Our family purchased our first Portuguese Water Dog Sadie from BigBay, Lorraine Wilson in 2008. We went with this breed as my husband and son had allergies to most dogs. With our research and meeting Lorraine’s dogs, we were impressed with the energy, joyfulness and intelligence of the breed and found it a perfect fit for our active family.
Lorraine became my mentor, friend and a fabulous trainer who introduced me to so many aspects of dog training including agility, rally and my number one love, WATER. There was nothing better than a group of us doing what we love and having fun with our dogs. This included many adventures and participating in water trails in the United States as well. So I not only fell in love with the breed I fell in love with all aspects of working with my dogs.
With Sadie she earned her Champion Title, we breed her, and out of her litter we welcomed Stella. Sadie and Stella taught us so much and every time we left our yard, they made it an adventure. The simple joy of a long walk or the exultation of earning titles and the value of their unconditional love speak volumes for my beloved girls, and family members.
Since Sadie and Stella we added Etta (BigBay At Last) to our family in 2019 and through very sad circumstances with the passing of our dear friend we added Billie (BigBay Lady Sings the Blues) and from recent litters, Pearl and Hazel. I am grateful for the Portuguese Water Dogs in my life, the friends I have met and for the mentorship of Carolynne Issa and the “LunaNova family”.
We have recently welcomed Tilly to the Endless River family, a beautiful Drewsar girl. This darling Drewsar pup is a beautiful representation of the Drewsar breeding program. We look forward to working with Drewsar putting a championship on Tilly who will be more formally known as "Drewsar DownEast Waltzing Matilda at EndlessRiver". Cannot wait for all the adventures that will come with my new relationship with Drewsar.
Our dogs/puppies are home raised and a part of our family. We start our puppies with Early Neurological Stimulation exercises from day 3-16 as well as Early Scent Introduction increasing nose awareness and confidence. We expose them to Whelping Box Novelty Item Exposure Activities and are well socialized through ongoing interaction with a range of people, dogs, and experiences. We provide the families with updates and pictures starting at birth to the day they go home. We provide training tips, handouts and a going home package and always a phone call away.
We temperament test our puppies to ensure the best match to your family and provide a written purchase/sale agreement that includes a health guarantee and comprehensive breeder support from the time the new puppy goes home and thereafter. We focus on temperament, health, trainability and true PWD character, fun loving, people oriented dogs who love to retrieve and play in the water! All puppies receive a thorough check by our veterinarian, are registered with the Canadian Kennel Club, have had a microchip implanted and have received their first set of vaccinations before going to their forever homes.
For information on upcoming litters and discuss the suitability of a Portuguese Water Dog for your family and to arrange a visit, please email. If you do not live in Ontario you can also find us several times a year in Gagetown, New Brunswick where we have family and a cottage.
Susan Vandenberg and family
Halton Hills, Ontario
Gagetown, New Brunswick
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