to our home on the web
......began in 1975 the day my 13 year old son,
Craig, brought home his own birthday
present.....a Bichon Frise puppy named Heidi.
Craig went to Junior
handling classes and before we knew it we were
hooked! Craig showed his Bichon to her Canadian
Championship, accumulating along the way a Group
4, as well as a Best Puppy in Group!
Once we decided to
breed and continue to show Bichons, we combined
our two first names and registered the kennel
name Craigdale. His next step was to breed a
litter. We contacted Mrs. Kay Calderbank for her
Ch. Regal Prince of Henruf as sire
It was at this time
I first met Pauline Brock, Hon. Sec. of the
Bichon Frise Club of Great Britain, who was
visiting her daughter in Vancouver and had heard
there was a litter of Bichons in the area.
Needless to say, being both new in the breed, we
had hours of talking to do.
In 1977 I went to my
first BFCA National Specialty and learned so very
much about the pedigrees and background of many
dogs. As I look back today, I believe that the
best learning tool is to go to a National
Specialty and study the producing lines,
especially in the puppy classes.
"home-bred" Champion was Am/Cdn
Ch Wicked Music By Craigdale....born
in 1977, out of a female I bought from Doris
Hayes; bred to Am Ch Vogelflights Music Man.
"Lady" went on to produce Am/Cdn Ch
Craigdale Ole' Rondi, both who figure
predomomintly in many pedigrees today
Craig , as a
maturing teenager , became more interested in
cars, etc. so it was left up to myself to carry
Craig did come out
of Dog Show retirement in the fall of 1998 at the
International Dog Show in Cloverdale B,C. to take
his Catahoula Leopard
Dog to BIS rare-breed
Much has happened to
me personally in the pass 25 years