We Love Showing Dogs!
Nearly 60 years ago, my father brought home a Keeshond puppy named Blackie, starting my life long love affair with spitz breed dogs. Over the years we have owned many Kees, and Eskies, but it was not until 2005, when a lovely puppy named Dutch came into our lives that our love affair with dog showing and dog sports began.
Under the excellent guidance of Joanne Reed (Windrift Kees) and Kathy Easter (Arklow Kees) we learned about structure, movement, and how to groom and show the Keeshond. Shortly after, we added Zap and Cuba to our growing pack. All three Kees boys were very successful and super fun dogs to show and compete with!
2014 brought us a new breed - the Eurasier. We had been interested in this breed for many years, and as the Eurasier is a rare breed here in the U.S., we contacted Stacey Watkins (Albionspitz Eurasiers) in the UK who arranged to send us our first Eurasier, a perfect girl named Albionspitz Topaz (Brit.) One look at that adorable girl and we were hooked on the breed, and soon Chena and Nola joined us. We have been very lucky to have Stacey and also the wonderful Karla Erickson (Sundog Eurasiers) as our mentors with this breed!
We believe in well rounded dogs, and that all dogs should receive basic obedience training. We also believe that all breeding dogs should be evaluated by judges to ensure sound structures that enhance the breeds down the line. Our accomplishments include many Championship titles, Obedience certificates, Best In Shows, the first Keeshond and the first Eurasiers to earn the Herding Capability Title, and we can proudly say our girl Brit was awarded the
AKC First Of Breed - Eurasier
(the first Eurasier ever to be recognized in Conformation by the American Kennel Club.)
In addition to conformation, our dogs have also participated in the sports of Rally Obedience, Herding, Agility, and Bikejoring, and are happy to show off at Meet The Breed booths, parades, contests, and all sorts of dog events. Our dog Dutch was selected to be the model for the Laurelwood Breed Plate. They have even been featured in magazines and advertisements! We are always happy to have visitors at the shows and events we are participating in!
And in November 2019 we added the term "Breeder" to our accomplishments after we welcomed our very first Eurasier litter. Eight wonderful puppies, and a super start to our new adventure! (And of course - ALL of our dogs are health tested according to the United States Eurasier Club and Keeshond Club of America's requirements.)
We are located southwest of Seattle, in the "Timber" town of Shelton, WA.
Colleen (Penny) LaFleche
We are members of the following clubs:
American Eskimo Dog Assoc , WA