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My name is Annette and I live in Hampshire with my long suffering husband Jim who accepts the fact that he will always come last. We have 6 Spinoni (at the moment), 2 Barbet, and a Toy Poodle. Sadly we have recently lost our beautiful old Great Dane girl who got to the grand old age of almost 12. We live on a smallholding and also keep chickens, ducks and other 'farmyard' animals. We built our house in 2007 after living in a mobile home for 8 years, which as you can imagine was not easy with all the dogs living in with us. Anyway it was all worth it when we finally moved into our lovely new home.

I’ve been involved with and loved dogs and animals for as far back as I can remember and was always ‘rescuing’ waifs and strays and bringing them home, much to the annoyance of my parents. For the first few years of married life we didn’t have a dog but as soon as we were in a house with a garden we bought a beautiful white longcoat GSD from a lady called Francis Hill of the famed Loboas affix. Francis became and still is a very dear friend and has given me a huge amount of help and advice over the years. I lived with and bred GSD’s for around 15 years and got my kennel name ‘Netis’ which means ‘Trusted Friend’ in North American. I bred White, Black and Sable Shepherds and bred the 2nd litter in the country of Blues - the first litter being bred by Francis herself. I didn’t think I would ever change breeds until the fateful day when I saw a picture of a Spinone.

It was a couple of years later after buying a Dog World Annual at Crufts that I saw an advertisement from a Spinone breeder from Sussex. I phoned the number and spoke to Gael Stenton (Gaesten) and she invited us to go and meet her dogs and get more information on their needs etc. When we walked into her kitchen a few days later and looked into the faces of her beautiful Spins I knew I had to have one and was totally hooked.

We ended up getting an Orange Roan boy who we called Dillon and he was followed about a year later with a Brown Roan girl who we called Fara.

This was the start of my addiction of the wonderful world of Spinone.

An addiction that I hope never to cure!

 

 

"Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked
The good fortune to run into the ones I do
And the eyesight to know the difference
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