My name is Crystal Nolen and I am a web developer with 17 years of experience. I have lived with and loved animals my entire life, but, in my early teens, dogs became my main focus. I started working for a golden retriever breeder and brought home my first golden, Princess in 1991 (I was 13 years old) and got my first show dog, a golden named Brooke in 1993. Between 1996 and 2007, I owned several more goldens and co-bred several litters that produced two AKC Champions, a UKC Champion, an International champion and an obedience and agility-titled golden.
In 2003, I got a boxer named Raiden and I briefly showed him from 2004-2006. Raiden and I earned his CGC title in June 2007. We fostered nine boxers and one welsh springer spaniel in 2008 and 2009.
My Introduction to Welsh Springer Spaniels
I purchased my first welshie, Tucker, AKC GCH CH/U-CH Mystic Acres Kung Fu Fighting BN, RN, CHIC from Keith and Carla Vooris, Mystic Acres WSS in 2007 and he started his show career in 2008.
In 2010, Tucker became my first AKC and UKC Champion. Since then, Tucker has also gotten my first obedience and rally titles, as well as, attaining his grand champion title.
In 2010 and 2011, we acquired two more welsh springer spaniels, Tucker's niece, Leeloo and his daughter, Jasmine. Leeloo became my second AKC champion in July 2012. Jasmine finished her AKC championship in April 2014.
Leeloo's daughter, Murphy (formally Penny) finished her championship in August 2014 from the 9-12 puppy class. She is my fourth welshie champion and my first home-bred champion. I am learning more about tracking, nose work, obedience, rally, agility and hunting with my dogs.
I am a member in good standing of the:
- Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America (WSSCA),
- Dogwood Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of Greater Atlanta (DWSSCGA),
- Greater Chesapeake Welsh Springer Spaniel Club (GCWSSC), and
I have always enjoyed serving dog clubs and rescues where I can and I am currently:
- the Corresponding Secretary for Greater Chesapeake Welsh Springer Spaniel Club
- the administrator of the Facebook page for Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America
In 2014, I won the:
- AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award
- Silver President's Volunteer Service Award
Health Testing Practices
It is my policy to thoroughly health test all of my dogs and we require anyone who buys a puppy from us to do the same. Read my Puppy Information page for more details on the tests required for WSS.
Tucker, Leeloo and Jasmine have completed all of their required health tests and received their CHIC numbers. My first litter recently started their health testing with OFA eye exams and their remaining health tests will be completed when they are old enough.
~ Roger Caras, A Celebration of Dogs