John grew up on a family dairy farm in Holland. There, he raised show goats and helped with the other farm animals: sheep, horses, ducks and chickens. The family always had a German Shepherd or a Bouvier des Flandres, and of course, the ever present barn cats.
|In 1982, John came to Canada. Initially, he owned and operated a tree farm and worked in the Alberta oil patch. Missing his pets, he joined up with a breeder of Newfoundland show dogs. Next, he added a Miniature Schnauzer to his family. As a result, he met Heather and became involved in her business. |
Heather was raised in the northern interior of British Columbia. Her father worked in the forest industry. The family had all the usual household pets, including a Beagle, various gerbils, cats and budgies.
In 1979, Heather bought her first Miniature Schnauzer and learned how to groom. Around this time, she started attending dog shows and began breeding Miniature Schnauzers.
Through her career, she has bred over 50 Canadian champions, owned a chain of grooming salons, boarded and conditioned all types of show dogs from Afghan Hounds to Shitzus, as well as, taught pet care and grooming in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Calgary.
In 2001, John and Heather moved to Armstrong, with their Newfoundland dog, an adopted Chow Chow, an assortment of Schnuazers, and numerous cats.
Today, breeding dogs is no longer the focus of the business. Heather and John have chosen to devote their time to the kennel business. They still have their own menagerie of pets, including exotic birds and a few dogs . They love the life that they have built in the beautiful Okanagan.