My love affair with purebred dogs started in about 1992 when I purchased a Dalmatian from a woman in my home town. I immediately fell in love with the breed, and the sport. She mentored me, and guided me through the acquisition of a few more Dals, as well as allowing/encouraging me to show a few of hers.
That all changed when I got a phone call from her one afternoon in about 1995 (neither of us can remember the exact date): Gina, you have got to come see what I’ve got over here!
What she had was a little hairless dog named Tigger, the likes of which I had never seen before. This bouncy, joyful little fellow was pure energy and happiness! He never met a stranger… And my passion for Chinese Cresteds was born. I believe it was 1997 when I purchased MY first Crested, Muji, and my passion for this breed has never wavered.
I have had cresteds since then (1997). I have shown Conformation in the AKC, CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) UKC, and IABCA, titling in all those except IABCA.
My dogs, in varying numbers, have competed in ASCA Agility, Coursing Ability Tests, FastCats, and Barnhunt. They compete in NASDA (North American Sport Dog Association) trials where they are ranked Top 10 in their Discipline (ULII), and have titled in Trailing and Locating and Urban Challenge Games as well. One of them is just the second Crested to attain an Urban Locating III title, and just the fifth Crested to attain a Barnhunt Masters Title. Two of the dogs will complete at Invitationals in Canada in June in Urban Locating with Nasda (Top 25 are invited). I am currently getting forms together for my second, third, and fourth Versatility Titles. A few have ATT, TKN and CGC titles as well.
I’ve been a member of the Chinese Crested Club of Southern California for over ten years, and have held the position of Board Secretary for several years.
I am also a current member of the Trailed By Twenty Hounds NASDA Club.
My aim in moving forward with the ACCC board is three-fold. I’d like to see continued focus on the health of our breed, promoting health testing and relevant seminars to aid in producing the healthiest dogs we can.
Second, we have an exceptionally versatile breed. We need to nurture this within the fancy so EVERYONE can learn just how much these smart and active little dogs can do! I want to push us forward towards more performance – let’s make this an even more well-rounded breed.
And of course I want to continue to aid this extraordinarily hard-working board in putting on our beautiful Specialties every year… It’s a labour of love!
My husband and I are currently retired and live in Southern California.