My involvement with owning, showing and breeding beagles started rather accidentally when I lived in Sydney during the 1980’s. My husband (Michael) and I lived in a unit and couldn’t have a pet but next door to us lived a tri colour beagle who would without fail come out to greet me each night as I was coming home from work. That beagle was such a happy little dog that I resolved when I could have a pet that it would be a beagle. In 1990 we moved to Brisbane and my resolve to own a beagle was just as strong and we purchased our first beagle puppy George (Aust Ch Kidsridge Georgie Porgie).
Neighbours who lived across the road and were involved in showing Dalmatians noticed George’s arrival and suggested showing him. I had never been to a dogshow before and wanted to find out what it was all about and went to my first show in March 1992 with George who was to become my first champion. George was followed by my foundation bitch Tina (Ch Filnor Carousel) and hence my involvement began. Since that time I have been regularly showing and breeding on a limited scale and now have a small pack of beagles (oldies and showdogs) at home. Looking after the oldies and ensuring that puppies are placed in caring homes with long term commitment is just as important if not more important to me than the showing aspect.
From limited breeding, I have bred 10 champions under the Brevari prefix (including 2 Grand Champions one of whom is also a National Beagle Council Award of Merit recipient Aust Gr Ch & NZ Ch Brevari Margeaux owned by my good friends Neil and Colleen Hudson, Jancintine, WA), 4 All Breeds Best in Show winners (Aust Gr Ch & NZ Ch Brevari Margeaux, Ch Brevari Dangerous Liason, Gr Ch Brevari Burnished and Ch Brevari Vintage Crop) and 2 Specialty Best in Show winners (Aust Gr Ch & NZ Ch Brevari Margeaux and Ch Brevari Dangerous Liason). I have also exported a beagle to Europe who has since become an international champion FCI (International Ch FCI Brevari Hidden Agenda litter brother to Ch Brevari Dangerous Liason). In addition to beagles I have bred and shown under the Brevari prefix, I have also shown many more beagles from other breeders to their championship titles.
Over the years I have enjoyed breeding and showing dogs in conjunction with other breeders and thank Neil & Colleen Hudson (Jancintine), Sandra Symons (Reesdale) and Alec & Jan Newton (Follyfoot, NZ) for their association. Of course, to finish off this brief history the last word must go to the beagles whose wonderful carefree attitude, intelligent inquisitiveness and cheerful nature is a constant source of amusement (and occasionally consternation) which we wouldn’t be without!