My first love is Dobermans, but we we have bred Schipperkes, Mini Long Haired Dachshunds and have owned a delightful Borzoi.
My involvement with Dobermans started in 1982, when we purchased a little soft-eared black & tan female called Teela. Teela was enrolled in obedience classes since it is important for the dog to have manners. Teela was extremely smart and a great family companion. She played and watched hockey and baseball with our three children as they grew.
I enjoyed the obedience classes and became involved with the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club, attending their annual dog show and helped out by ring stewarding. I used this involvement to learn more about purebred dogs and decided three years later to purchase a registered Doberman to show and train.
Pelican Lake Rambo the Rascal, known to his friends as Rambo, joined our Whitcam family in 1985. I showed him to his championship and Rambo earned his Companion Dog title with much perseverance! He then retired from the show ring to become an ambassador for the breed – a member of the Crocus drill team, square dancing at the local fairs, greeting people at breed displays and enjoying the good life. I learned many things from Rambo – among them patience and humility!
Whitcam Dobermans have competed in the Top 20 competition at the DPCA and several of our Dobermans have qualified for the DPCC Top 20. They have also received DPCC Award of Merits, Dam of the Year and Sire of the Year awards. We are also honoured to have received one of the first Dam of Merit titles issued by the Doberman Pinscher Club of Canada.
Our Dobermans have earned many obedience titles and are extremely versatile – competing in agility, scent hurdle, and flyball. They excel at relaxing on the sofa or walking with their families. They visit with their owners at senior citizen homes and greet the public at summer fairs and the local shopping malls.
I have have taught obedience classes for over 25 years. Since my retirement from Safeway in 2007, after 29 years, I have opened a Doggie Day Care, “Friends Fur Life Day Care Inc”. Running the day-to-day business and teaching private obedience and puppy classes along with private behavior consultations keeps me quite busy. I enjoyed several years as a professional handler and I am grateful to the many people and who trusted me with their dogs. I am currently a permit judge and working on the first half working group.
I am a member of the following dog clubs:
– Doberman Pinscher Club of Manitoba
– Doberman Pinscher Club of Canada
– Doberman Pinscher Club of America
– Doberman Owner Handler Association
– Crocus Obedience & Kennel Club
– Wheat City Kennel Club
– Canadian Kennel Club