-- The Liturgy of St. Basil



"O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brethren the animals to whom you have given the earth as their home in common with us.  May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for You, and that they love the sweetness of life."

For many of us, love for creation deepens through the relationships we form with our pets, particularly our dogs. By their very nature and need, dogs draw us out of ourselves: they root us in nature, making us more conscious of the mystery of God inherent in all things. We cannot but delight in recognizing God’s mystery in the length and breadth of our daily life. In our particular monastic context of New Skete, we have been privileged to share this in a special way with our German Shepherds, who in an entirely natural way have taught us many important lessons about life and about ourselves.

Our relationship with the German Shepherd breed began when we were given our first dog, Kir, in the early days of our monastery. Kir was a beloved pet to all of us and our relationship with him led us to adopt more German Shepherd dogs and eventually, at the request of friends, to begin breeding these intelligent and beautiful animals.

 For more information on our breeding program and how to apply for a German Shepherd puppy or dog, 
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We offer a 2.5-week training program for all breeds. Our books, The Art of Raising a Puppy, How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend, Divine Canine, Dogs & Devotion, and Bless the Dogs describe and illustrate our distinctive approach, and were written to help dog owners bond with and train their dogs, and ultimately, build a relationship based on love and respect that enriches both human and canine.

For more information on our training program and to enroll your dog,  
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