Before we became Papillon
Breeders my husband Doug and I were always dog lovers, and
were raised to respect and care for the pets that were a part
of our families. Doug was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces
for 20 years and I worked as an Accountant/Office Manager at several
different companies as we moved around the country. I have always
only worked part time so I could spend time raising our children,
and later so I could spend time raising and training our dogs
and pups. When Doug retired from the service we moved to Manitoba
and made our home north of Inglis. Doug started driving truck
"he still liked to travel" and I worked at a small college
teaching computer software applications and some business programs.
We decided to move closer to Doug's home office and settled down
in Strathclair Manitoba. Doug continues to drive truck during
the week and I work part time as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper
for a small construction firm.
For many years we bred
German Shepherd dogs, we were very successful in the Obedience,
Conformation and Seiger rings. As time past we decided it was
getting a bit more physically challenging to raise pups and show
our dogs. It was time to perhaps consider down sizing in the size
of our dogs. We decided on the Papillon for reasons explained below. Our breeding philosophy remained
the same as it was in the past. We try very hard to produce happy
healthy well balanced pups. We do this through extensive research
of pedigrees, speaking with long time Papillon breeders and common
sense. Raising pups is not our only source of income, it is not
something we have to do, we love and enjoy our dogs. We don't
have to roll pups off of an assembly line to make our living so
we can spend time on research, and enjoying each litter.
Responsible Papillon Breeders Our pups are home raised with
exposure to every day to day experience we can expose them to.
They receive leash and crate training and we start them on their
beginning of house "potty training". We are quite selective
on who can have one of our little treasures and try to stay in
contact with the new owners. We are always available for advice
and guidance and love to receive pictures and information from
their new companions. There can at times be a bit of a waiting
list for our pups but as they say good things come to those who
wait. We also ask our Papillon puppy people that if for any reason
they can no longer keep their pup to please inform us and we will
take the pup back and find a suitable new forever home for the
Breeders How it all started
remember when I first became interested in Papillons, we were watching the Westminster Dog Show and there was
a wonderfully animated Papillon in the running for best in show.
This little fellow just amazed me with his striking attitude and
unmistakable joy and yes he did win and was the first Papillon in
history to win Best in Show at Westminster. Several years went by
and I did not get a Papillon. Then one day I was visiting Papillon
Breeders and good friends of mine Lawrence Anonychuk and Karen Shiels, "Canisphere Papillon Breeders"
they had new house companions two very cute Papillons Ch. Ken Mar II Run for the Roses and Ken Mar II Bunzel Electra my amazement of these
little dogs was renewed. About two years or so went by, then one
day when I was speaking to Karen on the phone she mentioned little
June and I jokingly suggested that she send her to me and I would
show and train her for the obedience and conformation rings. Karen
called me back about a half hour later and said yes they thought
it would be a good idea. So off I went the next weekend to Lawrence's
daughter's house, and picked up little June. I guess the rest of
the story will unfold as time goes on.
We have been very busy since we received our very
first Papillon Puppy
June. We have had a few litters of Papillon
Pups and a couple of very special Papillons have come to live with us. We have been very successful
in the conformation ring with such wins as Best Puppy in Specialty
Show with Page and then again
with her Daughter Missy.
Missy also won an Award of Merit at the 2011 Canadian Papillon National,
her Mother was the Best Brood Female at the Specialty as well.
It is funny that what a long time Papillon Breeder
told me once has come true. "Papillons are like potato chips
you can never stop at just one!"
"He is your
friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life,
his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to
the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of