While I was growing up my parents used to show Dalmatians so I guess I will lay the blame there. My first show dog was a bloodhound. I had so much fun in the ring, I knew I was hooked. She got her American and Canadian Championships quickly with both American and Canadian National wins along the way. When I brought my first dachshund home I was living "cityish". I didn't have endless acres and always loved the dachshunds that trailed behind us in the ring so it just seemed logical, big dogs trapped in a little dogs body!!
I think in doing all the research, spending countless hours on the phone with breeders my dachshund addiction blossomed. I have been owned by dachshunds and tearing up the ring with them since 2002.
A few years later, back to the country we moved, just down the road from where I grew up. We bought a farm, moved our horses, donkeys, goats and cows out and I knew we were finally ready for "a big dog"!
I knew exactly who would be joining our family. I met my first leonberger at a show in Maryland and just couldn't take my eyes off him. I followed that poor breeder around all day and then it finally happened. The rest is history!!!