Let’s See Those Pumpkins!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As the décor changes we’d like to share some pics of some of our Pups all over the US enjoying “Pumpkin Massacre” 2016.

Our Dogues seem to have a particular affinity and lust for pumpkins.  An annual tradition here that seems to have caught on and growing with our families is the “Pumpkin Massacre.”   The time of year when we take down the outside Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations and let the Dogues have at the pumpkins that have been taunting them for weeks.

We cut off the tops, scoop out the seeds and let the Dogues have at it.  Pumpkin is wonderful for all dogs.  We always keep a few cans on hand during the off season and when we travel to dog shows as it works miracles with any kind of tummy ache.  It’s our first “go to” home remedy when someone has a g.i. upset.

Just be sure you buy real canned pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie that already has sugar and spices mixed in.  Trust us when we say that you don’t want those problems ;).

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Holiday Shopping Idea!

New York fashion designer Amy Handkammer has graciously donated her time and talent to make customized bracelets and key fobs, all proceeds donate to the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America!

She is personally designing a silver mesh charm bracelet for Joy, something with a vintage/antique flair and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  This is really a lovely, rare opportunity to have a quality keepsake personally designed by an expert.

Here, 3x US Junior Handler of the Year winner Mckenzie modeling her custom “Kronos” bracelet.  Amy will custom design through November 30, 2016. Please contact us to learn more about this wonderful opportunity to have a beautiful, treasured keepsake crafted to your specifications with careful thought and love.

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Career Show and multiple Best In Show Wins!

We are beyond ecstatic to pass along our show results from last weekend!  We came home with a fist-full of Red, White and Blues (BEST IN SHOW colored ribbons) and are still wrapping our heads around this!

Our foundation Girl Urszula, at 7 years old, wins  BEST IN SHOW VETERAN against competition of all breeds.  Most show careers peak at 3-4 years old and to have her out, moving, looking like a rock star and WINNING at 7 is practically unheard of.

Our puppy Rudy wins 2 BEST PUPPY IN SHOW.  1 Reserve BEST PUPPY IN SHOW.

At the end of the show there is a final competition whereby all of the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show from the weekend go back in the ring against each other to compete for BEST OF THE BEST IN SHOW.

Our puppy Rudy wins BEST OF THE BEST IN SHOW.  This is beyond amazing, there are truly not enough words, we are still speechless. rudy3rivers rudyandursula rudybishow rudyringshot rudyringshot2 ursuaochicksrock ursulabigribbon1 ursularbis

I Love, I Love, I Love my Calendar Girl!

The 2017 World of Dogue de Bordeaux Calendar winners have been announced!  In 2017 our Mila has been selected to grace *two* months on the World calendar!!!

It rotates annually globally, but in 2017, all World Calendar proceeds are designated to the DDB Welfare (rescue) in the UK.  If you have a Dogue from us, no doubt Mila is related so please order one or several of these calendars to help an incredibly important cause (not to mention looking forward to turning the months for wonderful enjoyment)!  We are attaching the ordering link for your convenience.  Enjoy!


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Beautiful Sketch of Storm de Legeane (c)

Our neighbor and friend Dr. Marshall Thomas surprised us with this amazing image of our Storm.  Dr. Thomas is in the fine-arts and film industry and this rendering may be featured in an upcoming film documentary.  We will announce and update as we can as this is very exciting.  This material is copyrighted.

For those who have a puppy from us Storm is no doubt somewhere in the pedigree.  We won’t list his long list of show accolades and multiple national awards.   Long-retired from the show ring and now just a cheerful, loving house-pet and very proud Papa and Grandpa.

Enjoy this great piece!



Heartstrings Champion #14!

Last weekend our beautiful girl When Will it Reign at Woodland Park (Reign) made the long drive from Memphis to Upstate NY with one goal:  win those final 2 Majors and become AKC Conformation Champion.

She made light work of this task.  Blowing out 2 back-to-back Major Wins and earning her well-deserved Championship crown.  On her way back home we met up for a joyous celebratory dinner – enormous congratulations to her owners for this accomplishment and thank you for the hard work and beautiful presentation of our homebred girl!

Additionally, Reign has had dazzling health results which are public and may be found on www.offa.com.  Just.  Great. Stuff.

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Puppies Available!

It has been a busy few weeks while we narrowed things down.  Thank you all for you patience as we make agonizing decisions.  We currently have the following puppies available:

From Champion, Grand Champion, Bronze Grand Champion Storm de Legeane x Champion, Grand Champion and CGC Heartstrings Margaret litter (D.O.B. 07/07/16) 2 males.  Argyle Boy (show agreement only) and Brown Boy (we would love this promising puppy shown but realize showing is not “do-able” for all).

Potentially:  From Champion Luther x Champion, Grand Champion Heartstrings Claire (D.O.B. 07/12/16) our pretty Green Girl.  There is a courtesy hold on her until Saturday, September 24.

All puppies have completed US Super Dog Protocol, experience with daily tactile learning, puzzles, etc.  Puppies have completed multiple field trips off campus and met well over “100 strangers” beginning early socialization.  Puppies have been fully vetted by a veterinary specialist, received their 2nd set of puppy vaccines and microchipped (we use a life-long service requiring no annual renewal).  They are also doing well with crate training and housebreaking.

We are in the process of going back thru our waiting list but please reach out if you haven’t heard from us.  330 322 4876.argylegaiting brownboyattention brownboygaiting brownrunning


2 Dogues in the US Top 20!

US Nationwide Breed-point rankings were released a few days ago and we are delighted to announce that we have 2 DDB’s ranked in the US Top 20!

Champion, Grand Champion Mambo at #9.  Making his debut on the charts, our young new Champion Luther at #11!

This requires a bit of planning because both boys show in the same area.  One goes out to show, one stays home and relaxes lest we be competing against ourselves.

Years back we remember watching the Top 20 Competition at DDBSA Nationals.  Awestruck, dreaming of having a Dogue of this caliber.  Fast-forward to present day and not only have we owned, but most importantly bred, multiple Top 20 Ranked Dogues.

Very satisfying and rewarding – our families and Dogues make us very proud!



Puppy Update

As is our practice, this week we met with Judge Linda Rusinko for her written critiques and evaluations.  We are delighted to pass along that nearly every puppy received a Very Promising Show Prospect – A Ranking (the highest possible ranking) by Judge Rusinko.

Now that puppies can venture out carefully, we began meeting our “100 Strangers Off-Campus” socialization protocol.  Additionally, we had a photo session with Jean Nester and Raney Days Photography and are passing along a few fun photos.

We have a few more critiques scheduled for the weekend then will begin the difficult task of drilling down and making final show-prospect decisions.  Following that we will know which puppies will be available for companion homes.

They are all just beautiful but unfortunately we can’t keep everyone.  We will know more soon, thank you all for your patience through this process.

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Puppies Available Week of September 5, 2016

Greetings everyone!  We are close to making final show-prospect decisions and will know more soon about companion home availability on 2 beautiful litters here now.

Litter #1;  07/07/16.  Bronze Grand Champion Storm de Legeane x Grand Champion Heartstrings Margaret.  Both Sire and Dam have won all the way up to and competed in the Best in Show ring (Ukc).  Storm is our import from the Netherlands, Westminster Invite and 2x recipient of the DDBSA National Sire of the Year award.  We have not permitted Storm to be used outside of our program and in two litters he has sired 6 conformation champions and numerous obedience-titled Dogues.  In addition to Grand Champion, Margaret has a CGC Title and is Dam of multiple-titled Dogues.

Litter #2; 07/12/16.  Champion Heartstrings Luther x Grand Champion Heartstrings Claire.  Luther is our home-breeding using frozen semen imported from Europe of Multi European Champion Vlempa Bardos.  Luther’s show career is taking off and we expect to see him ranked in the US Top #20 (if not Top #10) when stats are released in September.  Claire is our beautiful girl that graced the cover of USA Today when competing at Westminster in 2014.  She is only points-shy of Bronze Grand Champion.

All health testing is a matter of public record.  You may review the generations of health testing on the OFA website as well as horizontal pedigree testing.

Puppies have completed US Military Super Dog Training Protocol which begins at 3 days.  They will arrive having been fully vetted by a repro specialist, utd on vaccinations, microchipped and health guarantee.  They will also meet “100 strangers” off campus prior to going to new homes/socialization.  Additionally, daily tactile and “experience” exposure including puzzles, noise sensitivity, etc.  We will require a certified CGC course (we will assist you with locating and vetting trainers) and recall we do not sell with breeding rights.

We realize many have been waiting and thank you for your patience if you have previously submitted an application.  If you have not heard from us, please get in touch with us to discuss whether this is good timing.  We are in the process of scheduling a session with a professional photographer and, as a matter of etiquette, will have professional photos available once those already committed have made their selections.