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The history of MIJOY is lower down on this page.
I am a real animal lover of note. Starting rescue work in my teens. I have always loved animals, but did not have many as a child growing up, as my father suffered terribly with Asthma, and pets fur really did a number on him. He was however very much a lover of animals as was my MOM. My father wanted to become a Vet as a young man, but then went to varsity and studied electrical engineering. We had a couple of dogs over the years and a budgie called Jocky.
We as a family, were regular visitors to the Rand Easter Show on an annual basis, and it was at those shows that I developed the love for the Chinchilla. The (rodent). I now have chins but they are pets and my interest in them is purely for the love of them, not to make money from breeding them. I guess the time will come when I will indeed have the odd baby for sale, but that will be down the road and something that I am not concerned with at this stage.
I left home and married and as a young woman, started rescue work seriously. A few years down the road I became a full time mother, and had the opportunity and started breeding Persians.
I have always believed if you are going to breed � you breed the best, so I became very involved at that stage of my life with Persian Cats. I was involved with stewarding at the shows, and started my judges course down the road. I was also assistant show manager to Mrs Emery the one year, and Mrs April Bac who is also a judge and is a judge to this day. I owe a lot to April Bac, as she taught me everything I learnt about the Persian cat and all the genetics etc. The main Cat show of the year was held in July in
I got divorced after a good few years of cat breeding. I still stayed very much involved with the breeding of top quality, Persian kittens. I remarried four years down the line.
I bred Persians for twenty years at which stage I decided to quit. My love for yorkies has been an on going thing for many years and I owned my first 1kg dog more than 32 years ago.
I bought an afghan � as I admired them tremendously. The Breeder suggested I show the dog as he was quite exceptional. Justin we purchased at 8 weeks of age, and I trained him, not in obedience but show training. It took hours out of my Saturdays, puppy classes in the morning and show classes in the afternoon. We then invested in another two Afghans, and all three did pretty well in the showring. I was never without yorkies, and at that stage, had one which was all of 700gms and went everywhere with me. She NEVER stayed home. She was at all the dog shows, and the yorkie breeders that were there, were very fascinated with this extremely tiny little YORKIE.
My youngest son Michael started dog training and handled the one Afghan girl Alexis and she started getting her CC�s as a 9 month old pup and the first was in
We lost Justin our first Afghan, in 2008. He died at 15 years of age, he was truly a wonderful dog - he died of old age. He was never ill in his entire life.
Our rescue continued over these years, and we were very involved when I say we, My Hubby, my youngest son Michael and myself. I volunteered at a local SPCA for a period of months after, I decided to stop work, having had my own Real Estate Company for a good few years. My Hubby and Michael would assist when time allowed. We also worked with a lot of German Shepherds with behavioural problems, and we trained these Shepherds. The result � we have a few attack trained GSD�s. Our yorkies however, have never had a problem with the larger breeds of dogs, in fact the biggest mouthed dog on our property is Prince Charming, known affectionately as Charm who will turn 6 years in March 2010 � he weighs 602gms. He is very vocal and will challenge any animals, size is irrelevant to him.
Over the years we have had numerous animals through our hands from rescue work. We decided recently to give up rescue. We were always a self-financed operation and in this day and age, it is costly. We also found, that people abused the situation and handed over their dogs with problems to us, their responsibility ended and ours began. We could never rehome animals that had been physically abused, eg. Noogie who was hit with a hosepipe for eight years, before the daughter in the household, grew up and brought the dog to us. Noogie is still with us and he was pretty ill recently when a spider must have bitten his tongue. The story appears on my blog. He was almost in Doggy Heaven, but we are now happy to say he is back to his old self again, he is around 12 or 13 years of age..
We have four Marmosets we originally started with marmosets 18 years ago. We had some of our own, and then about 8 or so years ago, we ended up taking over a breeders collection, when he thought them too old to be of any further use to him?????? We do not sell the babies, they remain as a family unit.
We also have a collection of waterfowl (Exotic Ducks) as well as free roaming, peacocks, and guinea fowl, Ostrich, etc. We have been involved with waterfowl going on 12 years now. A gentleman came to fetch a hive of bees the other day, that had settled in a duck box, he asked how many ducks I sell a year? I had to laugh, we sell none, they are here for our own pleasure, and are also not hear for breeding purposes. Our bird area, as we call it, is home to hundreds of wild birds, who make their nests in the trees and the masses of bamboo. The noise in the early evenings from the wild birds chirping can be deafening at certain times of the year. They are obviously shouting goodnight to all their mates. We have hundreds of Weavers in our bird area, as well as Red Bishops, Sparrows, etc. I guess the free food they have on offer is also a huge bonus to them in the winter months.
We have had horses, miniatures, recently which we rehomed to a wonderful Lady who has a manicured small holding. Two of those miniatures were horses with deformities. We are thrilled to know they are now all together. The two miniatures we owned, were also very good quality miniatures, the sire of the youngster being a best in show winner, they have now gone to an animal lover, the males will be gelded, so they are also pets and not for breeding purposes. These horses roamed our property, and ate all my roses, etc. We had miniatures years ago which died of old age.
Our yorkies form a huge part of our lives. They are very special to us. We have a number and a lot of those are either sterilised and on retirement or are just too small for breeding purposes and are babies in our household. We are often asked if we would sell an adult teacup and the answer is definitely NOT. We grow up certain dogs, and those dogs we will not part with irrespective of the financial offer made. We also do not part with our retired dogs, we feel if they have been in our breeding programme, they have the right to retire with us in the home they have grown up in and where they have been loved. Our one retired stud has just turned 13 years of age, and our one girl is now 14 years old.
2009 we bought our first Biewer girl, and are delighted with her. She is an exceptional little dog. We are involved with the BYTCSA and will strive to breed the very best Biewers.
We as a family are greatly blessed in our everyday lives, we no longer go on holiday as the responsibility of our pets is just too great. I have a dearly loved Cousin, who baby-sits houses for her family and relations, when they are on leave. She has often said she would never dream of coming and looking after our ZOO she would not sleep at night.
Yorkies have formed part of my life since the late 1970's I could not imagine life without them.