Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, June 12th, 2017

There are tons of new videos and photos of the C and D Litters on the Tipping Point SmugMug page -- go check it out!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Recently, another genetic marker for a disease affecting the Leonberger has been found.  The Leonberger Health Foundation, on which I am honored to serve as Vice President, is proud to have supported the efforts of the University of Minnesota to find LPN1, LPN2, and now LEMP.  The LHF will continue to support research in genetic testing in hopes of providing breeders with every tool available to giving our beloved breed its best chance at a long and healthy life.

However, sometimes the addition of a new, and maybe not yet well understood, test can send an entire breeding community into hysterics. With time and knowledge, the dust will settle and everyone will remember that genetic testing is just that - a tool.  One which we are blessed to have.

Longtime Australian Shepherd breeder and contributor to the Institute of Canine Biology, C.A. Sharp, wrote a great article about how to best use genetic testing as a tool without condemning a part of an already small breeding population.  The article can be found here:  Bad Genes, Babies & Bathwater.

From the University of Minnesota:
LEMP is a partially penetrant autosomal recessive disease. Autosomal recessive means that two copies of the mutation are required to show signs of disease; partially penetrant means that among genetically affected dogs (D/D) not all will show obvious clinical signs in their lifetime.  N/N and D/N dogs do not develop the LEMP disease.

LEMP D/D dogs should not be used for breeding.  We do not recommend exclusion of LEMP carrier (D/N) dogs from the breeding pool. Within each mating pair, at least one parent should be LEMP (N/N).

A direct quote made by Katie Minor of UofM on her Facebook page:
The point of genetic testing should be to keep as many dogs as possible in the breeding population without producing disease. 

For more information on the genetic disease called LEMP, click here. 

I have received results of the LEMP genetic test for my current breeding stock.  Zippo, Cinder, Venture, and Bryn all have two clear alleles for the gene (N/N). Their test results will be up on OFA by mid-summer. In the meantime, copies of the documents for each of my dogs can be seen below and found in their gallery on the Tipping Point SmugMug page.





"I did then what I knew how to do.  Now that I know better, I do better."
Maya Angelou

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

There is not much better than puppy breath . . . .

(Click on the photo to follow a link to the Litter Galleries.)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Venture is confirmed pregnant with Zippo!!  Puppies are due the first week of May.  

More information and a Puppy Application can be found on the Puppy Plans page of this website.  Please contact me at if you are interested in a puppy from this litter.  

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

These two had a super show weekend in Fort Worth!

Zippo (Fiva's Zokrates) was Best of Winners/Winners Dog both days for back-to-back 4 point majors, AND he finished his AKC Championship!!  Zippo is co-owned by myself, Wendy Jones, and Victoria Wildering.  He was expertly handled by Holly Leftwich.

Cinder (Wildering's Too Hot For You) was Best of Opposite/Winners Bitch on Saturday for a 5 point major!!  She is co-owned by myself and Wendy Jones.

More pics to come :).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

We had another fun show weekend, this time in Midland, Texas ~

  • Zippo took Best of Breed both days, expertly handled by Holly Leftwich.
  • Cinder was Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex on Saturday and Reserve Winners Bitch on Sunday.
  • No love from the judges for Venture this weekend, but lots of it from me <3.

Fiva's Zokrates "Zippo" with Holly Leftwich PHA

Wildering's Too Hot For You "Cinder"

TippingPoint's Adventure "Venture" with Liz

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6th, 2017

We had a good weekend at the Hobbs KC Show.  This was Zippo's first show in the U.S. and he came away with his first major win, despite being out of coat!  Cinder also earned her first AKC points, and Venture got her second major and is now only three singles away from her CH!

Our results were as follows:

Wildering's Too Hot For You "Cinder" was Best of Opposite, Best of Winners, Winners Bitch from the 9-12 month old class.
Fiva's Zokrates "Zippo" was Winners Dog from the Open class.
TippingPoint's Adventure "Venture" was Reserve Winners Bitch from the Open class.

Venture was Best of Opposite and Winners Bitch from the Open class.
Zippo was Best of Winners and Winners Dog from the Open class.
Cinder was Reserve Winners Bitch from the 9-12 month old class.

Cinder, Venture, Zippo