Local breeder takes top prize

Receiving more than 4,000 votes, a Cobble Hill Breeder has won the Canadian Kennel Club Pets Plus Us Top Canadian Breeder award.

Receiving more than 4,000 votes for the award, a Cobble Hill Breeder has won the Canadian Kennel Club Pets Plus Us Top Canadian Breeder award.

Bev Dorma of MistyTrails Havanese said she will donate her prize money to the B.C. Children’s Hospital’s Child Life pet visitation program, which supports the psychosocial needs of children and families in hospital by giving them opportunities to experience unconditional acceptance from the animals, relief from stress and worry, and a chance to normalize their activities, even for a short time.

Dorma said she chose the charity because of a relationship she’s built with Victoria’s Elise Schoenrank, who recently died at age 17 after a six-year battle with cancer.

“She was given her dream pup eight months ago, that served as a great distraction as she became bed ridden,” Dorma explained. The pooch Dorma gave her served as a therapy dog and spent countless hours at Shoenrank’s side atop her bed.

“The same puppy is now a great distraction to her devastated parents,” Dorma explained.

Dorma emphasized she raises dogs one litter at a time — “in someone’s kitchen, not in a barn or a basement,” and they are kept in homes, socialized and are well cared for.

“We breed show quality dogs, for companion pets. To be voted Canada’s Top Breeder is a huge honour. If we had more good breeders, we would have less rescue dogs,” she said.

To learn more about MistyTrails Havanese visit Facebook (MistyTrails Havanese) or www.elitehavanese.com on the web.