I know this thread is old, but as a caregiver to a wonderful Grunenfeld dog and a customer of Grunenfeld, I want to share my joy and happiness at owning one of Jackie's dogs.
I have been very impressed with the quality of dogs that Jackie produces. I am close friends w/ two Grunenfeld owners, including MSpiker03 who posts here, and another who has had 4 Grunenfeld dogs spanning over 2 decades, one of them being a litter-mate to my Janka Pie. I also met fellow Grunenfeld owners at the beach and through Flickr who have very well-bred and well-raised dogs. I am also very touched by the obvious love and passion she has for this breed and the GSDs she cares for & raises.
There will always be opinions based on surface impressions, and a website is no different than the cover of a book. She has been doing this for a long time, and I know she has reasons for the contents of her website, which to me, isn't as important as the time and effort she showed me before I committed to one of her puppies.
Before going with Grunenfeld, I was contacting GSD breeders from NorCal to SoCal, and even in AZ & NV. I didn't mind driving if it meant purchasing the right dog from an ethical breeder. I sent off questionnaires abt the sires/dams, diet of sires/dams/puppies, vaccination schedule of breeding adults/puppies as well as intrinsic questions such as why they breed, what they look for in owners, etc.
Jackie Athon was the ONLY person out of 11 candidates that fit the criteria on my list, right down to the diet (which was a BIGGIE for me) and the only one who answered ALL my questions earnestly w/o making me feel like I was a hassle. I was invited to her home to meet with her and her dogs before committing, and I stayed for over 4 hours.
Janka is an AMAZING dog. She was house-trained within a WEEK after we brought her home. She is fantastic with children of ALL ages, and instinctively know how to be gentle around the little ones even though my husband and I do not have children. I have parrots, cats and even at one point a 3-day old chick and I trust her implicitly. She is very trainable, healthy (apart from a chicken/seasonal allergy), extremely intelligent and has a very quirky sense of humour. She is everything I wanted in *MY* German Shepherd.
Whether you go with a Grunenfeld Dog or not, I wish you all the best in your search for the right dog. I have had no complaints, and I respect Jackie as a person, breeder and dog lover.
Janka vom Grunenfeld, BH (d.o.b. 10/12/07)