I'm 61 years old and my passion has always been dogs. I was probably the only little girl that didn't want a horse! I can only experience dogs as friends; I cannot see them as "breeding stock" or "investments" or locked in kennels (or worse, shipping crates). They are our species soul-mate, and they deserve to be at our side.
I have a soft spot for performance bred dogs - dogs with a purpose. All my life I have competed in "dogsports" where my dog partners and I played at things like weight pulling, obedience, tracking, herding, schutzhund and French ring. I've earned over 70 training titles on my dogs and I'm proud to be a "positive marker trainer" (think clicker trainer). Here is a list of the types of titles I have earned on my dogs (mostly American pit bulls and Dobermans):
Multiple High In Trials in AKC obedience (CD, CDX) UKC (UCD, UCDX)
Multiple High In Trials in Schutzhund/IPO (SchH I, II, III, IPO I, II, III)
Man-Tracking Titles (AKC TD, TDX, SchH Tracking I, II, III, FH
Weight Pull Titles APA (WP I, II, III, IWPA WD, WDX, WDS Gold/Silver Medalist)
Herding ASCA (Started Trial Dog ducks/sheep) (with pit bulls!)
Barn Hunt (locating hidden rats in competition) RATN
Also trained and handled dogs in several major motion pictures. The last film one of my dogs worked in was Green Room with Patrick Stewart. Grimbo (the black brindle pit bull) was a son of my Dirk, SchH III, French Ring Brevet and Washington State Patrol Bomb Sniffing K9 "Scout" (her name was actually XDog.)
I have donated several American pit bulls to Law Enforcement for explosives and narcotics detection work. Thank you! to my friends who have helped me with this over the years. I have a goal of donating one Doberman from each litter to law enforcement for detection work if a suitable pup develops in a litter (a detection dog must have very specific capabilities and drives). This may take a few generations, as working drive in Dobermans has been reduced by poor breeding practices associated with the show ring.
Most breeders SAY they breed "working" dogs, but haven't a clue what it takes for a dog to be just that. If you don't title dogs - you don't have the experience to really know. I am now disabled, and am extremely limited in what dogsport I can do, but my extensive experience allows me to help those who wish to do work or sport with their dogs. If you are an experienced dog sport person who has titled dogs, talk to me about a discount on one of my pups.
The one and only thing a person takes with them into death is their personal honor. I despise those who think "getting away with something" is a virtue. I have dedicated my life to stewardship to a couple different breeds; it is my hobby to try produce healthy, sturdy, happy, pups for people who will love them. Along with that goes my life long commitment to each puppy I produce. I have a strict "take back" contract and each pup is microchipped and I remain on their contact list for life.
SOUND PUREBREDS - THE DANBAR DIFFERENCE
Sadly, those dogs which should be THE healthiest, the SOUNDEST and the MOST desired - the purebred dog - has fallen on hard times due to the greed of unethical breeders out for "easy money" or show ring wins at the expense of soundness. As large professional kennels have gone away, we are now left with thousands of people who simply dabble in breeding. They have no real knowledge of structure, health issues or genetics. These are the so called "backyard breeders". And they have ruined many a pure breed of dog.
This website is designed to help you avoid those who are damaging our pure breeds. The history of purebreds is a special interest of mine (I am currently working on another book on this subject) so I want to encourage you to make choices which will be beneficial to you and to dogs.
Ethical breeders HEALTH TEST. Period. NO EXCUSES! They are PROUD to show you they care enough to want to produce only healthy animals. I mean, who wouldn't health test!? It is available, it is not that expensive and it is the ONLY way to responsibly manage health issues in pure breeds. There is no legitimate excuse not to; it is the main reason well bred dogs are expensive - not because the breeder wants a trip to Disneyland!