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."