What's in a Name

by Tina M. Barber

In 1962 I started my kennel under the name of "Konigin." During those years I was obsessed with producing the "perfect" dog, for my needs! I HAD A DREAM ! I knew in my heart what I wanted to produce.....SUPER INTELLIGENCE...HUGE SIZE…GREAT HIPS!!! Those where my 3 "biggies" but I also wanted a specific "TYPE"-- a "look" that would stop traffic!!! I worked very hard during those first 12 years, but I just couldn’t get the "package" I dreamt of! I would get HUGE size, but the hips would fall apart! I would get super intelligence, with good hips, but they would be small "bitchy headed" ugly (foxy looking) dogs! I would get looks, with no brains! a few nice ones would raise my hopes, but then they would produce absolute nightmares!! I was actually about to give up the whole "dream" as a totally unattainable fantasy! The money, time and energy I expended, didn’t reap any kind of reward, only heartbreak! There was no such thing as a "perfect" Shepherd type!!! After 12 YEARS of disappointments, I realized that without a "miracle" my dream was about to die!

During those last few years (early ‘70’s), I had a lot of people "witnessing" to me...my full testimony has been published in many of my old newsletters, and I plan to put it into my "kennel archives" section (on the web) soon, so I will not bore you with it here. Nevertheless, I finally gave up my pride & invited Jesus as my personal saviour on 2/26/74. Being a rebellious child, the first thing I did was to start "fleecing" my Saviour! Then one day while I was reading the story of Hannah, how she desperately wanted a child (she was barren) and how she went to SHILOH, to the house of the Lord to petition him for a son...promising that if he granted her desire, she would dedicate her son back to the Lord, etc... I realized that this was what I had to do too! So I went out to my kennel, and sat among my dogs, and grabbed a hold of the throne room, petitioning the Lord to grant MY DREAM!! Promising him that I would ALWAYS acknowledge him as my partner in life, as well as in the creation of these magnificent animals, and that FOREVER they would carry his name, and the symbol of his provision (the Fish) as a testimony to him! It was on that day that I changed my Kennel name to Shiloh Shepherds™.

The word "Shiloh" appears in the Bible 33 times. Thirty-three is the number of PROMISE!!

Webster’s World dictionary defines Shiloh as, an ancient town in Israel, and refers you to read Joshua 18:1, which says: "And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them." (The place of the first assembly, in Shiloh was a place of tranquility and security.)

As I said, the word Shiloh appears in the Bible 33 times. The following are references as to where it appears, and a short sentence as to how it is meant. The first time this word Shiloh, appears in the Bible, it refers to Jesus himself.

Genesis 49:10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, (Shiloh refers to Jesus) and unto him shall the gathering of the people be."

Joshua 18:8 "before the Lord in Shiloh"(a holy place)

Joshua 18:9 "and came again to Joshua to the host at Shiloh"

Joshua 18:10 "in Shiloh before the LORD"

Joshua 19:51 "divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the LORD"

Joshua 21:2 "And they spake unto him at Shiloh"

Joshua 22:9 "children of Israel out of Shiloh"

Joshua 22:12 "gathered themselves together at Shiloh"

Judges 18:31 "the house of God was in Shiloh"

Judges 21:12 "unto the camp to Shiloh"

Judges 21:19 "there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly"

Judges 21:21 "daughters of Shiloh"

1 Samuel 1:3 "And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh"

1 Samuel 1:9 "So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh"(Hannah went to Shiloh to petition the LORD for a son. She promised to "give him back" to God’s service if he would only grant her prayer and give her a child—God honored that prayer at Shiloh, and she gave birth to Samuel, one of the greatest priests that ever lived.)

1 Samuel 1:24 "And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh"

1 Samuel 2:14 "So they did in Shiloh , unto all the Israelites that came thither"

1 Samuel 3:21 "And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD"

1 Samuel 4:3 "Let us fetch the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us"

1 Samuel 4:4 "So the people sent to Shiloh"

1 Samuel 4:12 "came to Shiloh"

1 Samuel 14:3 "the LORD’S priest in Shiloh"

1 Kings 2:27 "house of Eli in Shiloh"

1 Kings 14:2 "and get thee to Shiloh"

1 Kings 14:4 "went to Shiloh"

Psalms 78:60 "So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men"

Jeremiah 7:12 " But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel." (God said this is where he "set" (placed) HIS name. When his people rejected him—— he destroyed them!

Jeremiah 7:14 "Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh."

Jeremiah 26:6 "Then will I make this house like Shiloh"

Jeremiah 26:9 "This house shall be like Shiloh"

Jeremiah 41:5 "there came certain from Shiloh--to bring them to the house of the LORD

The last item in my dictionary referring to Shiloh said "HE WHOSE IT IS" A MESSIANIC TITLE —Shiloh

Upon talking to a Hebrew friend many years ago, I was told that in Hebrew Shiloh means REST IN THE LORD! He had been attending Rabbinical classes in Israel, and didn’t know that the name Shiloh was chosen from the Bible, so he proceeded to provide me with the REAL MEANING of my dog's name! I feel that since most of you own one, or more, of these dogs you should know what their name means, and where it comes from!

For 23 years (since 1974) these dogs have been called "Shilohs" and carried the "fish" symbol! I can go back to advertisements in Dog World, and other publications that included the "fish" symbol. It has unequivocally been associated with the Shiloh name for over 2 decades! There is a very good reason why I chose the Fish!

1) It has always been a sign to other Christians that said ...I am a servant of the Lord!

2) If not for the Grace of God, I would not be able to produce these dogs, they are HIS, not mine!

3) The Fish is historically a symbol of "miracles" "promises" "safety" etc..

In the days after the resurrection, Christians were pursued unmercifully by the Romans! When a person was literally "running for his/her life", they would look for the FISH symbol on a tent door, this would tell them that it was a "safe" place to rest! If you were a "believer" in Jesus, you would put a fish symbol on your door, so that other "believers" would know that you are a brother/sister "in the Lord." The fish had nothing to do with trying to proselytize/convert others, it was only a source of IDENTIFICATION! During the Holocaust, when millions of Jews were taken to camps to be slaughtered, the German "Christians" painted the fish symbol on their doors to let the Jewish people know that, here is a safe house that will help you! Corrie Ten Boom (The Hiding Place) has written a fascinating book telling of the MANY Jewish people that were saved (from death) because they chose to hide under the shelter of the FISH symbol!

The small fish symbol in our breed logo DOES NOT state that the PERSON owning a Shiloh is a "Christian." It only states that THIS BREED belongs to the Lord! Although I am given credit for being "the founder" I would like to again clear up this misconception...I was only the servant of the REAL "founder/creator." As time goes by I plan to list (write about) some of the MANY miracles I have experienced during these past 23 years working with my Savior! One of the most dramatic ones concerns Kari ...everybody’s "favorite" Shiloh ;-)!

The nine stars?? Many people do not know what the nine stars in the Logo stand for. To begin with, our breed was recognized on 9/90 (coincidence?). If you add the 9 and the 90 together you get 99. 9+9=18, 1+8=9.In the Bible 9 is the number of "fruitfulness". Abraham was 99 years old when God made a covenant with him. No one can deny his fruitfulness. He sired the entire Jewish (and Arab) nations. There are 9 "fruits of the spirit" in Galations 5:22-23. There were 9 gifts of the spirit in 1 Corrinthians12, etc. It all starts in Genesis 9:9 when God tells us "I established my covenant with you, and with your seed after you" (coincidence?) It takes a woman 9 months to produce a child (it takes a dog 9 weeks!)

There is plenty more information on the number 9, but let’s look at another interesting numerical concept (Coincidence?) involved with this number. It is the only number that no matter how you multiply it, it will always add up to 9. 9x1=9, 9x2=18 1+8=9, 9x3=27 2+7=9, 9x4=36 3+6=9, 9x5=45 4+5=9, 9x6=54 5+4=9, 9x7=63 6+3=9, 9x8=72 7+2=9, 9x9=81 8+1=9, 9x38=342 3+4+2=9.

It took 27 years to "perfect" the Shiloh Shepherd™ (2+7=9) before they were accepted as a Rare Breed.

If you search the scriptures you will find that #2 stands for unity and #7 for perfection or completion, and always refers to God. It took God 6 days to create, and He rested on the seventh (it was completed). There are 7 days in a week, and it is over. It took unity (2) and perfection (7) to complete the job, so that (9) fruitfulness could begin.

Publication History:

Article written by Tina M. Barber in 1997 and mailed to club members.
Reprinted with the author's permission and published to the Shiloh Shepherd Learning Center in February 1998.

History of Club Split (1997) | March NL Letter | New club announcement letter  (pdf)| Tina's June '97 membership letter | Homecoming Letter | New club post Grand Island letter (summer '97) (PDF) | Letter from club member (PDF)| What's in a name | new club's objections to ISSR registry changes (PDF) | ISSR response: the difference between a club and a registry | New club announces new registry Part I | Part ii | Part III (PDF)|  SSDCA Amnesty Letter | Amnesty FAQ's | Olive Branch Letter sent to other club members
Kennel of Origin | Club History: the First 7 Years | SSDCA Officers: Where are They Now? | Back Issue Creates Chaos |Back Issue Redux--ShilohShepherd Posts 20001996 Election | Glory to God Letter (Dec. 96)| History of the Club Split | 1999 Election |SSDCA Highlights: 1997-2004 | Shiloh History: the first 40 Years | 2002 Election | 2005 Election | 2008 Election |
Be Sure to Read the Other Articles in the Continuing Series of "Live" Reports from the Shiloh Shepherd™ Breed Founder:

Broken Hearted Breed Founder (1998)| Cherry Blossom 1999| Brookville Report (2000) |
Frederick Report (2001) | Sportsman Show (2004) | Broken Hearted Breed Founder Redux (2004) | Cherry Blossom Classic 2004 | Cherry Blossom 2004 Collage | What Should a Shiloh Shepherd Tail Look Like? (A Lesson for the Judges) | NCA Show 2005 | Rarities Show at the Hartford Pet Expo 2005 | Canada Show Update: May 2006 | Cherry Blossom Classic 2006 | NAKC and Rarities Show: October 2006 | Empire Classic: July 2007 | Rarities Show: Lums Pond Park: September 2008 | Broken Hearted Breed Founder Series |

Be sure to read:

What is a Shiloh Shepherd? |Examples of Real ISSR Shiloh Shepherd Pedigrees |Real Questions Honest Answers from the  Shiloh Shepherd Breed Founder | Puppy Producers: What are They? | Shiloh versus Long Haired GSD | Don't Fall 4 the Fraud | Registry Comparisons | Protecting Breed Development | Shiloh Fraud | Learning Center

And to see what the ideal Shiloh Shepherd should look like, please view our ISSR, Inc. Illustrated Breed Standard and don't miss Tina Speaks!

Shiloh Shepherd Story: Against the Wind - A Breed is born