Hello and thank you for stopping by to read a little about me and my dogs.
photo courtesy of Leslie Q photography, New Carlisle IN
I want to start by saying that breeding these magnificent German Shepherd Dogs has been a lifetime dream of mine. I have such a strong sense of gratitude and am thankful every day that through hard work and a bit of tenacity I can do what I love!
Here is a little bit of my history…
Growing up, one of my fondest memories was visiting my aunt and uncle who bred Kuvasz dogs in the Pacific Northwest. They had a wonderful breeding program and were an integral part of importing the Kuvasz dog from Hungary and subsequently getting the breed recognized by the AKC. What I loved about visiting their home is seeing how their dogs were truly a part of the family. Not only did they breed exceptional puppies, they kept puppies back from time to time and groomed them into world class show dogs. I was a young child, however I knew what they were doing was very special and I loved watching the progress and seeing the show photos from their travels. I knew someday I wanted to have my own dogs, I just didn’t know at the time where that dream would take me.
Somewhere in my later childhood I became enamored with the German Shepherd Dog. A friend of mine had one as a family pet but aside from that, I would look at pictures and dream. In my early 20’s I decided the time was right to go about getting my first German Shepherd, a rescue dog named Swagger. I learned so much from that dog, let me tell you. He is part of the reason I became a dog trainer! That is for another story however. In my 30’s, after I had researched breeders for years, I settled on the best breeder for me and that is where Steve came from, and several years later where Mika came from as well. These two dogs are the foundation of my program and the lights of my life – it sounds corny but it is so true!
Starting in 2015, I became very interested in showing my dogs. With Steve and also Mika I traveled to the Sieger shows for the United States and even went to Canada for a regional show and also the Canadian Sieger – I was hooked. I have to say the highlight was going to the big German Shepherd Dog show, the BSZS in Germany. I went as a spectator and can’t even tell you how much I learned. What an experience, one I will never forget. Through the years, I was able to make several connections in the breed, and through those connections was able to acquire a beautiful long coat female from Germany, by way of Egypt named Olalala. Bringing her into our program was a dream come true. Olalala was with the best trainers in Germany and showed at the prestigious BSZS in Germany and placed 9th! The best thing about her is that on paper she is an outstanding dog, but when you meet her in real life, she is the sweetest most soulful dog who just wants to be loved.
I currently reside in Michigan with my fiancé and our dogs. This state is perfect as it is close to dog shows and the home of our most amazing Schutzhund trainer that we are fortunate enough to train with. I was raised in the Seattle, Washington area (Sammamish/ Issaquah), our family had a passion for sailing and a huge portion of my childhood was spent sailing in the Puget sound with our little cairn terrier Elliott, named after Elliott Bay. As a young adult I moved to the Spokane Washington area to pursue a career in real estate, then the massive 2007 market crash happened which let me to a career as a police dispatcher. That was truly a great job which enabled me to show and train dogs, send Steve to Austria for his titles and earn my business degree. In 2019, I decided to go all in with the dog business and that is when I quit my dispatching job and moved to Michigan to pursue my passion. The rest is history.