History In Dogs
Growing up, I spent most of my years surrounded by Dobermans in my parents (Lendra and Brian Barker) home. My love for the breed and dogs in general came instantly; I knew I would never be without a dog in my home.
I attended many shows as a youngster, and upon turning 8 I entered my first Junior Handling competition. I borrowed a Toy Manchester from Wendy Kelly for my debut in the Juniors ring. Easy is not exactly how I would describe my first juniors event, challenging perhaps would be a better word! However, I was hooked and entered every juniors competition I could, many times with a Toy Manchester and later on started showing the dobes and many other breeds.
As time went by, a love grew for the Toy Manchester breed, and I soon had my own Toy Manchester "Darcy". Darcy was a true spitfire, he loved life and gave everything his all. He lived a long wonderful life and taught me so much. He made it to the great age of 16!! I miss you "little man" and know I'll see you someday again, over the Rainbow Bridge.
As a teenager I did very well in Junior Handling and twice represented Nova Scotia at the Canadian Junior Handling Nationals 1997 & 1999. In 1997 I won the provincial finals showing a doberman Ch. Edelmar's Henderson Ace (bred by my parents). At the 1997 Junior Nationals in Ontario I showed Papillon MBIS MBISS Ch. Arkeno's Memphis Blues aka "Elvis" with great appreciation to Cec Ringstrom (Starstorm) for allowing me to use Elvis!
In 1999 I won the provincial finals showing BIS Ch. Heathermoors Brier O Driftwind (English Setter, pictured below - owned/bred by Debbie Fennell). At the 1999 Junior nationals I showed an English Setter named "Chaser".
Since this time I have shown my dogs to Multiple BIS's, Mulitple BISS, Multiple National Specialty BOB's, Multiple BPIS's,
and many many Group Wins and Placements!!