I still call myself a newbie, I have only been involved in Cairn Terriers for approx. 17 years now.
I started off involved with the show-dog world with Gundogs until one day I was introduced to a feisty, cheeky dark brindle girl called Tigga. (Gr Ch Catraz Simply a Star). She was bred by a friend of mine with Labs and continued to escape and be cheeky. Her mum, was reluctant to desex her as she was a very nice girl, so I said I would have a go with her...and here it begun!
Tigga went on to be the foundation bitch for my kennel. We had massive success in the show-ring and she totally made me fall in love with the breed! She saw my trial and error learning to groom and hand strip, silently mocked me as she jumped off trolleys and ran off at shows and let me know quickly how a cairn can pretend to be starving but in reality they are fatter than a wombat!
I have a wonderful young family 10, 13, 18 and a fantastic husband that is behind me in everything I do, even if it means holding, feeding, picking up poop or just listening to my never-ending excitement about pedigrees and dogs.
Each litter here is planned in detail and well thought out and discussed with mentors in the breed.
My dogs are well loved and part of my family. All the dogs on this page do not live with me, they are either with family, friends, retired or (Skippy) deceased. My dogs are my pets first and show animals second. They will never be just, just stock.
Outside of dogs I was heavily involved in the Fertility Community. I have been a Surrogate twice for friends and have donated eggs to another dear friend. Giving these gifts has been a massive part of my life and to watch these amazing parents raise these special and SO loved children is amazing.
I am now also heavily involved into Dog Grooming and Grooming Competitions around Australia. Win, place or draw, you learn so much. In two years I have many placements and two Best in Shows under my belt!
I try not to take life too seriously these days!
Surrogacy and Egg Donation
2013 was a big year for me. I was a Surrogate for a friend and gave birth to her daughter (gestational surrogacy/embryo is the parents and I was just a carrier) in October.
It was their last Embryo and last hope to become a family. Out of 9 embryos one survived and I got pregnant first go, using IVF in Sydney (Genea)
Being a Surrogate is something I have wanted to do for a long time. To give a gift that someone has wanted SO badly is AMAZING. I was/am NOT paid to be a Surrogate and have never regretted helping dear P and J reach their dream.
A few months ago I also completed a cycle of egg donation for dear E and T. E had a little girl: C August 2015 and another little girl in 2017.
2015/2016 New Surrogacy Journey for beautiful friends, stay tuned!
13th of April 2016 I gave birth (via C-Section) to an 8lb baby girl, born for my lovely friends. That is the end of my fertility helping out :) I am getting old!