I was born in Collingwood, a suburb of the State of Victoria. Bob was born in Kensington, a suburb of the State of South Australia.
We met purely by chance when Bob who at the time was a merchant seaman landed in Melbourne on leave suffering from tonsillitis. We hit if off immediately and soon after I left Melbourne to move to Adelaide to be closer to Bob.
We married in our mid teens and have remained living in the state of Adelaide ever since my first trip over. I now consider myself to be an Adelaidian although I regularly travel back and forth to Melbourne to visit family and for dog shows.
Bob left the merchant navy and became a fireman, a job that he enjoyed and remained in for 30 years. He has since retired.
We have four children; Donna, Cherie, Corina and Shane. The three girls are married and have children of their own. They have presented us with Rebecca, Zac, Jarred, Nathan, Jake, Rhianan,and Adam our seven grandchildren. Our Son Shane is now the proud father of Alex & Kane.
My interest in dogs began when I was a little girl.
I used to beg my Grandmother who raised me to let me show my dog. It wasn't until Bob and I settled down that we started our kennels with Australian Cattle Dogs in 1968- our one true love.
Unfortunately our very first Australian Cattle Dog met with an untimely death and we then had to wait until 1970 before we could become the proud owner of CH Lenthel Wanda CD. This was where it all began for us. Not only did we take this dog through to his championship title, we were also keen to do more and so we took this dog through to his obedience title. We also had Ch. Lenthel Zepherine which Bob trained.
It was not long before the bug of breeding took hold and we mated this dog to Cornfield Blue Gay. However, it was not until we purchased CH.Lenthel Flaming Star, titled her, and mated her to CH. Galwarri Red Flare that things really started to happen for Landmaster Kennels. Up until this point we had experienced success but not on the scale that was about to overtake us with the very successful CH Landmaster U' Sundowner, "Sunny".
Sunny was one of those dogs that you dream of breeding and owning.
He was of course very spoilt spending his nights on the bed with us and his days running around the house. Sunny was also a dream in the show ring. It never mattered what breed a person had when they saw Sunny they instantly recognised his Star quality and his personality and desire to win. Sunny always knew when he won and to win and please us was his ultimate goal.
Sunny won eighteen Best In Shows at All Breeds Championship shows, eighteen Opposite Sex or Runner-Up-In Shows at All Breeds Championship shows. He was Best In Show at many Specialty shows. In 1978 when Sunny was twenty-two months of age he was Best Exhibit in Group five (working dog ring) and then went on to be Opposite Sex in Show at the Melbourne Royal Show which had a record entry of 7397 dogs.
At over eleven years of age Sunny was shown for the last time at Adelaide Royal where he was Best Of Breed and was pulled out for the group. The following week at a large All Breeds Championship show he won Best in Show. We decided to retire him while we were both still enjoying it and he was winning. Sunny still enjoyed the shows as a spectator watching his progeny follow in his footsteps. I believe that Sunny could have been shown until the day he died, as he was as fit as a fiddle and in perfect condition, few people actually believed his true age.
Our days are filled with running the All Pets Boarding Village. This is the largest boarding facility in South Australia. We can accommodate up to 100 dogs and 150 cats at any one time. At Christmas we are usually full to capacity and unfortunately have to turn customers away. This is of course the busiest time of year for us. We have stated that we will board any animals except snakes and spiders. In this capacity we have had dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, turtles, fish, mice, budgerigars, galahs, sulphur crested cockatoos, etc.
We are also kept busy with Landmaster Australian Cattle Dogs. At present we have 12 Australian Cattle Dogs and two cats a sulphur-crested cockatoo and a variety of other birds as our family pets.
Our nights are just as busy,- when not doing council work, Bob is studying for his end of year exams. Bob has passed to judge 4 Groups so far and I am an All Breeds Judge.
We have owned other breeds during the years but have always stayed with the Australian Cattle dogs. We have had a Miniature Schnauzer, a Jack Russell Terrier, an Australian Terrier, an Australian Kelpie, a Shiba Inu and Border Collies. We have shown many breeds of dogs for friends and other people.