My family is mostly from Newfoundland although I spent some of my childhood living in Ontario and Nova Scotia. I still have a soft spot for N.S in particular.
My grandmother bred Toy Poodles and my mom is embarking on her own journey with Standard Poodles. Dogs have always been an important part of our family whether they were purebred or mixed breed. We've had French Mastiffs, Standard Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and mixed breeds. We've also had several cats of various breeds (including Persians, Himalayans and Rag Dolls) but also we've had turtles, hamsters, birds, rabbits and guinea pigs. I grew up in a home of animal lovers and really wouldn't want it any other way.
Advocating for ethical responsible dog breeding and ownership is important to me. I spend a lot of time on the education piece with every phone call. I believe there is a value to continuously learning about one's breed of choice and being willing to change opinions or mindsets as new information becomes available. I also firmly believe in every family having breeder support and a relationship with the breeder of their puppy. You love your puppy- and so do we!
I have served on the board for the Newfoundland All Breed Kennel Club as Director at Large and Secretary and currently am serving a second term as the Avalon Kennel Club as Vice President.
I grew up in St John's area. We had a dog growing up and lots of cats but the world of small dogs was very different for me.
I once told Lesleigh she couldn't buy anymore Cavaliers, so now I jokingly say she started making her own! I wouldn't have it any other way though as the experience has been so rewarding.
I'm an IT and am currently enjoying working from home so get to spend lots of time with our crew.
Like Lesleigh, Cavalier health and responsible breeding practices are important to me and my interest is only ever to have healthy dogs and puppies. I spend a lot of time helping with the socialization piece with every litter and am happy to help any of our families if they need anything at all.
I enjoy showing our dogs and working on their training skills. There's so much fun to be had in building that bond with a dog. I'd recommend to anyone to at least try a class and see how you and your puppy like it. I love running agility in particular with our dogs and hope to do more of it this summer.
I am the current President of the Avalon Kennel Club and I've served as Vice President of the Newfoundland All Breed Kennel Club and Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association. It is my honor to serve the dog community of our province as best as I can.
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