of Bella. I can't wait for you to see her again she is awesome in every way.

Bob and I and probably all our family and friends would be lost without her. Bob said he would never let a dog sleep with us again, but this changed quickly! 99% of the time she sleeps below my feet. She has brought so much joy in our lives. My other dogs were great, but she
as so much loyalty and love towards me it is amazing. She is protective yet loving with all and knows I'm "mom".
I can not explain how it feels to have a dog with such a different caliber about itself than others. I think I actually
was scared the first several (teenage months) or intimidated because she was soo smart. Now that it has settled in
that I own a real German German Shepherd with police dog abilities let alone beautiful, I can now just sit back, enjoy,
and smile!

Take Care and God Bless,

Denice Nikias-Buffett and Bella
Cincinnati, Ohio




Just thought i would write to keep you posted on DENVER. He is doing great, he is 5 months old now and he weighs

61 lbs. He is so handsome, people are always stopping me asking me where we got him, as a matter of fact I gave

your address and phone number to some guy the other day that stopped me while we were walking. He is such a

good dog, he loves to play in the snow, he loves going on walks, and loves the car! He is really calm, which I am happy

about. Thank you for being such a help in picking him out. We had told you we wanted a calmer dog, because the

other gsd we have is very mellow. They get along fantastic together!!!

I am sending you some pictures of denver, so you can see how handsome he is and how he has grown.

Keep in touch.





"Layla" is doing wonderful and how grateful I am that you allowed us to give her a home. She is a wonderful dog and we enjoy her totally.

She enjoys running and playing with her 2 canine sibling and chasing the cats whenever we might not be watching.She is a little leary of the llamas

and horses though. My family has had German Shepherds for years but I have never had one that adopted me as

their master. Layla does not allow me to move from room to room in the house without her and she always turns

herself inside out when I come in the house!

Many thanks for this opportunity,

Kally Cotton


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