Ann got her first purebred dog at the age of 12. Jasmine was a Hungarian Puli. Bought as a future show prospect, she did not meet the height standard for the breed, so Ann focused on obedience competition. Jasmine received her Canadian and American CD title and was High in Trial at the U.S.A. Puli National. After Jasmine, Anji joined the pack. She became the foundation bitch for Windkist Kennels. She was a Canadian Champion. She was the first owner handled and the first bitch Puli to win a Best in Show in Canada. Ann worked extensively with a local professional handler and in 2001 moved to Oklahoma to apprentice with Brenda Combs, a top ranked professional handler. Here she learned many grooming and handling skills.
In 2001, she attended the U.S.A. Puli National in Portland. Here she won Winners Bitch, Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite Sex on her homebred bitch Skid. This finished Skid’s American Championship. Skid went on to win a Canadian Best in Show, making her the second Puli bitch to do so in Canada (after her mother Anji) and the first Breeder/Owner handled Best in Show on a Puli in Canada.
Once back in Canada, Ann attended the University of Alberta and completed a Bachelor of Commerce. She has worked for multiple companies, and has experience with the many financial aspects of running a business. She has experience in both public and private accounting. She was employed with North West Paving Ltd. for almost eight years ultimately working up to the Controller position. Prior to that she gained experience in the public accounting sector, working for Tober Hembling Callihoo LLP Chartered Accountants for several years.
Ann has been actively breeding Hungarian Pulik for 18 years. She is the only breeder of this breed in Western Canada. She has been teaching show handling classes for 10 years. Many of her students have gone on to win in the show ring.