In the late 1990’s, Glenda began researching dog breeds looking for a non-shedding breed, and also a breed with minimal health issues.After 2 years of searching, she became very interested in Spanish Water Dogs. This led to her visiting Antonia Garcia Perez of Ubrique Kennel in Spain. She returned with a male puppy (Gramsci) and a female puppy (Trevi) in 2001, with Cinder following about a year later.
After 4 successful litters prior to CKC recognition of the breed, Trevi and Cinder were retired from breeding in 2009. Wanting to start breeding again, she travelled with Marnie to the World Dog Show in Finland in 2014. There we met a number of established European breeders and saw many fine dogs.
After communication between Marnie and Marika Fredrikson (Zorrazo Spanish Water Dogs), Glenda and Marnie visited Marika in Croatia to bring home new foundation breeding stock. Glenda returned with a beautiful solid black 2 year old female, Croatian CH Zorrazo Witch Hazel, “Vitsi.” Halle then joined Glenda’s household in 2018, and Halle’s puppy “Angel” came along in mid 2022.
Marnie’s first Spanish Water Dog was “Goli,” a Spanish import who came to her in 2002 following a successful ARBA show career in the US. Goli’s unique qualities began Marnie’s passion for this breed’s intelligence and devoted nature.
Marnie was an early member of the SWDCA, and this led to her importing Chase from the US in 2007. Demonstrating the versatility of this breed, Chase went on to earn the first CKC titles for the breed in Rally, Agility, Obedience, Herding and Conformation as well as still being the only SWD to have earned both a Championship and Agility Master Championship (Veteran) in Canada. During this time, Marnie also pursued the process for recognition of the breed by the Canadian Kennel Club. Spanish Water Dogs were first accepted as a Miscellaneous Breed in 2008, and gained full recognition in 2020.
While in Croatia with Glenda in 2015, Marnie was given the opportunity to bring home Fasu as an adult, and Hudson as a 3 month old puppy. Meg arrived in 2017 followed in 2019 by Oro, and his half sister Jade in 2020.
Having bred 4 lovely litters in recent years, and nearing a “big” birthday, Marnie has made the decision to retire from breeding. She looks forward to continue participating in performance activities with Meg, Oro and Jade.