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New Skete Monastery, Cambridge, NY.


  • Beth
    Jun 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    This Monastery looks really interesting. Going to go google where it is. Never heard of Cambridge NY. Dog friendly too!

  • heather
    Jun 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Beth, the Monks of New Skete breed and train GSDs. They have written some books on dog training – including advocating for the infamous “alpha roll”. I have never read their books so I really can’t judge – but I have heard that they include sound dog advice, although some of it is considered outdated.

  • Edna
    Jun 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I thought that the monks raised the shepards(no pun) and the nuns made the cheesecake? Its been years since Ive been to Cambridge but from what I do remember its a lovely,quaint and friendly town.The cheesecake from the nuns is a bit of heaven here on earth.

  • the Original Colleen
    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks Edna, now I want some cheesecake; it is delish!!!

  • BD
    Jun 17, 2010 at 8:51 am

    This looks like a beautiful place- and those dogs are gorgeous!

    I found the New Skete dog-training books very helpful.

  • Kaye
    Jun 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Those dogs are gorgeous!

  • Glenn
    Jun 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve visited the New Skete Monastery with my German Shepherd and they would not allow him out of my truck to mingle with their dogs. But it is an amazing place and I also found their books extremely helpful when training my German Shepherd Ghengis Khan, he has since passed about 3 yrs ago but I still think about him everyday. And yes, the Nuns of New Skete make the best cheescake hands down.

  • Allison
    Jun 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, I would love a German Shepherd from there. I have one that’s probably nearing the end of her life, *sad sad sad* and after her, I really want to get one from there. They are gorgeous; their markings are perfect.

  • Charles
    Nov 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm


    I was doing some searches for New Skete shepherds and I happened to come across this site and to my surprise I found a picture of myself! I’m a layperson with the Monks of New Skete and am actually the guy kneeling down in the first picture posted. The shepherd next to me is named Mercedes and, for a time, I was helping to provide foster care for the dog.

    To the people commenting about the gorgeousness of the scenery and the dogs, you’re absolutely right. I’ve been working at the monastery for a little over a year and there are still times driving up the mountain where the scenery astounds me, particularly in the fall. I truly feel blessed to work for the Monks of New Skete and to have the opportunity to work around the shepherds.

    If you are interested in learning more about the New Skete Communities, which includes the monks, nuns and companions feel free to visit our site @ http://www.newskete.com.

    And, yes, the cheesecake is delicious!

  • Alice Winston
    Jul 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Do you ever take in other breeds of dogs to train? I sponsored a spitz mix dog to come up to New England around December 31st. This dog had come out of a kill shelter in Miami.
    She has been with a rescue in Maine. However, the dog has become a fear biter. When she is happy, she is a love bug. They at this point do not know what to do with her. They would like me to take her. However, I am dealing with a dog who has congestive heart failure and other medical problems. So I cannot take her back. She is wait listed for Charleys Strays in Maine. Someone recommended your monestary to me. This dog survived a month in a kill shelter in Miami Florida where they kill in 5 days. She was the shelter worker’s favorite. I think her fear biting started when the first foster I placed her in over reacted to the dog’s picking up a sock. I am sure that the husband hit the dog. The dog was not known as a biter before this time. Although the rescue said she was doing well in a foster June 6th, I got a different story when they wanted me to pick her up. She is still with them. But I do not know what they are going to do. I am very worried. From what I was told, this dog is typical of the spitz breed. They are fearful. Do you know of anyone who could adopt or rescue this dog.
    Thank you for any help.

  • Dori
    Nov 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I waited and saved for two years for a Monk’s dog. I’ve had her for a year and love her. I’ve also spent most of the year keeping her alive and eating since she has (had, I hope) a rare jaw bone disease. When I flew up to get her, they literally tossed her in my lap; she squirmed and walked away, and they went on to business stuff. Given a choice, given my application, had I not been so tired from the flight, I would have said: “No way.” Please give me a dog who licks me. I wonder which celebrity got the dog who licks and follows you as my other shepherds have always done.
    They have never followed up on the jaw disease and even asked me, “What litter is she from?” I would think they would know that.
    I had to go to the bottom of the google list to even post this. No yelp. Anyone out there who has similar concerns? If so, you can reach me at doriwagner @yahoo.com.

  • Donna Lather
    Mar 16, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I am looking for a german sheperd pupy. I hand to put to sleep my 11 1/2 year old white germand sheperd 2 weeks before Thanks Giving.I have always had german sheperds. The puppy will be a part of our famly. I take them to obedance glass my self and work with them. I hve 2 cats that I found on the streets I am a animal lover. My phone number is (518)371-1040. My vet Dr. Tenney ststed she would give me a glowing recommendation.

  • MaryAnn
    May 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    The New Skete Community is wonderful. I purchased a female German Shepherd puppy from them. She (Kita) passed away at the age of 13. I miss her very much. She was the best dog I ever had.
    She was training in search and rescue and we had great times together. She also had a sister, a Samoyed, who also passed away at 13 years of age. The Samoyed was a Registered Therapy Dog. Both dogs really got along well with each other. The 3 of us had great times and they knew who there alpha was in the pack; me. They were the absolute best dogs.
    Thank you New Skete for breeding the absolute best German Shepherd Dog possible.

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