In 1991, I bought my first Shih Tzu as a pet, and started attending dog shows. I became HOOKED on the whole dog show idea, and decided I needed a show dog of my own. I bought my very first show dog, Collin – CH Ah So Let It Be Me. He became a champion in short order and soon after I had to have another. I then contacted Jody Neal and purchased Sparkle, Am/Can CH Wingate’s Dubbli Sparkli. Sparkle was presented in Canada by Carrie Randle. This forged a close relationship between her mother, Carol, and I. After Sparkle completed her Candadian Title, I sent her to handler – Kristi Trivilino – to complete her American title.
Next, I bought a beautiful female from Carol Randle, who became CH Symarun’s Incredibly Debonair. This is my constant companion, Danielle. With my previous handlers retiring, I then approached a new handler, Tonia Holibaugh. After talking to her, I knew she would be able to present my dogs in the manner in which I would feel comfortable. She also was close by and I knew this would be beneficial for me to be able to develop a close working relationship with her.
So off Danielle went with Tonia (well not too far). Tonia showed her first in Houston where she won back-to-back 5 point majors in tough competition including a Specialty win. She showed her in 3 more shows in the next 2 weeks and finished her in just 6 shows total with 3 majors. Yes, I became spoiled!!!!
With Danielle, my other girls including her two daughters, Katie – CH Obsession’s Incredibly Wild and Flirt – CH Obsession’s Flirting with Danger, and my new boy Willie, CH Symarun’s Obsession, bred by Carol Randle, I am moving to develop my own look with beautiful faces, gorgeous coats, happy outgoing attitudes and good movement. Without the wonderful friendships I have forged along the way, none of this would be possible. I hope everyone is able to find their own OBSESSION like I have with this wonderful and captivating breed and the fun sport of showing dogs!!
American Shih Tzu Club
Houston Kennel Club
Toy Club of Great Houston
President of Shih Tzu Club of Greater Houston