Although I have bred Lakeland terriers starting in 1972, there was a long period of being on the sidelines of the breeding and show world, always with Lakeland terriers as constant companions.
Lakelands have been in my life since 1971 when I acquired Pool Forge Starkissed, daughter of Ch. Pitglen Party Piece and Ch. Stargazer of Dartvale from Mrs. William Wimer in Pennsylvania - thanks to the efforts of Patty Peters and Peter Green, long time friends and mentors in all my dog activities. She was a very pretty bitch who acquired a couple of points, but did not like to show. It was enough to get me hooked on the breed, although I still had West Highland White Terriers and at one time an Irish terrier (who hated Lakelands). A couple of litters produced nice litters, but nothing spectacular. I imported Beldon Boudoir from Les Atkinson in 1972 Topsy, became a US champion and produced nice but not remarkable puppies.
I then acquired Jo-Ni's Julie of High Boots. Julie was at the time top winning Lakeland bitch in the US, I showed her a few times and had some nice group placements. I bred her to Ch. Special Edition, the top winning (BIS at Westminster) Ch Stingray of Derryabah son. Her litter produced Ch. Whycroft Gypsy Baron, a lovely and top winning and producing dog.
At this time I had some personal life changes that resulted in working full time plus in high tech and management consulting for 20 years, attending a few shows and always with top bred Lakelands as pets. There was a brief foray into a dog accessory business
While living and working in Brussels my older female Jazzy - Kilfel Point of Vu- died leaving behind a very lonely Reggie Fullcry Hark to Kilfel. Thanks to Nicky Patterson of Auchenhove in Scotland, I was able to acquire her winning bitch, with full intentions that Buffy Ch. Saredon Cerise of Auchenhove would retire and become a house pet. She had two years of retirement with a calm life in Brussels; but when we moved to Nice where we met Patrice LeGros, a top French breeder of Wire Fox terriers (Ch. Ourasi of Elodie) .He trimmed Buffy for us and suggested that we might want to try showing her at the Paris dog show that year held for the final time at Longchamps. At that time we met Mm. Lislotte Accarri, who has become our French mentor and counselor. She has bred Lakeland terriers continuously for over 30 years with the affix -- Diable des Crus -. Her Pollyana was closely related to our Buffy. Much to our surprise, Buffy won a very large Open Bitch class and went on to win Best of Breed in a showing of 28 Lakelands. I was hooked again ! We bred Buffy to Rony Demunter's lovely top winning top producing dog Kilvermin Keenun and produced a single bitch puppy, now Ch. Sissi de la Whycroft.
Currently we live in Mougins near Nice, France, where Mike and I run a consulting business serving high tech companies, and I serve on the board of WeForest.com. We were very lucky to have Johan Brone of Belgium showing our dogs for us, although we occasionally venture into the ring with puppies ourselves, the old trimming knife calluses returned quickly having never really disappeared.