Hello fellow members, Leonberger owners and admirers, my name is June Ward and I am President of the Leonberger Club of Canada.
I would like to introduce myself to you. Some of you already know me, or know of me, from my work in draft/carting and water rescue, as I am both an instructor and a CKC judge.
I was part of the founding CKC Draft committee when the sport was opened up to all breeds. I am presently and have been the Zone 6 (Ontario West) Draft Dog Rep for the CKC since 2002. I have judged draft tests in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. These tests have been run by the Bernese clubs and the Newfoundland dog clubs. I also teach and judge water rescue which at this time is only available to Newfoundlands. I would like to see this changed as Draft Dog was also “Newfoundland’s Only” before I got involved and that has now changed so that all breeds can participate.
I have bred, shown, and trained Bernese Mountain Dogs since 1989. This breed is quite often linked to Leonbergers, and that is how I met my first Leo. Leos became part of my life and into my household in 2004. I had my first litter of Leos in 2006.
I live in Hillsburgh, Ontario in a big old house that has become owned and renovated by my dogs. Presently I have three Berners living with me Quincy, Reese, and the newest member Ronnie.
I currently own 3 Leonbergers. Miss Tango (Ch. Orovale’s Flash dance CGN TT) From her first litter I kept Aubrey (Ch. Kumnc My Sweet Marie CGN TT). From her last litter I now have Kumnc Tango’s Czech Girl Xena.
I currently belong to 7 clubs, National and Regional clubs for Leonberger’s, Bernese Mountain Dog’s, and Newfoundland’s. I have served on numerous club executive boards in the positions of president, treasurer, secretary and director. I am also a member in good standing with the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club). As well as being a certified CGN (Canine Good Neighbour) evaluator.
So what have we been up to?
The Leonberger Club of Canada held our first National Specialty event in 2013 at the Victoria County shows followed by our second National Specialty held in 2015 at the Erie Shores shows. Our 2016 National Specialty is set for this June in conjunction with the Erie Shores. We also have Booster events when we can with some of the All Breed clubs.
For the past few years, we have been encouraging the members to get together and celebrate Leonberger Day in Canada by getting out with their Leo’s and friends and going for walks or other outdoor activities. We have been holding Leonberger Day in Canada on the 3rd Sunday of February, but may make a change to this date due to our Canadian winter temperatures. More to come on this!
Our newsletter is always looking for content – please send in articles, photo’s and brags of your Leo and their accomplishments so that we can share them with everyone.
If you have any suggestions, ideas, event info you would like to share, get in touch with any board member. Help us make this club what you want!
President, Leonberger Club of Canada