Jenny, a taffy and white sehpherd-husky owned by Jerry Gerbracht, has eight puppies who are following the family tradition -- right up a tree.
Gerbracht, 38, an animal trainer whose dogs work out in parks, wasted no time in teaching the pups some of the tricks made popular by their mother, whose tree climbing feats gained her acclaim in Ripleyhs "Believe It Or Not" (Jenny has climbed as high as 50 feet).
Well-known in the San Francisco area, Jenny and Gerbracht have appeared on radio and TV from coast to coast. There was magazine and newspaper coverage and Jenny and master were even involved in a dispute with police.
The case evolved when Jenny was spotted high in a tree by a park patrolman. The patrolman warned Gerbracut he'd cited if Jenny did any more climbing in his park.
Feeling Jenny was being deprived of one of her pleasures, Gerbracht took the matter to the authorities.
The results: on June 23, 1975, Jenny was granted the world's first (and only) "Tree Climbing Permit" to a dog by the San Francisco Park Department.
Still, the pair remained in arrears financially. Jenny's abilities netted them $50, Gerbracht said.
Thinking everything had been accomplished in the Bay Area, Gerbracht packed up his few belingings and Jenny, and set out for Hollywood in search of a role for her in television or the movies.
Although times have continued to be lean financially, Gerbracht is quick to point out Jenny's latest accomplishments in Southern Galifornia.
Foremost among these was, of course, the arrival of Jneny's offspring On Sept. 15. "I was just an expectant father," Gerbracht beamed.
Jimmy, a 6-month-old male German shepherd-Siberian husky rescued from a Los Angeles animal shelter by Gerbracht, is the father of the litter -- faiv males and three females -- and he, too, has been a major addition to the Gerbracht clan.
"I taught Jimmy to do most of the tricks that Jenny does in the trees and on playground equipment," Gerbracht said. "He learned fast and is still learning.
"Jimmy and Jenny fell in love at first sight so I bought him from the pound so they could always be together."
Among the litter is a pup Gerbracht calls "Jenny 2," to insure that the "Jenny legend will be everlasting," Gerbract said.
One of Jenny's pleasures is romping with North Hollywood Girl Scout Troop 840. She was the first dog to become a permanent member of the troop.
"The girls love her," Gerbract said. "They wanted to recognize her as a member and since the birth of her pups they've even awarded Jenny her first badge, 'The Girl Scout Child Care Proficiency Merit Badge,'" he said.
While Jenny frolics with her Girl Scout friends, Gerbracht awaits the telephone call that will put his dogs in movies.