jake frame

Sire: Espresso Sir M Aus Sumpfloch
Dam: CH Starhavens D Haute Chili

In choosing a name for Big Jake, I wanted to balance something symbolic of new beginnings with a connection to the foundations of both his past, through his sire and dam, as well as my own.

In 2012, I took my first ever non-family-centered vacation and went to Morocco, and through the wonderful teachings of our Berber guide learned of the fascinating struggle of the Berber indigenous people form that rich area. They have been overrun, conquered, beaten and suppressed, yet through each wave, they have found some way to evolve yet maintain their own identity.

In a half-century of life, I have sought to serve and embrace those who need me, yet also maintain a sense of my own true self – the reason the Berber struggle resonated so much with me. I have spent my life working as a Law Enforcement Officer (a LEO in our parlance) with all of its connotations of the Old West marshals and the Old West code of honor: stay true to yourself, stand up for those who can’t, remember that courage and strength are often found more in gentleness than fierceness, never compromise what you believe in.

So – here is what Jake’s name represents:

  • Magnus means and represented 2 key things for me: the German Saint Magnus, a missionary who was a protector of the Bavarian region, and also symbolic of the Magna Carta, which recognized and protected the liberty of the individual and became the basis for modern judicial law
  • Jolo comes from the Naga Jolokia pepper, also known as the ghost pepper, and is truly beautiful as well as one of the hottest peppers known. It is from the Assam region in India and was named after the Naga warriors, who were known as some of the fiercest in the region, and Jake’s sweet mother Chili was beautiful and always full of sass!
  • Amazigh is the word the Berber use to describe themselves, and its root means “free and noble defender”. To me it represents the spirit of the Berber people to remain free and independent of imposed outside influence.
  • Jake was the call name I knew was his from the beginning, and honors the spirit of the American Cowboy Heritage as a reference to the original “Big Jake”, a John Wayne character, who was a model of independent thinking and harmony with nature


Jake was entered in his first show in January 2014 in Clemson, SC, taking Best of Winners and Best of Opposite against tough competition!  While taking points in most of his outings, some of the highlights of his show efforts have included:

Leonberger Best of Breed in Spartenburg, SC in June 2014 (handled by Andrea Elliott-Casterline)

Back-to-back Reserve Winners Dog at the MALC of VA show in Leesburg, VA in October 2014

IABCA International Championship received in Concord in Feb 2015 (owner-handled)

Reserve Winners Dog at the AKC show at the LCA Nationals in Frankenmuth, MI (handled by Andrea Elliott-Casterline)

AKC Championship in Richmond in June 2015 (handled by Andrea Elliott-Casterline)

Back-to-back Awards of Merit at the MALC of VA Show in Millwood in September 2015 (handled by Brittany Cipriotti)

Stud Information

Jake is a powerful, loving, inquisitive and confident companion, as quick to defend his home from frogs, bugs and those evil squeakies that like to hide in toys as he is to give a hug or kiss to everyone he meets! He has a beautiful expressive head, a strong topline and nice angulations in his front, with a well-muscled rear and clean balanced movement.

Jake is available for stud in accordance with the guidelines of the Leonberger Club of America.  

LCA information page.


Health Test Information - CHIC#104389