Patty joined Sammamish in the Spring of 2000.
My mother says it is in my genes. But for as long I can remember, I have loved dogs. In the early 1980s, to keep me from becoming a workaholic, I decided I would try showing dogs as a hobby. After studying various breeds, I chose the Borzoi.
My first Borzoi was a rescue from the local humane society. Falling in love with him, I got my first show Borzoi from Nonsuch Borzoi in Wisconsin. Since then I have continued to compete and breed under the kennel name Zooropa Borzoi – having owned and bred many champions, group winners, and specialty winners.
I have had many memorable experiences showing dogs. Hot Rod who I co-bred and co-own with Jan Leikam was my first big winner. “Hottie” was the #1 Borzoi in Canada in 2003 and winner of the Borzoi Canada National that same year. Since then my “Fidget”, who was co-bred by Monica Barry and Jan Leikam, was named the 2003 Borzoi Club of America (BCOA) Reserve Winners Bitch at just seven months old. Fidget has produced two lovely litters for me and her daughter “Wynn” from her most recent litter won the 2009 National Futurity followed by her being put up as the 2010 BCOA Winners Bitch and then this past year (2011) as a BCOA Award of Merit winner. “Wynn” is also my first Grand Champion!
Recently I have ventured out and become a co-owner with Rusty and Dave Kingery and Jan Leikam of a Scottish Deerhound – “Q”. The Deerhound is a breed that I have always admired.
I am a member of the Puget Sound Borzoi Club, am currently serving as Treasurer and Vendor Chair for Sammamish Kennel Club, and am a member of and 2012 National Specialty Vendor Chair for the Borzoi Club of America.