In 1979, I purchased my first English Cocker from Bobbi Estes of Kedgwick English Cockers. "Leah", Kedgwick Wild Honey Pie, was an orange roan. In 1980, she was followed by Ch. Kedgwick Love Me Do, aka "Courtney". Despite being an inexperienced handler at the time, I finished Courtney's championship easily at 15 months of age, including a win at an English Cocker supported entry show.
"Courtney" was my heart dog. Her first litter sired by Ch. Successor of Sorts, ECM produced Ch. Dickens Tom Wildspark ECM, who became a specialty breed winner, Ch. Dickens Miss Gwynn and Dickens Tracy Tupman. The latter bitch was the dam of a top-producing sire, Ch. Berridale's Dream Come True, ECM.
The desire to excel and to breed quality dogs began there. I strive for good temperaments and healthy home raised puppies that are exciting to watch and a joy to live with. Our puppies have done well in the show ring, in performance events and in homes as loving pets. We have puppies occasionally (once or twice/year). All of our dogs have had all the recommended health testing done as well as the dogs they are bred to.
I added my first Lowchen in 2008. That began a new chapter in my life.
Ch. Kedgwick Love Me Do
My husband and I also raised two daughters who participated in Junior Showmanship with our English Cockers. We both retired now.
My daughter, Marissa Shepherd, co-owns and handles our dogs with me. And the story continues..............
Marissa winning Best Junior with CH Dickens Mr. Fezziwig
Far left is Ch. Dickens Emma Gordon and far right is Ch. Dicken Josiah Bounderby