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This is our personal website. It is the platform where we can share our ideas about dogs and about dog's health. Not all pages on this website are in English, but when there is such a translated page, you will be notified with a link.
Health of our dogs is for us extremely important. Not only physical health, but also mental health. Shows are less imporatant, although in the past, we participated in a lot and now we are participating again to show the Lancashire Heelers to the public. The reason why health has our attention is that our first kuvasz had a very labile health condition. Also our other dogs over all these years, including our Lancashire Heelers, had all different kinds of health problems. It only stimulated me to share my ideas and experiences about health. It is my ideal to help dogs and their owners to prevent them to go through health issues that we experienced, but might have been prevented or aleviated.
My wife Trudi Willems initiated in 1998 our adventure with the Lancashire Heeler. She wanted a small dog in addition to our kuvaszes. Although she opted for a Havanese, we settled the deal with a Heeler. Trudi went to Crufts, fell in love and returned with Marple (Foxthyme Miss Marpeline). When she arrived with Marple at Schiphol Airport, I was Marple’s second victim… and she made a lot more.
We were so enthusiastic that we wanted a second Heeler bitch, which however became Foxthyme Captain Hastings, a dog. One and one is two, so we bred the first Heeler litter ever in the Netherlands in 2000. Sukelyas Bangle was the first puppy to be born and stayed at our place.
In the meantime, we started to promote the breed and to campaign for recognition of the breed in the Netherlands. Our activities were however severely frustrated by the fact that Marple was diagnosed with PLL grade 0. However, our enthusiasm and love for the breed never disappeared. We imported Geena (McHeel’s Geena-D), but we never got the opportunity to breed with her because of Trudi’s illness.
But with Trudi’s gradual improvement, we dared to import another bitch, Abby (Marmalade’s Dutch Diva). We also joined some people who again were going to try to get the breed recognized. The introduction of Abby to our pack went smoothly and with the recognition of the breed, Abby became our first showdog (handler Wendy Annijas). As we appeared to be able to handle new dogs, our pack was enlarged with Lynne (Bellsmond Kindred Spirit in 2011) and Cilla (Marmalade’s Lydia Black in 2013).
several attempts we were able to mate Abby in 2013. Just before this unexpected mating,
Lynne was mated, so we had two (king size) litters (5 puppies from Abby and 8
from Lynne) in october 2013. We kept Calli from Lynne's litter and she gave us a litter in February 2017 (Sire: Bob of the Seven Hills Country).
Our values in breeding are health and behaviour. We have experienced several problems in our dogs and our primary goal in breeding is to avoid these genetic problems. We can never be sure about health but the least we can do is try to do things right. The same is true for temperament. We try to socialize our puppies as good as possible.
- February 2017: Calli has a litter from Bogey (Bob of the Seven Hills Country): five dogs and one bitch. Despite our intentions, this bitch Eeyore now lives in Sweden.
- January 2017: Bangle passes away at the age of almost 17
- December 2016: Calli was mated to Bogey
- March 2016: Bangle becomes 16 years old
- July 2015: we found a new home for Daisy
- September-October 2014: Riemu (Marmalade's New Joy at Weordune) stayed at our place in her transition to the UK.
- August 2014: Chilly left for Japan
- October 2013: two litters born; Calli en Daisy stay
- 2013: Marple dies at the age of 15 1/2 years (June)
- 2013: Cilla arrives (May) together with her sister Fizz. Fizz leaves for the UK 7 weeks later.
- 2011: Lynne comes disturbing the household (April)
- 2009: Hastings dies of cancer (November)
- 2008: Abby enters the house (August)
- 2007: Cissi dies, over 11 years old, of cancer (December)
- 2004: Geena arrives (February)
- 2003: Cissi, kuvasz of 7 years without pedigree arrives
- 2001: Lyga passes away, over 11 years old (July)
- 2000: first litter of Heelers by Marple and Hastings; Bangle stays (March)
- 1999: Asvany passes away, over 11 years old (July)
- 1999: Hastings arrives (February)
- 1998: first Lancashire Heeler in the Netherlands, Marple (March)
- 1994: our PON Suki dies
- 1990: our first litter of kuvaszes from Asvany; Lyga stays
- 1988: second Kuvasz, Asvany
- 1987: Elya passes away, just 7 years old
- 1984: chairman FIC van KVN
- 1983: PON Suki arrives
- 1981: our first Kuvasz: Elya
Trudi Willems and Dick Koster