I was born into
the world of dogs 70 years ago, having a mother and
grandmother who both owned show kennels. I bred my
first litter of Boston Terriers at age 11 and grew up
wanting to have a kennel of my own: My mother and
grandmother loved St Bernards, so I carried on
with the giants, seriously breeding/finishing many
champions with my husband, a licensed AKC handler, for
about 30 years. My youngest daughter, Destre, and I also
bred some top winning Bichons. I became interested
in Cavaliers in the 70's but did not own any of the
darling toys until Destre was a teenager. I worked for
an airline and we traveled frequently to Cavalier shows
in USA and Canada. My daughter's interest in Cavaliers
was always overshadowed by her passion for Bichons, so
Cavaliers became my breed when I could no longer handle
now my life. My husband and I cannot say enough good
about them. The breed is the most precious we have ever
owned. Our dogs give us much pleasure and joy daily.
CASTLEKEEP CAVALIERS may be seen at most shows in
and around Atlanta, although our dogs travel to other
states as well. Today, I use handlers to show my dogs,
but once in awhile I go into the ring and hobble round
with a puppy Cavalier, just to have fun. I get a kick
out of finishing champions.
My heartfelt thanks to my best friend, Julie Howard, a
professional handler-dog trainer extraordinaire, for
being my partner in breeding many AKC champions of
record. I have known Julie since she was a kid.
Julie bought her first Saint Bernard from me, doing
exactly what I told her to do, finishing her "Peer"
in the stiffest competition. Julie and I went on to
breed and finish quality dogs together. Julie and
I co-bred and finished dozens of champions in
partnership: St. Bernards, Bichon Frise and
Cavaliers. I could not have had much of my success
during this time without her.
Together with my
husband and daughters, Destre and Dawn,
and friends, Julie Howard and Cindy Deloache, we have finished over 200
AKC champions of records, mostly homebreds.
Heartfelt thanks to
Cindy Deloache, a lovely lady who came to my aid
before she ever knew me, helping me in more ways
than one. Cindy and I now own champions
together. I am forever grateful to her for being
not least, my deepest appreciation to my
wonderful, talented breeder friends in England
who have been kind and helpful to me, sending me
some of their most magnificent Cavaliers.
Charterwood, Moonvale, Clockpelters, Toraylac.
These lovely ladies are forever in my thoughts,
each time I look at my beautiful dogs.
NEW LOCATION Marlene Anderson Castlekeep Cavaliers
8200 W. Orangewood Ave. Glendale, AZ
770-963-0333 (9am - 11pm MOUNTAIN TIME/ARIZONA) USA
Dawn C. Campbell
Flagstaff, Arizona (2.5 hours N. of