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I bought my first Vizsla for my son, who
didn't want to walk around with a standard
poodle, in the mid-70's. He was asthmatic
like I am, and the Vizsla is not a major
trigger for allergies, in our cases. I saw a
gorgeous Vizsla at a show and sent my son
down to their kennel, and he came home with
a 6 month old vizsla puppy. I was hooked!!
I joined the Connecticut Valley Vizsla Club,
and my love for the breed increased from
there. My first litter was in the late 70's,
so I have been breeding Vizslas for over 30
years. My goals as a breeder have always
been to breed for temperament, health, sound
confirmation, and a pretty head.
Then we decided we wanted to get to Madison
Square Garden, so we went to a Vizsla
breeder/handler in Connecticut who had a
litter 7 weeks old. We immediately fell in
love with this litter, and I found "CC"
Constant Comment. Pam, the breeder, wanted
to show her, since I was new to the
confirmation ring, and CC went BIS in an all
breed dog show at Danbury, Connecticut, in
1980. We were so proud of her!
I was at the first specialty that the
Danbury Vizsla Club had, and CC won this. At
the time the show was going on, I was flying
overhead taking pictures of the show, since
my plane had been delayed. I did get there
in time to celebrate the win with CC!
By this time, the kids were grown and I said
going to Florida might be fun, so off we
went - we moved to Florida in 1985.
We formed the Tampa Bay Vizsla Club with 5
people and a bottle of wine, in the
mid-80's. We are now AKC licensed in
conformation, hunt tests and field trials.
We have put on our own Specialty for a dozen
years now, and hosted the National Specialty
I started hunting with Sybil first, then I
bought Chelsea, with the intent of showing
her in confirmation and the field. I got
Sybil's Junior Hunter, and she is the first
brood bitch for the Southeastern Guide Dogs,
of which we've had many graduates.
My goals over the years have been first, to
win a championship, then win Best of Breed,
then win Group 1, then win a Specialty, then
win a Best In Show, and then win Best in
Show at the Vizsla Nationals. It took me
over 20 years, but I finally bred my BISS at
the Nationals, who was "Gator", Penlee
Leader of the Band.
Then I entered the Eukanuba / AKC show, and
won Best of Breed, and got a Group 4 in
2003, with "Arthur",
BISS CH. Penlee Arthur of Postbridge, JH, which qualified him to
go to Crufts.
I wanted to go to Crufts and win there,
which I did in 2004 with Arthur - I won 2nd
in the Open Gun Dog Group.
I also wanted to breed a dual champion,
which I did with Chelsea's daughter, Valley
Hunters Divine Penlee "Diva", who is owned
by Lisa Durham. In 2006 she was the highest
pointed dog at the Nationals, so she was to
go first in the Parade. I was so honored to
lead off the parade with her! She has 17
Master Hunter titles to her name.
to breed a better Vizsla............
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