Where it all began:
As far back as I can remember animals have always played a large role in my life. Being an only child, my dogs were always my best friends. Whether I was pushing them in a baby doll stroller or giving them a bubble bath and grooming, they were always my family. This early love for animals of all kinds has inspired me to breed and show for over 35 years.
My passion for breeding began while my two sons were young. It all started with breeding and showing Himalayan and Persian cats in the early 1980s. At the time, I specialized in rare chocolate and lilac colors. Breeding these types of cats required a lot of work of hybridization and dedication since my objective was to bring the type up to date with the current baby doll faces that the Himalayans had at that time. In a short 10 years, I met the goal that I embarked on and could not have been more satisfied with my contribution to the breed.
Toward the end of the 1980s and through the early 90s I was introduced to a rare breed that I fell in love with immediately – the Chinese Shar-Pei. My breeding being part of the first foundation stock of the American Kennel Club (AKC) when they were initially accepted.
When the time came for both of my sons to be heading off to college in the mid 90s, I concluded that it would be best to find a smaller breed that I would be able to handle by myself. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is where my search ended because I learned how extremely intelligent they were. I found them to be alert to what my first grandson was up to, and actually helping to babysit. After much research, I started showing and breeding them with great success including several AKC champions. My top male was able to finish his AKC championship at two Corgi specialties with two 5-point majors over 90 plus corgis. After 10 years of breeding and showing Corgis, I felt it was time to retire from breeding. My Corgis comfortably lived out the rest of their lives with my husband and I until, sadly, the last one passed several years ago.
During my 10 year retirement, my husband and I had a little Yorkie we added to the mix who fit into our family perfectly and we loved her dearly. Weighing in at only 2 1/4 pounds, she had many health problems associated with being so tiny and lived only 6 years with us until she passed. During our Yorkie’s last year of life, we had the pleasure of being able to take in a Maltese rescue found in a busy street near our home. We did our best to find his owner but after an exhaustive search, we were unsuccessful. We were happy to keep this little guy and add him to our home we got him into shape and neutered. Sadly, he passed away from Cushing’s disease two short years later. During this period, we were also able to rescue several Yorkies and place them into forever loving homes.
It was also during my retirement from breeding, and by chance, that I found this wonderful little breed called the Mi-Ki, when I rescued one. Unfortunately, he was only with us for a brief 10 days. After he left, I missed this little guy and his loving personality. From that point, I was hooked on this little breed. I began to study pedigrees and lines as well as learning everything about this breed that I possibly could. I have researched our pedigrees back as many as 15 generations with help from some wonderful mentors who were very helpful and patient with me and my many questions. Soon after, we purchased Midas (our first Mi-Ki) and out of retirement I came and “on with the show,” so to speak.
I have just a few select Mi-Kis. I have found there is no need for a large number of dogs to produce quality. These sweet pups are my babies and constant companions. They live in the house and sleep with me; I would not have it any other way! Each one gets the love, care, and attention they deserve and go everywhere I go. They are truly a part of my family.
I invite you to browse the website and hope you share in the enjoyment of the breed as much as I do. Should you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.