Kensington’s History

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Happy in Sonoma County – 2014

28 May 2017

My personal background includes a college education (A.B. MHC 1980) with double majors in neurology and art history – coursework toward my graduate degree in architecture at the Boston Architectual Center and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design – and three decades of business experience, mostly in the real estate, sporting goods and wine industries.  Not much to do with dogs, until you think about the science of breeding and the subjective evaluation of body/mind and spirit.  I think my educational training provided me with EXACTLY what I needed to become the best breeder I can be.

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Springtime in Vermont at the farm, 2012

When you visit us, you’ll find no more than three or four adult dogs in residence at any one time, unless we have a boarder or a litter, too.  It is necessary that I have plenty of time to give each of my doggie kids the attention and stimulation they need to thrive and be happy, and so, three or four adult dogs in the house is the limit.  My breeding program, however, involves additional animals who live elsewhere in New England and Canada with other forever families.  That way, I can keep some diversity in the genetic pool, without having multiple males vying for first position with the female in season and EVERYONE living in my house together.  Whoa, nelly, that would be intense!

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The new Yo Eddy! 27.5er – Introduced in 2015

I came to the breed in 1992, after raising Boxers, German Shepherds and Lhasa Apsos as family pets. After weeks spent pouring over an atlas of dog breeds, the Tibetan Terrier stood out as a wonderful family companion, known for his tolerance of children and love of travel. At the time, my husband and I had no idea whether children would ever be in our future but we knew that we’d continue working & traveling – and that, we did. Chris Chance and I traveled with and without our Team Fat Chance riders all over the country and internationally, sometimes renting houses and other times, tenting with our Tibetans. Regardless of where we stayed, our first two TTs spent many happy weekends traveling with us across state lines and were always happy to jump into the car or out, to inspect a mountain biking course or a beach. They’d run, run, run! And that is where we learned how nimble, energetic and athletically versatile they truly were.

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Izzie and James, May 2009 on the porch

In 2006, I acquired my foundation pair of Tibetans from Nina Wagner of Shalimar.  Nina passed away in October 2016, having somehow developed mesothelioma. I was gifted with my pick of her three brood bitches and the lovely Kodi (CH Shalimar Coshan’s Kodi) now lives with us full time.

My foundation pair, James and Izzie, were finished in 2007 as Champions under the capable and talented hands of Mark and Pam Desrosiers.  Izzie and James had their first litter in March 2009 and eight healthy happy pups were produced. I still have Oliver, my pick from that first litter.  Alice Smith was present at his whelping and instrumental in ensuring that each pup in that litter made its way into the world safely. We gratefully thank and remember both of these women for all of their guidance and support over the years. Izzie had litters in 2010 and 2011 and then, my pick female from her 2010 litter took over. That was Coppi, who whelped four litters and retired in 2014 to the beach in Marblehead with a wonderful forever family.

After Coppi retired, Georgie Girl became our resident brood bitch.  She is an AKC Champion bred by Jean Allen of Coshan Tibetan Terriers and is related to Kodi, through Georgie’s mother and Kodi’s father, Brady.  Georgie Girl whelped three litters and retired in summer 2016.  She’s now a snowbird and splits her time between Concord, Massachusetts and Naples, Florida.

Georgie Girl, our current Champion who will next be bred in May 2015

Georgie Girl, one of our five AKC Champion brood bitches who retired in June 2016

When you visit, you will meet our AKC Bronze Grand Champion Billie Jean, an intelligent, precocious and athletic TT who will have her third litter in June 2017. She is our fourth brood bitch.  And you will meet Ziva, a 2015 AKC Grand Champion with fantastic temperament and profuse coat.  We also have a puppy in residence with us, Koko (Kodi x Oskar 2017).  While I only accept four deposits per litter, we usually have six or more puppies.  This allows me some flexibility, while studying which puppy would thrive in which forever family’s lifestyle.  And while I reserve the right to select the best puppy(ies) for you, IMHO – if you wish to participate in puppy selection, I would require that you visit the litter at least twice, between the 6th and 8th weeks of life.  During these visits, we can study the puppies together and share thoughts.

Lupines and daisies - Summertime!

Lupines and daisies – Summertime!

Kensington was originally established in Vermont in 2006, where it is beautiful and the air is clean. However, from 2010 to 2016, we split our time between Stowe, Vermont and Princeton, Massachusetts.  We’ve since been back in Stowe full time and looking forward to our second litter of 2017.  Our Vermont vets are particularly good with very young puppies and so, we have always timed whelping for here in Stowe.  Dew claws get removed on Day Two/Three, both front and rear.  We use Broadview Animal Hospital in Rochester, NH, Dr. William Truesdale in Seekonk, Massachusetts and LVVS in Hyde Park, VT for reproductive veterinary medicine.

Cop Cop, showing off her strong chest, 2010

Coppi, showing off her strong chest, 2010

It is very important that you find the right breed for your family, as much as it is for me to find the right forever homes for the wonderful puppies I bring into the world.  Tibetan Terriers are not the breed for everyone!  By meeting the pack and talking about your wishes and wants, we will make that decision together.  Should you like to begin a dialogue about a possible puppy for your home and family, please email me at wendyll.behrend@gmail.com.