In Memory

Waltraut Zieher
August 28, 1939 - September 5, 2012

Waltraut with Tango
Breeder, Kennel von Stutensee
Founding Member of Leonberger Club of America
Founder of the Leonberger Health Foundation
Heinrich Essig Award Recipient (Leonberger Club of America)
Millenium Award Recipient (Club Italiano del Leonberger)
Warrior for the good of the Leonberger. Always.

Waltraut left me with two beautiful Leo girls that are soft, gentle and loving.  They are also perceptive, honest and, if necessary, fierce.  They represent, in so many ways, the legacy of Waltraut.  I will cherish my memories of her and feel her with me every time I wrap my arms around their great necks and bury my face in their silken hair. 




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Sojourner von Stutensee CGC
Bluebonnet's Bob x Cera Lowe v. Walhall
June 7, 2009 - December 21, 2015
6 years, 7 months
bone cancer

sojourner: (a person or thing) which stays in some place only for a short time

Travel well, my Journey.  You've left a wide and gaping hole in my home and my heart.
My Sojourner, my Good Girl.













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Perfect Mekka von Stutensee
Hannibal vom Matthiasberg x Miracle Myakka von Stutensee
July 21, 2005 - January 2, 2011
5 years, 5 months
ruptured abscess in lung, caused by inhalation and migration of a grass awn





I've tried many times to write what she deserves and am never satisfied with the results.  Words are too flat and devoid of emotion.  The best I can do is this:  Mekka was goodness.

  good·ness
 the state or quality of being good
moral excellence; virtue
kindly feeling; kindness; generosity
excellence of quality
the best part of anything; essence; strength











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Cera Lowe v. Walhall
Gringo v. Bayertor x Persephone Lowe v. Walhall
January 15, 2003 - April 18, 2016
13 years, 3 months
Euthanized due to complications of old age
Owned and loved by Waltraut and Klaus Zieher

Cera at 12 years old, an elegant Gray Muzzle recipient

Cera, at 11 years old, with Klaus

Cera, at 8 years old, with Waltraut

 Young Cera

Mother to my Journey, grandmother to Venture.  Cera was Waltraut's girl from Germany.  She was the most  vital Leonberger I have ever met.  I loved her fat nose and electric presence and told Waltraut I wanted a puppy from her one day.  My Journey was that puppy.  Cera lived 13 wonderful, healthy, and vital years.  I wish we knew her secret.  
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Nockerl von Stutensee
Knockando's Deidesheim with Blossom x Iblis von Stutensee
November 8th, 2002 - July 3, 2013
10 years, 7 months
bone cancer
Owned and loved first by Waltraut Zieher, then Michael Felker and Liz Brandt

Veteran Nocki with Michael


Veteran Nocki with Michael and her son, Tyr

Sweet Nocki.  Mother to Tango and Tyr, grandmother to Bryn.  Nocki, along with her mom and sister, was my first glimpse of a Leonberger. 


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Omyto Ondra v. Stutensee
Einstein v. Reinkenhof x Kaleidoskop v. Stutensee
August 6, 2004 - February 3, 2013
8 years, 8 months
cause unknown - suspected Hemangiosarcoma
Owned and loved by my parents, Danny and Susan Wilson




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Ohseeme v. Stutensee
Einstein v. Reinkenhof x Kaleidoskop v. Stutensee
August 6, 2004 - January 11, 2016
11 years, 5 months
cause unknown - suspected Hemangiosarcoma
Owned and loved by my parents, Danny and Susan Wilson