Diablo Valley German Shepherd Dog Club

Don Nordstrom


The Diablo Valley German Shepherd Dog Club lost long-time member and supporter Don Nordstrom in February 2012.

Don Nordstrom and his wife Joan joined the club in 1981after taking in their first purebred German Shepherd Dog Misty, Showboat’s Paramour TC, CGC, CD, HT, TD. Misty was a gorgeous long-coat that excelled in obedience, herding, and tracking. Joan describes their tracking experiences on the club’s website.

Don enjoyed participating in all of the club’s activities. He was always there, while the dew was fresh on the grass, setting up obedience rings then, as the sun set, breaking the rings down again. He kept time at herding trials even when he had no dog entered. He and Joan represented the club at large dog shows, including the arduous annual all-breed benched show at the Cow Palace, south of San Francisco. His deep, resonant voice was perfect for announcing at the club’s specialty conformation shows.

Above all, Don was the best temperament test “Weird Stranger” That voice, along with his imposing height adorned in a floor-length trench coat and thumping his threatening wood staff, proved that dozens of dogs exhibited the hallmark distinctions of the breed, “… a distinct personality marked by direct and fearless, but not hostile, expression, self-confidence and a certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.” (From the AKC German Shepherd Dog standard.)

Don relished playing the part of agitating and testing the canine entrants’ confidence, and equally enjoyed the happy, friendly company of the same dogs afterward.