We acquired our first Newfoundland
through Newf rescue in Wisconsin. He was a four year old
brown male named Yogi and we loved him to pieces. He was
not a show dog but he had the wonderful Newf temperament
and the true water rescue instinct, typical of the breed.
We'd only had him a few months when he dove, fully extended,
off the dock to rescue our daughter and her cousin. He thought
they were drowning because they started screaming when they
jumped out of the boat into the chilly water to go water
skiing. Yogi hadn’t ever gone swimming when we were
at the lake, all he cared to do was wade in to cool off.
We were thrilled to see the essence of the breed when he
dove in and started swimming out to the girls. It's a sight
we will never forget.
Needless to say we were hooked
on Newfoundlands. That was in 1992, and in 1994 we bought
our first Newf , Ollie, who I sincerely hoped would be a
show dog. For various reasons he wasn't, but again, we loved
him dearly. I learned a lot from that experience and did
more research the next time we sought to buy a show dog.
We lost Ollie at age 11 and will miss him forever.
In April 1996 we bought a show
prospect, Ch. Teddy Tug’s Travelin’ Man, who
easily finished his championship, owner handled by me, a
rookie. We bought another male, Ch. Buddybear’s On
The Road Again, who finished easily owner-handled. After
that, we bought our foundation bitch, Nakiska's Gift of Joy “Susy”.
We were so lucky, Susy sailed through all her health clearances
and was a wonderful producer for us. She produced five champions
who themselves have carried on Susy’s legacy. We lost
Susy unexpectedly after a short illness. She reigned supreme
in our household
and we miss her terribly. I learned a tremendous amount of
information about Newfoundlands as I worked my way through
the process of selecting a stud dog, whelping, and raising
puppies. We were very fortunate in that, Ingrid Lyden of
Nakiska Newfoundlands, gave me a lot of help. I continue
to learn more all of the time.
We now have Susy's daughter,
Ch. Kettle Hill’s Kayenne “Kayenne”, and
two of her grandchildren, Ch. Kettle Hill’s Ramblin’ Man “Robby” and
Ch. Culpepper's Had To Be A Lady Kettle Hill "Halle".
They are wonderfully healthy and typey.
We live in Wisconsin in the Northern
Kettle Moraine, situated about an hour north of Milwaukee.
It's in an area that was carved out by glaciers so it's hilly
and very pretty with a lot of woods and lakes. It's a good
place for us and our Newfoundlands. Thanks for visiting our