How we started with the Catahoula:
While on vacation aboard the Mississippi Queen paddleboat in 1989, we had the fortunate experience of meeting Mr. Justin Wilson, famous Cajun Chef of Louisiana. We became great friends, with regular trips to Louisiana to visit Justin. How could you not love a man who’s famous saying was “If it ain’t no fun, don’t do it!”?
At every visit we were asked if we were ready to get a REAL dog and take it to California. After receiving a phone call from Betty Ann Eaves, Justin’s longtime friend and neighbor, asking where we would like to have our Catahoula puppies shipped, what colors we wanted, and how many, compliments of Mr. Wilson we figured out that Justin was serious. A trip was planned to the NALC Nationals in Gonzales, Louisiana to check out the dogs firsthand.
While at the Nationals, I met Mike Lee of Lee’s Catahoulas and he had a beautiful blue leopard female puppy just 6 weeks old. It was love at first site, and Lee’s Hurricane Hanna flew home with me to California. She is the foundation of our kennel and a wonderful example of the Catahoula breed.
Thank-you, Mike Lee, for entrusting me with this awesome girl.
We are so thankful for the friendship we had with Justin, and for the help from Betty Ann in introducing us to this great breed of dog.
As Betty Ann has warned me from the beginning, “Catahoulas are a sickness, and there is no cure”!! As a result of this addiction, we have added a few wonderful dogs to our home. A beautiful male show puppy from Steve Young of El Dorado Catahoulas named Lazy Jake’s Jester and a female show prospect puppy from our recent Hanna x Hebert litter.