|A Lifelong Infatuation
We are Barb Bristol and Ronnie Wilson.
Barb grew up with dogs of many different breeds, but got her first Great Dane in 1975. She took that dog to college with her, and has never been without a Dane since. She began showing in Obedience in 1983, and has put obedience titles on several different dogs of different breeds. She has volunteered with many different Rescue organization over the years, and has fostered over 50 homeless Great Danes in her home since the early 1990s (one at a time, of course!). She became involved in Animal Assisted Therapy in 1989 through Paws Across Texas and that activity - extremely worthwhile in its own right - led to her current career in Occupational Therapy. She also met her husband Ronnie in PAT. Dogs have truly changed her life!
One dog who particularly changed Barb's life was Patience (pictured to the right). Barb and Patience first met when Barb fostered her for Dane Rescue. After about 5 minutes Barb knew that Patience had found her Forever home right there! She was the first (hopefully not the last) of Barb's dogs to earn the advanced obedience title "Utility Dog". Patience made history in 2005 when she came out of retirement to earn the ultimate Rally title of "Rally Advanced Excellent". She was the first Great Dane in the U.S., the first dog of any breed in Texas and only the 8th dog of any breed in the entire country to do so. And she was over 10 years old at the time!
Barb enjoys all types of canine activities, but devotes most of her time to training her dogs in Obedience, Rally, Nosework and Agility, and teaching training classes with Metro All Breed Obedience Club and PAWS Agility
A New Chapter
Ronnie has had Saint Bernards for 20+ years, and has showed them in conformation, obedience and draft. He is still active in our local Saint club, as well as a member of the Saint Bernard club of America. Since he and Barb got married he has been a willing convert to Great Danes (although we'll probably get another Saint one of these days!) and enjoys handling them in conformation and agility. He does a wonderful job with the dogs - Kinsey not only finished her Championship entirely owner-handled by Ronnie, but they made it into the National Top 20 for the first part of 2005 before motherhood kept Kinsey out of the show ring.
Ronnie then handled 4 of Kinsey's offspring, and two of her grandchildren to their AKC championships. He also ran Kinsey and Teddy in Agility.
We currently share our home with:
"Kinsey" - Ch. Calypso's Vrroom With A View, RN, NA, MXJ, OF, NJP, NFP, GDCA Hall of Fame
and two of Kinsey's five kids:
"Topper" - Ch. Symmetry's Vrroom At The Top, CGC
"Teddy" - Ch. Symmetry's Make Vrroom For Daddy, RAE, NAJ, NF
and our newest addition:
"Dakota" Ch. Calypso's Get Me Outta Dodge, NAP, NJP. She is Kinsey's granddaugther, her father is Keeper (see below) and she was bred by Vicki Monson.
Our extended family
Kinsey's puppies were called the "KinseyHams" because their father is named Hammer (Ch. Jonor's Golden Hammer, CD, RE) There were 5 of them, and the other three puppies make up our extended family even though they don't live with us. Like any responsible breeder, we stay in touch with everyone who buys a pup from us, and we are fortunate that found such wonderful people to love these dogs!
"Keeper" - Ch. Symmetry's No Vrroom At The Inn, CD, RA
"Gus" - Ch. Symmetry's Vrroom To Grow, CGC
And "Buck" - Symmetry's Trophy Vrroom.