I have had a lifelong career with animals, starting at the tender age of 5 with horses. My first horse show was at age 7. I rode Hunter/Jumpers for years, and my best classes were equitation and show hack. I then found my way into Western and did well gaming on my Hunter, winning nearly every trophy the local club had to offer. I took home 21 trophies in the first year. Then I was introduced to rodeo. I rode a cutting horse (belonging to a friend) to #9 in British Columbia in barrels. I was the first female in the Vancouver Island Rodeo Association to compete as a hazer in steer wrestling, enabling the Top 5 men to achieve their rankings in the year end standings.

OttoFinances forced me to step back from competing the the horse arena, but I eventually found my way into dogs and I purchased my first German Shepherd, Amos of Andy, CDX . Buddy, as he was known, was the smartest dog people had seen in a long time. Our very first time out he went High in Trial over Canada's top winning Sheltie in obedience. This was our introduction to the dog show world, a score of 199 (out of 200), our very first weekend at a show. Buddy finished his CD with three straight High in Class awards. From there we went on to finish his CDX with three straight scores and High in Class, High Combined Scores, High Overall Aggregate, Highest Owner Handled Dog. Unfortunately, Buddy contracted cancer at age 8. It broke my heart to lose him as he was my constant companion.

My next GSD, Beaufort's Briar Brush, CD was a show type dog. So, I started to take handling classes from Earlene Luke of Bellingham, Washington. Briar never really liked to show, but he taught me what I needed to know to get my start in the conformation ring. I went on to finish most of the dogs at that time in the Beaufort Kennels. They were my first true love.

In 1989 I purchased a German Shorthaired Pointer, NMK's Prima Donna V. Lyntone ('Tosca'), from Carol Chadwick of Northwood Mtn Kennels in Sacramento, CA. Tosca became my foundation bitch. I bred her to Am/Can BIS Ch. Malhaven's Pied Piper who had previously been used only selectively at stud. The litter of 8 produced 5 champions. 'Buck', 'Foxy', 'Sassy', and 'Ace' were US and Canadian champions and 'Emily' in Canada, all with specialty placements. I was then able to permanently register the Bianca kennel name with the Canadian Kennel Club. That process requires a breeder to breed five champions, which I was able to do in just one litter. Tosca died in September 2004 at the age of 15. Foxy in 2004 and Buck in 2005.

Tosca Piper
more on Tosca here mroe on Piper here

Mitch Mabel and PiperSpecial people come into our lives and here are a few - thank god for dogs or we never would have met!

Mitch and Mabel Ferguson with Am/Can BIS Ch. Malhaven's Pied Piper, and their handler/friend, Hugh Middleditch.


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