I delved into the world of purebred dogs in 1990 when I purchased my first Golden Retriever female, Bay-Leigh. Bay-Leigh and I learned obedience and field together and I was hooked. A year after Bay-Leigh joined me, I started training a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever male, Tawney, who was owned by his breeder who was a friend. Tawney would later become mine. I like to say that Bay-Leigh hooked me on dog sports and Tawney taught me how to train for them.
I was fortunate to grow up in an animal loving family. From cats to cows, horses, pigs and rabbits, we always had a lot of pets around. Just about every photo of me growing up includes one animal or another. I continue to live in the house I grew up in.
Right from the beginning I became involved in various purebred dog clubs and volunteered my time to them. I've held many positions including President of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada for 2 terms. In other clubs I have held several positions including Newsletter Editor, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Director, Director at large and Chairperson for many events. I continue to volunteer my time to the various Clubs that I am involved with, without volunteers there would be no dog clubs.
In 1998 I started feeding raw food and limiting vaccines and exposure to chemicals. Since that time I have seen many health benefits to this way of raising animals and I highly recommend it. If you would like to learn more about this natural way of raising your pets please contact me.
I have worked closely with other breeders, helping with the whelping of litters, raising of puppies, selection of mates, etc. I've also helped raise puppies for export to Australia. Blue (Can/Aus Gr CH Berdia True Blue to Kirchoff Can WC, NRD) was the first and I'm thrilled that my first litter was out of Fury, a Blue daughter.
Over the years I have put over 100 titles on dogs, from Show Championship to Master Hunter and Obedience Trial Champion, as well as a lot of Working Certificates in between. My passion is the working side of the Retriever, without losing sight of the need for structure to support the dog while he does the work he was bred for, as well as the importance of breed type. I am proud of all of my dogs but I am particularly proud of Rev who is a Show Champion and Master Hunter in both Canada and the United States. Rev is one of only two Tollers to have achieved all these titles.
I have been fortunate to be able to travel to many Toller National Specialties. I have attended Specialties in both Canada and the US on both coasts and many locations in the middle. It is important to me to see dogs from different areas of North America to help with breeding decisions.
My passion for my dogs has led me to start training professionally. I take in a few dogs each season to do the basics on so that their owners can compete in the field events offered by the Canadian and American Kennel Clubs or simply to take them hunting in the Fall.
My involvement in the dog world continues to expand. In 2011 raised my first litter. It was an incredible experience. The miracle of life never ceases to amaze me. I look forward to the future to see where this passion takes me.