Growing up in Washington state, being outdoors with my dogs and horses has always been a part of my life. From the time I was young I have always had an affinity for working with animals. I developed a talent for training our family dogs and decided that a future career with animals was the path I wanted to take. When I was in high school I volunteered at the local humane society as well as our local veterinary office. After I graduated, I attended college classes at WSU to study animal sciences. During this time I met my husband, Jacob.
Being with Jacob took my life on a new path. When we met, Jacob was in the Army National Guard. I knew relatively little about the Army and didn't know the first thing of the challenges of being an Army wife! After some time, Jacob transferred to be in the active duty Army which meant more challenges for me. I knew this would mean a life of moving to new locations and that I would need a job that could move with me. This is when our first White Shepherd came into our life.
Our first White Shepherd, Buckley, completed our little family. From the first time I saw one
of these amazing dogs I knew I had to have one. Buckley is everything I could imagine and
more! I began showing Buck in conformation competitions as well as training him to be my
service dog. His intelligence, willingness to learn, and intuitive nature drew me in and started
my research into the breed. The established breed of Berger Blanc Suisse (White Swiss Shepherd)
described my ideal dog to the tee and were precisely the characteristics I most loved in Buckley.
The more I learned about the breed, the more I wanted to be involved with it.
I decided to turn this new passion with the Berger Blanc Suisse into the next chapter of my life. I wanted to share the joy these dogs brought to me with others. Now being involved with the Army, I also witnessed how valuable service dogs can be to many people. My future goals started to take place. I decided that I not only wanted to share this amazing breed with people, but also wanted to provide potential service dogs for military personnel. This is how my kennel began to develop.
Our program aims to produce the "total dog". Dogs that are not only beautiful to look at, but are equally as intelligent, trainable, and healthy. We breed according to the FCI Berger Blanc Suisse (White Swiss Shepherd) breed standard #347 and follow all FCI breeding rules and regulations including FCI Circulaire 07/77 which states that BBS cannot be cross bred with other shepherd breeds to be considered purebred. Our primary goal in our breeding program is to produce dogs with the best aptitude to become service dogs. All the dogs we use for breeding are CGC certified and usually therapy dog certified as well. This is to heighten the chances of producing pups with ideal service dog temperaments. Since our dogs have such proven excellent temperaments this also makes them ideal family dogs and pets. Our dogs are also required to pass more health testing and evaluations than most other breeders you will see.
Our first priority is to make sure our dogs are healthy and happy. We do this by providing our dogs with nutritious top of the line food and an active live style.
We only use top quality and proven dogs in our program. This means that each of our dogs has earned it's right to breed. They are titled in conformation events to ensure their adherance to the breed standard and have proven their solid temperaments by earning AKC's CGC certifications and Therapy dog certifications as well as having clean and clear health certifications. We use top imported breeding stock to develop our lines who's pedigrees include National and International Champions as well as World Winners.
We feed our dogs a combination of high quality kibble and a raw diet. We use Orijen and Nature's Variety dog kibble. Orijen is a biologically appropriate, whole prey dog food with one of the highest meat content found in kibbles. Orijen is also grain free and human grade. Nature's Variety is a natural and holistic dog food free from any additives, or chemical preservatives. Nature's Variety also have a freeze dried "raw" coating on their kibble. We add in our own special mix of fruits and vegetables, as well as the occasional piece of red meat, chicken, and raw bones. We also add all natural wild caught salmon oil and Solid Gold Seameal (multi-vitamin) to round out their diet. We believe that a quality diet is a good part of a dog's overall health. It also helps produce healthy puppies!
We enjoy providing our dogs with a variety of activities. Our dogs compete in conformation competitions with various organizations. They also are all graduates of the AKC Canine Good Citizenship program before they are considered for breeding. We also like to get our dogs therapy dog certified to further show their aptitude for service dog work. Although we don't yet compete in these things, our dogs also enjoy many recreational activities such as carting, herding, agility, nose work, swimming, hiking and more!
As our program grows, I will also be establishing working relationships with reputable service dog training organizations specifically focusing on service dogs for our military veterans. These relationships will assist us in being able to donate, free of charge, puppies to these organizations focusing on providing military service members with a future service dog!
As our program continues to develop I will continue to update these
pages so keep coming back to see us grow!
Below is a bit about me, my values, and how we got started