In the beginning ....
I was 11 years of age when I began showing dogs, starting first with a Samoyed then moving on to Shelties. Over 25 years ago I bought my first Poodle.
Originally I had white and silver Toy Poodles and although they were lovely dogs with wonderful temperaments, they were not top show dogs.
I have always felt that the dogs I breed must be first and foremost someone's beloved pet and secondly a top "show" dog.
As the years went by I developed a wish to breed the BEST in both Show conformation and temperament.
My Poodles Years
I went to Norway where I stayed with the breeder of the most beautiful Toy Poodles I have ever seen! The Kennel was called "Solnes", owned by Ms. Solveig Naess Damm.
So taken by these Toy Poodles, I arranged the import of two beautiful black Toy Poodle girls. These two females, who were both Multi in Show and Group Winners, went on to be the foundation of my current line of poodles.
Their progeny were my total delight for many years. I had a lot of Show winning with them.
Just three years after importing my two bitches Ms. Naess Damn sent me her top winning Stud Dog Ch. Solnes Mr Irish Coffee (Imp. Norway), (Fredrick) Best in Show winner.
In short order "Fredrick" had his New Zealand Title and produced a dog, Ch. Renoir Mr Danish Coffee who at 10 months of age, received Runner Up Best In Show All Breeds. He was also a Multi Best of Group winner at this young age!
Dane and his litter sister finished in almost record time! Many, many thanks to that wonderful breeder..
After this, I then went on to import a lovely bitch from "Suraliam" kennels in the United Kingdom and Suraliam Rio has added that "extra something" to my current breeding.
I have been out of poodles for a time now establishing my Pet Transport Business, PETS BY AIR, which specialises in the transportation of Dogs and Cats for Breeders in our wonderful fancy.
My Westie Years
I was also involved West Highland White Terriers for a short time, but when I started having trouble grooming due to arthritis in my hands I looked around for a less intensive breed.
And now POMERANIANS ...
In 2003 I became besotted with Pomeranians. Firstly a long held dream came true when Robert Stratton from Windmist Kennels in Canada sent me a stunning bitch.
Then in 2007 another dream came true when the World Famous Kennel Chriscendo sent me 2 Pomeranian Champions.
- Multi Group winner CAN CH WINDMIST SENSATION AT RENOIR (Imp Canada).."Halle Berry"
- BIS CAN CH CHRISCENDO CONNEXION, "Nex" arrived and is everything I could have wished for in a Pomeranian. I have never seen such a lovely Pom in person before.
- CAN CH CHRISCENDO CHASING DREAMS, "Taco", a multi BEST OF GROUP winner over specials before he even had his title. He finished his title with back to back Best of Groups in one weekend.
Now I am no longer breeding Poodles and Westies and over the past ten years we have become the top winning breeders of Pomeranians in New Zealand. We now look forward to the future and continuing breeding and showing these wonderful little Poms!
My health has not been good over the past few years but I am now well and back on the show scene. Trish Tribble and her Daugther Briana and husband Brian have been showing my dogs and have been doing very well with them.
I am now President of the Pomeranian Club of New Zealand and with our hardworking committee we are all very enthusiastic about the new direction of the club.
The Next Generation
My granddaughter Emily Ironside, after going best on Parade with Enya
our 5 month old puppy at Emily’s very first time handling.
Emily is only 10 years old and a natural handler.
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