I have owned and worked with dogs all my life but it was not until the early 1970s that I decided that I wanted to own a breed that could still do the job it was bred to do but still have soundness, type and physical characteristics that would win in the conformation ring.
My choice was the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I owned and/or bred several conformation champions, obedience and working titled, and open all-age qualified field trial Chesapeakes. To this day, I remain involved with the breed even though I lost my last Chesapeake in the late 1990s. I began to look for another breed that I felt was still bred to do the job it was bred for and still compete in the conformation ring. My desire to learn the sport of herding led me to focus on the herding group breeds and eventually Cardigans. My primary purpose is to enjoy my dogs and provide them the opportunity to excel individually based on their abilities both in the show ring and performance venues, and still be a good companion dog.