Born in the prairies of Kansas and having a long lived love for animals and as an only child given me a unique opportunity to connect with animals. They heard many stories, cried several tears of sadness and joy, and accomplished many milestones with me. Each and everyone have held a special spot in my heart for one reason or another and each have taught me valuable lessons along the way. I have had the pleasure of being raised with cows, goats, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese, ferrets, pet rats, fish, and birds. I can remember from early on, I wanted to be a veterinarian so that I could be there to help animals. As time went on, I wanted to do more then be a veterinarian I wanted to do research on diseases so I could help “fix” animals more and not just one at a time.
I wanted to pursue a career in biomedical engineering, but it was not offered where I went to school so Biochemistry was the alternative. After a year of Chemical Engineering, I earned a BS Biochemistry from the University of Kansas in May 1997. Nineteen ninety seven was a very busy year as that was the year I married my best friend and moved to the sunny state of California. In California is where I have persued a career with a bioanalytical laboratory working on Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics studies. In 2007 I returned to school to get my AA in Veterinary technology and passed the CA boards in 2009. Along with the many fur family members we have added to our family we added our beautiful daughter in 2011.
We are currently owned by seven fur animals (1 cat (Monk) adopted from the vet tech program and 6 dogs). Our oldest family member is my heart dog my Golden Retriever Bailey (13 yrs), followed by our Great Danes: Nalla (11.5 yrs), Laural (8.5 yrs), Cinnamon (6 yrs), Payton (3 yrs), and Bristol (22 months).
Our adventure into Great Danes was introduced by my husband, Jon. At his uncle’s veterinarian clinic, a brindle Great Dane would often board with them. Spending lots of time with this magnificent giant, my husband fell in love with the breed, and had to eventually have one someday. Our first Great Dane is our brindle girl Nalla (Adelaide's Sweet Nalla Piche') in May of 2003. She is a breeding from Wolke and Anadane Great Danes. She retired with 3 AKC points, including 2 best of breeds over specials. Nalla went on to get her CGC and obtain her rally novice title.
After entering the show arena with Nalla I saw so many beautiful Danes and wanted a fawn. This brought Laural (Divine Acres Rising Victory V Adelaide) to our home. Laural is a breeding of Divine Acres. Laural is an exceptional representation of the breed. Laural hit the show ring with a bang at the Great Dane National in 2006 by taking 2nd out of a class of 26 for the futurity and pulled and considered during the regular confirmation classes at just 6 months old. Laural unfortunately retired prior to finishing with 9 AKC points and one major reserve.
My third Dane is Cinnamon (Int'l & GCH Divine Acres Sugar and Spice Girl AOM). Cinnamon is my brindle girl who has really started everything for me. Cinnamon is my shadow and my alpha of the pack. Cinnamon is very majestic in her approach but gives grace at the same time. She exhibits a wonderful representation of breed type, outstanding temperament, and substantial bone. She has been a joy and an adventure at the same time. Cinnamon attended the National in Chattanooga TN in 2009 and placed 4th in a very large open brindle class at the age of 19 months. Cinnamon finished her championship at 19 months and did well as a special being owner-handled the whole way. Cinnamon was one of the first 15 Great Danes to obtain a GCH title from the AKC. Cinnamon has participated in the working group and obtained a group 4 placement. In July 2011, Cinnamon gave me 4 beautiful baby boys. Cinnamon is waiting in the wings for veterans. Cinnamon made her debut as a veteran at the Monterey Bay Great Dane Club specialty in July 2014 and was awarded Best Veteran Bitch, Best Veteran, and an AOM. She is still the queen of the house with such grace, elegance, confidence, and as regal as ever.
In January 2009 I got my first male Dane and I was honored to have been a co-breeder with Divine Acres Great Danes. As of January 2012, at 25 months owner-handled, Taz finished his AKC Championship and is now CH Divine Acres Talisman. He is such a big goof and he knows how to make me smile. Taz is at least 38 1/2 to 39" and weighs 185 lbs. Taz brings a magnificent head piece and great chiseling around the eyes. He brings to the breed a great temperament, size and substance, and good breed type. He is such a love and there is no one he does not enjoy being with or around. Although Taz does not live me any longer he is still very much a part of my life. Although not still living in my home, he is being spoiled and living life to the fullest as a single dog.
In July 2011, Cinnamon gave me one of the best gifts there is to offer.....My baby boy Payton. Adelaide's Gridiron "Sweetness" named after the famed Walter Payton Payton was born at my house and has been such a great joy to have raised him from the minute he took his first breathe. Payton boosts breed type, a magnificent head piece with substantial bone, front and rear angles, and a rock solid topline, tail set and croup. He also has a very confident, showy, and an outgoing personality. Payton hit the show ring with a bang and never looked back. Payton attended the National in 2012 and was awarded the bred-by class of a good sized class. Payton finished has AKC Championship in March 2013 at 19 months old. In July 2013 Payton became BISS GCH Adelaide's Gridiron "Sweetness" all owner -handled. What a dream come true. Payton now has babies out in the ring that we are watching and have already at 10 months old have become AKC Champions. Payton is resting during the 2014 year to grow up and become all he can be. In 2015, watch for Payton to hit the ring.
Bristol (GCH Neet's You Had Me @ Hello V Adelaide AOM) is out of my boy Payton and Windy (GCH Crowbay's Wind in the USA, AOM). Bristol was bred by Neet Danes and Rose Hielscher. She is owned by Adelaide Danes and co-owned by Neet Danes. Bristol's first show she took a 4 pt major reserve. At the 2013 National Bristol was one of six left standing in the futurity and one of eight left standing for winners bitch. It was between her and another brindle girl considered for Best Puppy at National. This girl brings such class to the Dane ring. She has grace, elegeance, presence, very smart, confidence and an outstanding look at me personality. She exhibits outstanding breed type so well and has an amazing temperament. She greets everyone as old time friends. She is super sweet, loving and spicy all at the same time just like her grammy Cinnamon. Bristol was my youngest to finish her AKC Championship at just 17 months with three majors and her Grand Championship at 18 months going best of breed over top 20 contenders.