Integrity

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Monday, January 11, 2010 Under: Dunham Lake Monthly News

Every year I look at the mission statement of Dunham Lake Aussies and make sure it still supports our goals which are to raise healthy, sound temperament Australian Terriers for show or companion homes.  2009 has been a wonderful and interesting year in many ways.  In the Aussie world in which we are involved, by our peers, we have been challenged, harrassed, loved, stalked, included, excluded, welcomed, ignored, highly encouraged, commended and supported. Quite the range of experiences! Thankfully, by far our experiences were off the chart positive!

We have decided that our Mission Statement did need some adjusting, what was missing was a small but very powerful word that helps to define us as a a family and as a breeder that word is "integrity".  The word integrity is defined as:

 
1. possession of firm principles: the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards.

2. completeness: the state of being complete or undivided.

3. wholeness: the state of being sound or undamaged.

We have very high standards for ourselves and our breeding program.  We do not cut corners, breed out of convenience  over breed our females or allow our dog to exercise his desires as a dog.
 
Over-breeding is not good for any breed.
 
Everything we do is very managed, controlled and planned.  People we associate with are only those who have the same standards. There are many!

When I look at our new litter I can see the results that come from breeding with integrity. This litter is exceptional.  They are all show prospects and in a few weeks we will know more certain.  All of these puppies are beautiful, healthy and are what we had expected.


By adding this small but significant word to our Mission Statement, we think it tells others what defines our breeding program and why we have been successful in making friends in this breed, showing, breeding and raising healthy, sound Australian Terriers for us and for others.

In : Dunham Lake Monthly News 


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Breeder of Merit


Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa