Karlin, I hope it's ok to post this... feel free to delete
We were at the vets today collecting Tandie and I was having a long chat with the vet. nurse. We got onto talking about breeding standards in Ireland and she told me about a very good friend of hers (let's call her Mary) who is an excellent breeder of GSD.
Mary discovered that a dog of hers who died 3 years ago has sired several litters of pups quite recently . Some unethical backyard breeder was using her dogs pedigree for his own male dog. He obviously knew that her dog had died and decided his champion pedigree would look good on paper. So there are registered puppies out there with a deceased dog registered as their father. The crazy thing is, Mary had registered her own dog as having died, so he has 'officially' passed on. But this didn't stop others registering him as the father of new litters.
How is this even possible? The vet nurse also told us that she had been 'offered' papers for a GSD she rescued some time ago. Somebody said to her "oh that dog looks like one of mine that died, I can get you papers for her".
Just goes to show that you can't take papers as proof of pedigree.