Just a little about me, and perhaps you will understand how I came to breed multiple dog breeds for over 35 years! I grew up with all different breeds, from German Shepherd to Chihuahuas, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Poodles, and Shih Tzu's. When I was young, my Granny had the prettiest bright red Shih Tzu, who sadly passed away. This led to me getting her a beautiful new Shih Tzu, which she bred and gave me my pick of the litter puppy. This is how the journey began.
Years later my husband and I had a Toy Poodle, who remained in good health and lived to be 19! Throughout the years, we acquired a Golden Retriever who became a lovely member of our family, Bubba. He since passed away, but not before teaching us we cannot live without a Golden! I showed Goldens for a short time, and I am proud to say that I have some of the top Champion Pedigrees in the country!
Several Shiba Inu came to us in a desperate need for new homes. We had never heard of the breed but became very quickly enamored with it and decided to start researching and then showing this particular breed.
We learned as much as we could about the different breeds we own, show some of them, others are shown with handlers and decided that we were going to continue owning more than two breeds. I have finished quite a few Champions not only of one breed, but several breeds, and I will continue to show provided that my health remains stable.
Some years ago a friend gave me a Japanese Chin (KiKi), who had an excellent pedigree. Eventually, we bred her and got one very nice black/white boy puppy, named Keanu Reeves. His first show was in Greenville SC in 2005. Keanu had only been our lap dog but he took to the show classes like a true Champion. He is now retired and lives with a close friend. After him, came Showboat's Moonlight Herculease, a male who has finished AKC Championship, Bahama, INT, UKC, and many foreign titles as well. He is also now retired and living wiht his handler.
I had a friend, who imported several Coton de Tulear from Madagascar and shows them in Rare Breed Clubs. She convinced me that I would fall in love with this breed, and she was correct. I now own several Cotons, who are registered as Foundation Stock with the American Kennel Club they are now Fully recognized with AKC. We now own the Number One and Number Two Cotons in United Kennel Club and also own 2 Int, Multi Grand Champions.
Oh before I forget it, have a look at some of the work my dogs have done in commercials, movies, and printed advertising! My gratitude goes to Senia Phillips of Southern Animal Talent Agency in Atlanta for getting my dogs started!
AKC Grand Champion and Champion Show Pictures
Movie Work & Celebrity Adoptions
David Duchoviny, Deborah Howington, & Showboat Kennels' Mr. Apollo (Coton de Tulear) on 'The Joneses'
Kevin Costner, Deborah Howington, & Showboat Kennels' Marmolade (cat) on 'New Daughter'
(Top) Gary Cole, Deborah Howington, & Showboat Kennels' Mr. Apollo (Coton de Tulear) on 'The Joneses'
(Bottom) Tricia & Travis Tritt buying a Shiba Inu puppy from Showboat Kennels