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Two time AWSA National Specialty Best of Breed winner Two time AWSA National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex winner Best Puppy AWSA, Best Puppy WSCC. 1st white German Shepherd Dog UKC Grand Champion 1st White Shepherd UKC Grand Champion of the “New Breed” UKC Top Ten 2000, 2002 1st White Shepherd UKC agility champion. 1st White Shepherd to prove these dogs can do it all—47 titles earned. Best of all:  Inspiration for first survey and formation of WSGP.
Sire:  Reeves Royal Angus Von Tasz  “Angus” Dam:  Hoofprint Emerald  “Ashlee” Owner:  Judy Huston Breeder:  Pam and Larry Koons September 20, 1995 – June 26, 2005 9 years 9 months  
Checklist of common diseases:   Yes No Cancer           Mammary X           Hemangiosarcoma X           Other X Digestive system           EPI X           IBD X           Perianal fistulas X Endocrine System           Addison's disease X           Hypothyroidism   Heart and Vascular system diseases X*   Immune system diseases   X Skin diseases   X Liver/Pancreatic  X* Skeletal diseases           Elbow dysplasia X           Hip dysplasia X           Intervertebral disc disease X           Lumbosacral stenosis X           Panosteitis X           Spondylosis X Neurological conditions           GSD degenerative myelopathy  X Ocular diseases           Cataracts X           Pannus X           Corneal dystrophy   X Non-genetic symptoms/side effects of other conditions           Arthritis (DJD) X           Bladder atony           Megacolon X X Other * Liver and pancreas had changes likely secondary to circulatory compromise from the intervertebral disc disease/ lumbosacral stenosis. Interpretation of necropsy results: The apparent cause of death of this dog was systemic toxemia secondary to devitalization of the mucosa of the colon.  This allowed bacteria from the colon and the toxins produced by it to be absorbed into the blood stream.  This was part of a series of changes in the body that all stemmed from one another.  There was evidence of intervertebral disc disease throughout portions of the lumbar spine.  This dog was also previously diagnosed with Cauda Equina syndrome/ Lumbosacral stenosis, so it is most likely that the intervertebral disc disease was secondary to this primary condition.  This then led to a demyelinating myelopathy and neuropathy, which caused compromise to many areas of the body, including the gastrointestinal tract (megacolon.)  The compromise to the colon led to devitalization of the mucosa (intestinal lining) and the formation of blood clots in the vessels of the colon.  Toxins from the bacteria in the colon would then be able to enter the blood stream and affect the organs, resulting in the death of this dog. There was extensive ulceration of the stomach in this dog, which may have been a primary problem or may have been secondary to steroid use (to treat the symptoms of the myelopathy/neuropathy.)  There were changes in the liver consistent with steroid use as well.  The lungs and pancreas exhibited evidence of being affected by the systemic toxemia as well.  The lungs displayed evidence of inflammation, the pancreas hemorrhage. Other findings include mild arthritic changes in the elbows and hips.  There was no evidence of elbow or hip dysplasia.   There was no skin disease or ocular disease in this patient.
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