In1990 , when we were living in the British Virgin Islands, I met and
fell in love with the Portuguese Water Dog. Since then, I have been
very active in the breed serving as a founding director and on the
Board of Directors of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of British
Columbia and the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada. I have
served on the boards of both the PWDCC and the PWDCBC as a
director and as president for many years. I have been a member of
the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America since 1992 and a member
of the Canadian Kennel Club for more years than I can remember. I
was a member of the Lowchen Club of Canada and have been the B.
C. Director. In 2002 I co-chaired the LCC National Specialty Show. I
am or have been a member of the Tyee Kennel Club and the
Cowichan Dog Obedience Training Club. I am an active member of
the Vancouver Island Dog Judges Study Group and was a founding
member of Discover Dogs Vancouver Island and am a member of the
Dog Judges Association of Canada.
In 2000 I had the privilege of chairing the Portuguese Water Dog Club
of Canada’s First National Specialty Show which drew an entry of over
90 dogs from Canada and the USA. I have chaired many specialties
and booster events since that time including National Specialties in
2005 and 2008 as well as numerous Regional Specialties and I
continue to do so.
I have shown countless PWDs to their Championships and have
bred many litters of Portuguese Water Dogs over the years as well as
3 litters of Lowchens. Many of my home bred PWDs are shown and
all finished their Championships with wins at large shows. My stud
dog “Am Can Ch Echobay’s Samador Makin’ Music” (Mozart) was the
top male PWD in Canada in 2001. He sired many champions, water
trial certificate winners and event winners during his life He died in
2009. Am Can Ch Samador Georgia Strait was #5 in Canada two
years in a row. BIS Am Can Ch Samador Starlight Serenade WWD
CGN was #4 in 2010 and is #1 at the beginning of 2011.
I breed only a litter or two a year and don’t advertise except for my
web site. My pups are raised in the house under foot and sold on non-
breeding contracts. Not many of my pups are seen in the show ring
as I do not look for show homes for them. If their families wish to
show or compete in other events I am delighted, but that is not my
primary goal. I breed only for myself and keep a pup from each litter to
be shown. My older girls are re-homed when they are finished their
breeding period so that each lives out her life as a cherished family
companion. Georgia will never be re-homed as she is my angel and
my heart dog.
I am actively pursuing my CKC judging credentials and am licensed to
Judge the Working Group and the first half of the Non Sporting Group.
Becoming a judge is a very long process and I am looking forward to
continuing Herding Group.
I have been privileged to travel quite extensively to many places in the
USA as well as Europe and Scandinavia to see dogs on a global
basis. I also go to Westminster nearly every year to take the judging
seminars from the Dog Judges’ Association of America and, of
course, see the show. I attnded the first World Congress on the
Portuguese Water Dog in Portugal in 2013.
I believe each little puppy is a precious treasure to be carefully
nurtured and cherished. I try to follow my pups for their entire lives to
make sure they are always safe, secure and loved. My pups must
come back to me at any time during their lives should the owners not
be able, for any reason, to keep them.
Samador" is my kennel name. It is a name that was originally
Labradors -thus, “Samador”. Since 2008, my kennel name,
“Samador” waspermanently registered with the Canadian
Kennel Club as a result offulfilling certain qualifications to earn
I have been involved in the sport of dogs since 1969 when I got
myfirst Samoyed. She was a lovely girl and was to become the
first Samoyed bitch to achieve an Obedience Trial Champion-
ship in Canada. I had a number of Samoyeds, some very
good American imports, and they were all shown to
conformation and obedience titles. One was the top winning
obedience Samoyed in Canada. MyLabradors were also
exhibited in conformation and obedience and I had several fine
Champions as well as two Obedience Trial Champions.