Born and educated in Sydney, NSW Australia, my early interests were music, dancing and art. My first years of working life was spent as a Ticket Writer,
but retrenchment saw me return to college, where I gained my Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing Certificates. Since the age of two years,
dogs have always been a major part of my life, but it wasn’t until 1972 when my sister purchased a registered Silky puppy, which she named “Mickey”,
that my involvement with the sophisticated dog world began. The following year I purchased a Shetland Sheepdog, “Tiki” by name, the namesake of my
future kennel, Nantiki.
Mickey (Ch Waiton Carbon Copy) was an instant success in the show ring, always stealing the limelight. He won his first challenge at six months
and was titled at the tender age of ten months with a total of six challenges, two of which were Best Exhibit in Toy Group. An outstanding achievement
for one so young.
Tiki (Ch Narraglen Trail Boss UD) was my constant and ever faithful companion, who I trialled through to Utility Dog standard in obedience.
He was also the first Sheltie in Australia to gain a tracking qualification, although due to personal reasons we never completed this title.
He later went on to gain his breed Championship, finishing with Best Exhibit in Working Group.
My foundation bitches were Ch Pennanji Belinda and Waiton Lady Bump. Bred to Carbon Copy, Belinda produced my first home bred
Champion, Ch Nantiki Night Watch and from Lady Bump’s first litter I kept a dog, Ch Nantiki Nice N Tuff and litter sister, Nantiki Neat N Sweet.
It was from Neat N Sweet to Night Watch that my present lines evolved.
Over the years I have bred, exhibited and trialled both breeds under the Nantiki prefix with much success. A dedication to the wider appreciation
of the Australian Silky Terrier led to much research and personal contact with breeders throughout Australia and the world.
Australian literature on the Australian Silky Terrier was virtually non-existent, so I decided something must be done. While gathering information,
I edited and published The Australian Silky Terrier handbook in 1981. This gave me the confidence I needed to continue my research and slowly
my book took shape. The result was “Australian born, Australian Bred” – the Australian Silky Terrier.
I have now retired to the beautiful town of Narooma on the NSW south coast and although I no longer breed and exhibit my Shelties, I still enjoy
my Silky family and participate regularly in major events.
My dogs have won at Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart and Canberra Royal shows and Breed Specialty shows and I am proud to say that dogs
I have bred, have also been handled and exhibited successfully throughout Australia, as well as Sweden, Finland and Europe.