Kathy’s first experience in the dog fancy was with an American Cocker. They competed in obedience completing his Companion Dog Excellent title and training for Utility. Unfortunately he had severe problems stemming from an epileptic condition and was just over 3 when he had to be euthanized. Looking for a breed with fewer health issues, she chose English Cocker Spaniels with which she competed successfully for a number of years with several home-bred champions and multiple obedience titled dogs.
There was a break from active competition when she spent a number of years helping her kids pursue sports and academic achievements. During this time she had Standard Poodles but again discovered health issues that sent her looking for another breed.
When she was ready to re-enter the wonderful world of competing with dogs, she researched many breeds and fell in love with PWDs and the people dedicated to them. Cruiser was her first Water Dog and competing in conformation until he made it clear that this wasn’t his idea of fun so he retired to the sofa.
Jasper was next and what a sweet boy he was. They competed in Rally, obedience and water work.
Uma was the next PWD selected as a conformation prospect and she certainly lived up to those expectations. She finished her AKC championship shortly after her second birthday then she and Kathy went to work training for Rally, tracking and water work. She was owner-handled her to her UKC championship in August 2007 and she completed her Rally Novice title in the fall of 2007. She took time off in the spring of 2008 to produce a litter of 8 boys sired by Ch. Questar’s Thunder and Lightning. In the fall of 2009 she earned her Apprentice Water Dog title at Canyon Lake, Arizona. In 2014 she ventured back into the conformation ring in IABCA where she earned her International and Veterans championships in 1 weekend with a Best in Show Veteran to top off the weekend.
Uma’s sons, Jack and Dory, both finished their AKC championships in 2010. Both then went on to complete their UKC championships from the Breeder/Handler class. They then ventured into IABCA competition where both finished their National, International and Honors championships from the Bred by Exhibitor class, each taking Bred by Exhibitor Best in Shows on the way to their titles. Nosework was next, a relatively new sport that the dogs love, where both excelled.
Dory achieved 2 NW3 titles in addition to NW3 Exterior, Vehicle, Container and Interior and Element Level 2 Interior, Level 2 Container and Level 1 Exterior titles before he crossed the Bridge.
Jack achieved his NW2 title, Element Level 1 Container & Exterior, Level 2 Interior, NW3 Containers, Vehicle & Exterior. He earned his AKC SWN, SEA & SIA titles before crossing the Bridge.
Rivah is our newest addition. Jack’s daughter is out out of CH Boardwalk Dance of the Spirit RN (Rory). By the time she was just over 14 months old she had already earned her IABCA International Championship and her Novice Dock Diving title, both owner handled. She finished her AKC championship just after turning 2. She has achieved her Rally Novice title and excels at Nosework. In NACSW she has earned 2 of the 3 Nose Work 3 titles toward an Elite title as well as several Element titles. In AKC she has achieved her Scent Work Advanced title and 3 of the 4 element titles in Excellent. A new sport we’re just starting is Dog Parkour, a bit like agility but using objects found in the environment rather than a ring situation.
Kathy is an active member of both the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America and the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Northern California as well as an AKC Breeder of Merit.