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  All About Me

 

I grew up in Renfrew, a small town about an hour west of Ottawa, Ontario.  I have loved animals all of  my life.  I used to bring home lost dogs, baby birds that fell from their nest, frogs, and butterflies.  One time I even found a garter snake, but I wasn't allowed to keep it in the garage, no matter how much I begged and pleaded.  

When I was growing up, we had a mixed breed black terrier called Sparky and a tortoiseshell cat called Tippy.  Yet I always longed for a German Shepherd Dog.  One of my friends had the most gorgeous male shepherd I had ever seen.  Of course, at that time in my life, I hadn't seen very many shepherds at all!  I adored that dog and vowed that when I was grown up, I would get a German Shepherd of my own!

I belonged to the local Pony Club and competed with my horse in local area fairs in the jumping and hack classes.  I learned all about structure and movement from the lessons drilled into me by our instructors.  In fact, for the first six months when I started with the Pony Club, the lessons were only "classroom lessons" about stable  management and structure.  When we passed our "exams" then, and only then, were we allowed to actually get up on our horses and ride.  I never forgot those days.  It was a wonderful way to grow up - just a girl and her horse.

College beckoned and I had to leave it all behind me when I moved to Ottawa but I felt lost without my horse.  So, once I was married and had a family of my own, I decided that now was the perfect time to get the dog that I had longed to have for so many years.

My first shepherd was purchased in 1977 as a pet, from Fred Taylor of Garforth Kennels in Carp, Ont.  He taught me what owning a good shepherd is all about.  At the park he played with everyone's kids, not just ours.  He would actually block the way of any youngster trying to head towards the street without ever once being directed to do this.  He just knew instinctively that the street was "off limits" and he took care of it.   I attended practice sessions every weekend with this dog, working with some people who eventually founded a local schutzhund club.   I practiced my basic obedience work with him and he would perform flawlessly with a zest and a flourish that made me smile just watching him.  His favorite "trick" was dropping to a "down position" from a jump through the air.  

Our next dog Toby was a wonderful dog and helped to raise our kids.  They played with him, fed him scraps under the table when I wasn't looking, and on Saturday mornings, I would find kids and dog in the living room, lying on the carpet.  The kids would be watching T.V. and the dog would lie there patiently for hours on end pretending to be their pillow!  When he died at 13-1/2, I felt as if I had lost my best friend.

Tessalto's Lorrah Lei (Lorrah) was purchased as a conformation prospect.  She didn't quite make it in the show ring, so instead she took a place of honour as our companion and well-loved pet.

In  recent years I entered into the world of conformation showing and breeding.  I registered the name "Destiny" with the Canadian Kennel Club and felt that it was the perfect kennel name for how I felt about my dogs.  

I co-purchased Survival's Simply the Best (Bean), with Lori Kightley of Stylistic Shepherds.  Together we co-bred a litter of 4 puppies.  Two went into loving pet homes.  When Lori and I eventually parted ways for different directions, she kept Bean and I kept my two wonderful pups - Stylistic Destiny Arrives (Alf), and Destiny Stylistic Aliance (Ally).  Alf  grew up to  become the sire of the 2001 U.S. and Cdn. Futurity winner BIF Elite Design Keno v Sybarite (Keno), and the 2001 Cdn. Futurity winner BIF Elite Design Joker by Dolly (Joker), both bred by Debbie Atkinson of EliteDesign German Sheperds.

I purchased New Era's Moxy Fruvus (Moxy)  from Derek Comeau.  From her, I have my first home bred champion - Destiny Tebe Nobe New Era BJ (Dark).   Dark is owned by Sheila Morgan of SherShe German Shepherds, Isabelle and Jene Dupzyk, and Derek Comeau.  Also from this litter, I have BOM Destiny's Belle of the Ball (Belle).  Belle and Dark's stupendous wins at their respective regional maturity shows, put their dam and sire into the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada's (GSDCC) "Blue Book" as the No. 8 dam and the No. 10 sire for 2001.  I cannot be more proud of both Dark and Belle and will forever be grateful to them for achieving this award for their parents. 

Domara's Almond Joy (Dot) was bred by Barbara Ricciotti of Domara Shepherds.  The day Barbara entrusted this gorgeous girl to me, was a day I will never forget.  Dot did a double-take and looked at me as if to say, "There you are"!   And life has never been the same since! 

I am very excited about what the future holds in store for me.  This is a wonderful breed we have, and I am proud and honoured to be a part of it.

 


MY BELIEF

I believe that the German Shepherd Dog is a Total Dog - one who can excel in the conformation ring, in the obedience ring, as well as be that perfect beloved companion.  I believe that temperment and health are just as important as structure and that paying attention to one without the others is doing the breed a great disservice.  My puppies come from healthy, x-rayed parents and are CKC registered, vet-checked, and well-socialized.  I provide a complete written guarantee and all the support a new puppy owner might need.

 

 

 

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