My name is Ellen Hargreaves. I have been associated with dogs for
over 40 years, both here and in England. I came to Canada in 1967 with four children, one Manx kitten, and a German Shepherd
Dog which, up to that time, I called an Alsatian.
We spent a year in Nova Scotia and, in January 1968, drove to Vancouver
with that lot all squeezed into a Ford Galaxie. Didn’t run out of the snow until we reached the Lower Mainland. My husband
was transferred to Vancouver Island in 1971 and soon after that we built a large boarding kennel on an acreage.
I joined the German Shepherd Dog Club of Nanaimo and started breeding
Shepherds. I am a member of the C.K.C. and have a registered kennel name. I was encouraged to enter one of my young Shepherds
in an all breed show and that was the start of my showing in Canada.
I had two Schipperkes who came to board with us twice a year and I
fell in love with the breed but I had to wait for 17 years to get my first one. For her first meal I put her food in a small
dish and my last Shepherd had her’s in a washing-up bowl. Daisy just stood there and refused to eat until her food was
also put into a washing-up bowl. Then she ate. A Shepherd will do anything to please but a Schip – forget it!
We are now down to one old girl and are waiting for a puppy.
I am really looking forward to judging the Sweepstakes and feel honoured
to have been asked to judge.