Ms. Linda Bednarski, Tullamore

 Growing up on a small farm in Ohio fostered my love for animals of all species, showing horses in western pleasure, breeding polled Hereford cattle and sharing my father’s love of upland game hunting with German Shorthair Pointers.

After college, my first pet was an English Springer Spaniel; after her passing my vision was to own a Labrador Retriever. My search for a family pet resulted in the litter owners allowing me make my choice between three yellow male puppies. I took home the one that caught my eye as soon as I saw him. I would have never imagined that puppy would start my career in showing and breeding dogs; he went on to be my first AKC champion and BOS at a national specialty!

Through that dog, I met many Labrador breeders, several of which owned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Falling instantly in love with the kind personality and lovely expression of a Cavalier, it wasn’t long until I wanted one of my own! While co-owning an English import female, I kept a lovely Blenheim puppy from one of her litters that would become my foundation bitch, CH Tullamore Hazelnut.

Since Cavaliers were just in the process of becoming recognized by the AKC, I showed her in the American CKCS club and she was awarded Best in Sweepstakes win in 1998. Later that year, at the second AKC CKCS National Specialty, she was awarded Best in Sweepstakes and Winners Bitch. Hazel and her offspring provided several generations of AKC Champion Cavaliers that were a pleasure to live with and provided healthy, kind pets for families that have now become lifelong friends.

In 2010 I became an AKC licensed judge for Labradors and Cavaliers. This has provided me the opportunity to travel throughout the county and see some fabulous representatives of these breeds, connect with old friends, and meet many new ones in the process.

Progression into a full time career as a veterinary technician and instructor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is rewarding but to be fair to the dogs, I keep the numbers to a minimum. I currently maintain a small kennel of Labradors and plan to add a companion Cavalier when I can spend more time at home.

I look forward to the chance to judge at the Cavaliers of the Midwest Specialty in July.

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