Born and raised in Munich, I have also lived for a few years in the US, Canada, South Africa and England. In that time I have not only achieved my training as a photographer and photo- and media-designer, but also accomplished my studies in Kynology (3.5 years) to become one of approx. 450 certified dogtrainers in Germany. Since my childhood dogs have always been an important part of my life, Dobermann`s, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and some other hunting breeds were some of my companions growing up and later on in life.
My other half Barton was born in Cape Town South Africa, and growing up on a farm in Namibia, he has always been right in the middle of nature and up close and personal with all sorts of creatures.
During his childhood and youth, his family had quite a few four-legged companions, terriers to keep their farm free of snakes and other pests, and Staffordshire Terriers as guard dogs for their family, as well as being the guard dogs for their cattle, sheep and goat herds.
For him it was normal that their dogs, who were a beloved part of their family, also had a very important place and roles that formed part of their everyday work and life.
This mindset is part of us to this day – Barton and I value dogs for what they are, highly social animals with many talents and a great desire for personal freedom.
Our centre of life has moved to the beautiful Upper Bavarian farmlands near Rosenheim, where we live with our 4 Louisana Catahoula Leopard dogs Lennox, Hancock, Spitfire & Bootz on a 50,000 sqm farm.
We own Catahoulas for quite a few years, and they support me in my everday life as a dogtrainer and owner of a dog hotel – the boys & the girls are valuable members of our family and a great part of my business. On a daily basis they have to interact with strange dogs of all kinds and sorts – with all kinds of personalities and issues. Its their work and they are great at it.
For this reason we decided quite a while ago, we would love to breed our dogs and contribute to this very special unique breed in a way to perserve the versatile character of what a Catahoula Leopard Dog can be.