A lifetime member of the Canadian Kennel Club, a founding member of the Pomeranian Club of Canada and the Canadian Finnish Spitz Club and a 25 year member of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada -- I have been raising dogs for almost 40 years!
After saving money from my paper route, I bought my first show dog in 1975 – a Finnish Spitz puppy from Joan Grant of Jayenn Kennels. I originally contacted Joan about buying a Pomeranian out of the 1974 Dogs Annual (the first ever edition) and she kindly corresponded with an eager 12-year old about getting a Pomeranian. We made arrangements for me to pick up my puppy near Christmas break so that I would have lots of time for her. Sadly she succumbed to what we think was hypoglycemia and she died before I got her. Joan did not have another Pom pup to offer me but she did have a Finnish Spitz. I was interested in this rare breed and decided to take on a 7 month old puppy. “Jayenn’s Naughty Net-No-Qua” was my introduction to Finnish Spitz and to the world of show dogs.
In 1978 I raised my first litter of Finnish Spitz and also finally got my first Pomeranians. Under the excellent tutelage of Joan Grant, I have been devoted to raising the best quality in both breeds ever since. My experience having her mentorship in these two breeds has made me the successful breeder I am today.
In 1987 I had a boyfriend who wanted a retriever for hunting. He wanted a Lab. I suggested he look at other breeds suggesting something unusual like the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. We added a new breed to our household with an amazing dog “Westerlea’s Ilo at the Well" bred by Alison Strang. “Ilo” soon became a top winning show dog, a Best in Show, Best in Specialty Show and Best Puppy in Show winner, one of my first Companion Dog- titled obedience dog and an amazing hunting companion. With “Ilo” as my introduction to the breed, I looked for some other quality Tollers to develop a breeding program and was lucky enough to be able to take over the Chin-Peek dogs of Toller pioneer, Mrs. Hettie Bidewell. When my boyfriend and I parted ways, I took the Tollers with me leaving him only “Ilo”, his hunting buddy. All my Tollers today are descended from “Ilo” and “Chin-Peek Kitt’s Barney” and “Chin-Peek Maybelle”. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had such a great start in the breed.
I bring 40 years of pedigree study, devotion to health, expert whelping and puppy rearing and most importantly evaluation and careful placement of puppies to every puppy sale I make. It is my goal with every litter I raise to match the ideal puppy to the ideal home. My success in the show ring, in mentoring new breeders and in delighting hunting and family homes is a testament to my many years of dedication to the Pomeranian, the Finnish Spitz and the Toller.