About Standing Bear Leos
We are Susan and David Lattier and live on a 7 acre farm outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with our two Leonbergers, Bia & Bruin, and PattyCatty, the barn cat.
Dave and I had 2 Shiloh Shepherds in the early 2000's, Merlin and Kiva Bear. We "met" other Shiloh owners through a forum called The Shilohzone. Several also had Leonbergers. The stories they told of their Leos were funny and intriguing. Of course, we began investigating the breed, and though we had hoped someday to get a St. Bernard, Leos stole our hearts.
I met my first Leonberger while skiing at El Dora in Colorado. I am sure many of you can relate to your first Leo sighting. I popped off my skis and went running to meet this dog, calling "is that a Leonberger?" It was! True love!
When our Kiva Bear's health gave out in September 2008 at age 13, we
began a search for a Leonberger puppy. We brought home Sentez Laramie Bridger in October. He helped our Merlin adjust to the loss of Kiva Bear. We named Bridger after Jim Bridger, a mountain dog named for a Mountain Man of the Old West, and the Bridger Wilderness too.
Cherrywood's Beartooth Bruin CGC
Voice in the Wilderness BN CGCA CGCU
A few years later, as Merlin aged, we decided we did not want to see Bridger be alone to suffer the loss of his pal. Enter Cherrywood's Voice in the Wilderness- the purple ribbon girl- our Togwotee, often called Togwotee Ann or even Togwotee Ann Basset. Ann Basset was a wild woman of the Old West, and of course, there is the Togwotee pass is in Wyoming.
What a puppy Togwotee was. She chewed every piece of wood her mouth touched, chairs, steps, the underside of tables, you name it, she chewed it. And she outgrew that chewing, and she and Bridger adjusted well to Merlin's passing.
We did conformation and obedience and carting with Bridger, and swimming at an indoor facility year round for fun.
Togwotee tried everything: obedience, rally, agility, barnwork, nose hunt, dock diving ,therapy work, conformation, sheep herding, swimming, and then, found her true love, lure coursing when she was 5! She had a remarkable prey drive.
Leonbergers will do anything for you if they like it!
We moved from our urban home near the University in fall of 2016 to this farm. Bridger was then 8, but such a healthy boy we weren't thinking of adding a puppy to the family yet. He unexpectedly left us in November 2017 and we were all devastated and Tog was alone.
The search for a puppy began.
We flew to California in January to bring home our bundle of sunshine, Monarch's Bia. Togwotee was over the moon. They hit it off immediately.
Bia was the white ribbon puppy, and bia is Italian for white,or fair. She is fair! She is a dog full of energy and joy and very vocal with her woo-woo-wooing. She loves everyone she meets.
Bia has done swimming, obedience, and conformation so far although the Covid-19 has put a stop to all competitions. She has 8 points towards her championship including two 3 point majors.
When Bia was about 6 months old, Cherrywood's Beartooth Bruin was looking for a home, we couldn't resist! He is Bia's best buddy.
Bruin is a happy boy, he could get Bia and Tog to play all kinds of dog games. He does swimming, conformation and obedience. When life returns to normal, he will be competing in obedience.
We love this breed and are dedicated to furthering the health and longevity of Leonbergers. Dave has been active with the Leonberger Health Foundation and we support it wholeheartedly.
Our hopes that this planned breeding of Bia and Sulley will produce beautiful puppies with the amazing temperaments of both parents. Puppies who will work for you with any endeavor and puppies who will just be your best friend. Healthy, happy, beautiful Leonbergers!
Sentez Laramie Bridger BN