I have been involved with the Bergamasco breed since 2004. My first (and beloved) Bergamasco Lothario, came to me from Donna at Silver Pastori. I lived in Nova Scotia, Canada on a goat farm at the time. My deep passion for this breed began there. During a time when I had almost no access to the internet, the Bergamasco seemed even more elusive. One year after Lothario came, I knew that he needed a mate and I imported Mezza from England. Mezza came to me from Reyna Knight. The two of them were the foundation of our kennel.
In 2007 they had their first litter together, the first Bergamasco litter born in Nova Scotia. I moved back to the USA with that entire litter of 10 puppies in the car and all the adults (I had a Springer Spaniel, a Cattle Dog mix and another Bergamasco as well) It was an insane trip, but I remember the puppies being such good little adventurers.
Anthea, the female we kept from that first litter, went on to breed a few wonderful litters here in the U.S. Upon my return to the U.S., I settled in the state of Connecticut in beautiful New England. With access to other breeders and shows I became very involved in all aspects of the breed. I showed in ARBA, NAKC and in AKC during before the Bergamasco became an AKC FSS breed. I worked extensively with Donna DeFalcis over the years and served as the Vice-President of the Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America (BSCA) for many years.
During this time, we (my husband and I) imported Amira from Germany and have continued breeding and showing. We took a more serious interest in herding while Amira was very young and have since spent many years learning about the intricacies of tending sheep. We are dedicated to preserving this ability in our dogs and providing them with the appropriate training.
In 2015 the Bergamasco became fully AKC recognized. We became very involved in exhibiting and participating in AKC events. In 2017 I was elected President of the Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America and have worked with the club board to ensure that the BSCA would attain parent club status. I am thrilled to announce that this has been granted. I also serve as one of the AKC Judge educators and mentors. Recently, Joe and I have been working together on the “The Bergamasco Companion” magazine as Editor and Designer. We are so proud of this publication which ties all of the dogs and people in the Bergamasco community together.
Through my breedings and involvements in the Bergamasco world, I have made rewarding friendships and connections with people who are passionate about Bergamascos and their wonderful dogs.
We currently live with five Bergamascos, Norwegian Fjords horses, Nubian goats and chickens on our hobby farm. My devotion and passion for this special breed is a life long journey.
I would like to share my gratitude to Donna DeFalcis for her support and trust throughout the years.