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My love affair with dogs began early on...in fact, I cannot remember a time without a dog in my life!
Growing up, my family had Poodles and Pekinese. In my early teens, my parents purchased our first Mastiffs and agreed with the breeders to show them to their championships. We had no real idea what that meant....or how it would shape my life!
When my husband Bob and I married, we took a puppy from my parents' first litter for our own. She became, CH Black Velvet's Kahula 'N Cream. With her, we became bitten by the "show bug". She went on to become the top Mastiff bitch in 1980-1981!
We bred under the prefix "LamBay" and produced many beautiful champions. In the mid 1980's we added numerous breeds to our household: Bernese Mtn. Dogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Longhaired Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Pointers, Vizslas Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Whippets. It was my husbands love for the versatile sighthounds that began to turn my main interest to our whippets. We focused our attention on the selective breeding of our whippets and became breeders of All-Breed Best In Show and Specialty winners, as well as the American Whippet Club's Top 20 Winner in 1995!
I left the corporate world in 1992 to begin handling dogs full time. My handling career would span nearly 30 years! Throughout those years I was privaledged to campaign numerous beautiful, nationally-ranked dogs. I am equally blessed to have had the love and support of my husband and daughters while doing a job I LOVED!
My husband, Bob and I have been married since 1978 and have two grown daughters, Amber and Audra, Son-in-law Matt and two precious grandchildren. We happily live close to our family in Phoenix, Arizona and share our house with 1 Whippet, 2 Ridgebacks and Bruiser the Chihuahua.
I am enjoying being able to give back to a sport I love and am currently pursuing judging in the Hound, Working and Sporting groups.