The Milan family started in the dog business with English Springer Spaniels. For more than 20 years, they bred and trained Springers before realizing the capabilities of the German Shepherd Dog.
The Milan’s first working GSD was Malvina, an import from the Czech. Malvina was titled in Schutzhund and she worked like a well-oiled machine.
While being a great protector, Malvina was also very friendly, which was a trait the family really liked.
Next, the Milan’s acquired Denali, a German import. Denali became a protector for Jamie, Astro’s manager, while she was away at college. And protect she did. Once, she scared a vagrant away from Jamie’s car, and another time she guarded the townhouse, making Jamie and her roommate the only ones on the street who didn’t get robbed.
The Milan’s loved the German Shepherd breed so much, they decided to see what other fun things they could do with them.
Little did they know, this next step would not only help to enrich their own lives, but also allow them to save other’s lives. Enter Foothills Search & Rescue.
Foothills is a non-profit search and rescue organization where members utilize dogs to help find lost and missing people. The team features all different breeds, from GSDs to Bloodhounds, Labs, Golden Retrievers, Australian Shepherds and mutts. Over the course of the years, Foothills has helped bring lost people home and has helped families have closure when a loved one goes missing.