The Beginnings . . .
As a youngster, my family
ALWAYS had dogs. Naturally, I HAD to have at least one as an adult. I
got my first “rescue” when I was in college. My last one, Mariah, went to the
Rainbow Bridge when she was 18. Until several years ago, we had adopted
Humane Society dogs. They were good dogs and we loved them to pieces.
But, after a friend of mine got her Maltese in Arizona, I was immediately
smitten, so I had to have one of my own. I won’t tell you what a bad
example of the breed he was, but we loved
Bennigan to death despite his faults! He was
my pride and joy, smart and loving. As I learned about the breed, I
discovered his many conformation “issues,” so I had him neutered, and he
is now doted upon by a widow with no children of her own. I got to see
him on a regular basis as he came for frequent visits prior to our move to
We immediately fell in love
(Brie-Brie) pictured above in our banner on this page. She was acquired
from Jane Bowers, a breeder in New York who has since passed away, and
became the apple of my eye. As my foundation bitch, she’s been terrific
to me. Having given me four beautiful bitch puppies, I ended up having
her spayed as she needed to have the last two litters via C-section, and I
promised her that she would never have to do that again. This is the one
little girl that I am entirely TOO attached to!
Somewhere along the line, I
encountered a handler who turned me on to a show dog. To make a long
story short, this show bitch didn’t work out. .
. neither did the handler, so I ended up with neither. Nevertheless, I
was hooked! Dog show fever had struck!
I first met Bobbie Linden (Bhe-Jei
Maltese) when I signed up for an internet discussion list. Having
listened patiently to my travails with my “handler” and the agonies I had
endured trying to get my first show dog, she told me about
Glynnette Cass (Wesglyn
Maltese) and Shelby Stevens (Kibet's
Yorkies & Maltese) in South Florida who had
this boy who looked good. Bobbie had seen him while visiting
Glynnette and attending the Miami Maltese Club
Specialty. Having vowed never again to buy a show dog sight unseen, I
made arrangements to meet Bobbie in Atlanta where
Glynnette would be showing Jack. Well, he
didn’t win that weekend, but I fell in love. He was gorgeous, with a
table flat topline, nice silky coat and
beautiful black points; and I loved Glynnette,
so I decided on the spot that this is the dog I wanted. It was a great
decision, for I became fast friends with Glynnette
and her breeding partner, Shelby Stevens who has seen me through many,
many “crises” with never-ending patience and guidance.
I will always be grateful to Bobbie for
introducing me to these wonderful people.
My First Champion Stud Dog, Kibet’s
Jack the Ripper
CH Kibet's Jack The Ripper
"Jack" finished in one month, start to finish,
from the time he began his show career. I had always been told that one
should begin with a bitch because one can always “buy sperm.” Generally
that’s true, but here I was with Jack. As it turned out, he has been a
wonderful dog, with “golden sperm,” for as of this date he has thrown
three times as many bitch pups as he has males. Not only have they been
charming little girls, they have been wonderful.
Little did I know that when I
bought Jack, he came with his breeders, Shelby and
Glynnette. What a deal that was! I couldn’t be happier! They
have been a god-send to me as they mentored the “newbie”
through the various travails that are inevitable as one starts out.
Our First Litter
CH. TaLin's Ringin' In the New (Darby) is my first homebred champion. We were so proud of
Darby when she made her debut at the Harrisburg National Specialty,
placing her first time in the ring at the age of 8 months, when all I was
hoping for was that she’d WALK!
that year at the Cleveland Classic, Darby won her first point IN SPITE
OF the person on the other end of the lead, me!
I can look
back and laugh, but I did learn one very
important thing. I do NOT like it in there. I will leave that to my
friend and handler, Glynnette. She and her
daughter Lesley are wonderful in the ring…a joy to watch!
Program Continues To Develop
her first points and a Best of Breed from the classes at the Ravenna shows
in August 1999, handled by my friend, Bobbie Linden.
She’s a beautiful little bitch, but she surely didn’t like the lead
on the “correct” side of her neck! Cherokee finished in Manatee, shown by
Glynnette Cass after our move to Florida. To
date, she is the ONLY dog of mine I have personally SEEN finish! What a
thrill that was!
Now we have CH.
Wesglyn Say Good-night Gracie,
Mama Cass, CH.TaLin’ s Hopelessly Devoted
(Hope) and Gracie’s son, CH. Wesglyn Just
Toyin’ Around, Too. Soon we will have two
more "debutantes" in the ring....more to come on those beautiful girls!
Off We Go To
Somewhere along with
falling in love with Maltese we also fell in love with Florida. We
recently moved from the cold winters of Ohio to Brandon Florida, a suburb
of Tampa. This has given us more room to enjoy the beautiful warm weather
as we pursue the love of our little white dogs. Florida is a paradise
with some of the stiffest competition in Maltese in the country! I am
extremely happy to go head to head with these beautiful dogs.
I have never had
lofty aspirations of wanting to be “breeder of the year,” own the “stud
dog of the year,” or sell the most puppies of anyone. When someone thinks
of TaLin Maltese, what I am hoping is that
they will say, “They breed beautiful, sweet, loving dogs.” We breed here
for that certain look, temperament, coat and structure. Healthy, happy,
well-socialized little beauties are our goal! We don’t breed often, but
we do love having puppies around!
No introduction would be
complete without a word of thanks to those who have helped us most and
continue to do so. Thank you my friends Glynnette and Shelby; and to my
late friend, Bobbie, you will always be fondly remembered for all you
have given to me and to the world of Maltese. We love you, our