Our kennel Schiehallion (pronounced she-hally-on) is owned by myself and my daughter Lindsey. The name Schiehallion is an anglicised form of the Gaelic name Sìdh Chailleann, which translates as "Fairy Hill of the Caledonians". The mountain Schiehallion lies between Loch Tay, Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) to the west-north-west of Aberfeldy in Perthshire. The mountain, with an elevation of 3,553 feet (1,083 metres), is isolated from other peaks and has an almost perfectly conical shape from the west. The view of the broad eastern flank attracts many visitors to the shores of Loch Tummel. Schiehallion is sometimes described as the centre of Scotland.
As a family we moved from Scotland to New Zealand in 2002 living firstly in the Bay of Plenty and then moving to the South Waikato. We have a small lifestyle block, enough for us and the dogs, which is situated in the middle of a dairy farm and about 15 minutes from our nearest village which is Tirau.
We made the move to NZ with our 3 Irish Setters. Over the years we have owned Border collies, Irish Setters, Labradors and Retrievers. I had discovered the Leonberger breed in the 1990’s however it was not the right time for us to own one of these beautiful dogs but I knew that one day I would.
Teal’c came into our lives in 2003 and was quickly followed by Tokra who was our Foundation bitch. The rest, as they say is History! We bred our first litter – The River Litter – in 2006 and have gone onto have several more. We are not prolific breeders as we breed to keep a puppy for ourselves and not just because we can.
My daughter and I also own and show Weimaraners. This makes for interesting times at our house as they are very different breeds of dogs with different needs and wants but to the testimony of both breeds we do have harmony – well most of the time anyway!
Showing is our hobby and both Lindsey and I show our dogs, and we also show for other people.