My entry into the world of purebred dogs began in 1996.  I was 12 years old and joined a local 4-H dog club, where I learned how to train and show my American Eskimo, Bianca.  In my first show at the Clackamas County Fair, I was awarded Best in Showmanship (thank you to the judge, the late David Krogh-who also finished Truffle's AKC Championship in 2016!) and never looked back!  Bianca and I had a short career together due to her advanced age (11 years old!) when I began showing her, and since I was entering high school and choosing a career, my newfound hobby was put on the back burner.  I was 18 years old when I got Jasmine and was introduced to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

Although Jasmine had two beautiful litters by Am/Can CH Hartscontent Who's McGwire, because of my commitment to college and pursuing my career in nursing, I was never able to keep a puppy of hers.  I did show her a couple of times in Veterans before she retired to the couch permanently!  In 2010 a series of serendipitous events allowed me to bring home Cailloux Fire Dancer, better known as Opal.  She is Jasmine's granddaughter, and my first show dog. 

Zelosia is a unique derivative of the word "celosia," which is a plant known for its beautiful blossoms.  The word "celosia" is greek and translates to "burning flower."  I wanted an affix for my cavaliers that honored both my foundation girls, my flower Jasmine and my little "Fire Opal."

"Opal" (GCH CH Cailloux Fire Dancer CA) enjoying lure coursing at nearly eight years old

"Opal" (GCH CH Cailloux Fire Dancer CA) enjoying lure coursing at nearly eight years old