My first experience in the dog fancy was with an American
Cocker. Injun and I competed in obedience completing his Companion Dog
Excellent title and training for Utility. Unfortunately he had severe problems stemming from an
epileptic condition and was just over 3 when he had to be euthanized.
Looking for a breed with fewer health issues, I chose English Cocker
Spaniels with which I competed for a number of years. I had several
home-bred champions with multiple obedience titled dogs.
There was a break from active competition when I spent a
number of years pursuing sports with my kids. During this time we had
Standard Poodles but again discovered health issues that sent us looking for
When I was ready to re-enter the wonderful world of
competing with my dogs, I researched many breeds and fell in love with PWDs
and the people dedicated to them. Cruiser was my first Water Dog and
we competed in conformation until he made it clear to me that this wasn't
his idea of fun so he retired to the sofa.
Jasper was next and what a sweet boy he was.
He and I competed in Rally, obedience and water work. We trained for
tracking but just for fun.
Uma came into my life when I decided I was ready for
another conformation prospect and she certainly lived up to my
expectations. She finished her AKC championship shortly after her
second birthday then she and I went to work training for Rally, tracking and
water work. I owner-handled her to her UKC championship in August 2007
and she completed her Rally Novice title in the fall of 2007. She took time
off in the spring of 2008 to produce a litter of 8 boys sired by Ch.
Questar's Thunder and Lightning. In the fall of 2009 she earned her
Apprentice Water Dog title at Canyon Lake, Arizona. In 2014 she and
I ventured back into the conformation ring in IABCA where she earned her
International and Veterans championships in 1 weekend with a Best in Show
Veteran to top off the weekend.
Jack and Dory, both finished their AKC championships in 2010. Jack,
Dory and I then went on to complete their UKC championships from the Breeder/Handler
class. We then ventured into IABCA competition where both finished
their National, International and Honors championships from the Bred by
Exhibitor class, each taking Bred by Exhibitor Best in Show on the way to
their titles. Scent work takes up much of our time now, a relatively new sport that the dogs love.
Dory achieved 2 NW3 titles in addition to NW3 Exterior, Vehicle, Container and Interior and
Element Level 2 Interior, Level 2 Container and Level 1 Exterior titles before he crossed the Bridge.
Jack has achieved his NW2 title and Element Level 2 Interior.
We are pursuing his NW3 title and starting to compete in the new AKC Scent Work trials where he has already earned his Novice Container, Novice Exterior and Novice Interior titles.
Rivah is our newest addition. Jack's daughter is out out of CH Boardwalk Dance of
the Spirit (Rory). By the time she was just over 14 months old she had already earned her IABCA International Championship and her Novice Dock Diving title, both owner handled. We'll be working in a lot of different fields so watch for this little girl to make a big splash.