It was the early 90’s when a substantial but classy red male Doberman took up residency with me. The effect of his deep ocean eyes and comical personality had me hooked on him. He was shown before coming to me but had grown to exceed the standard, so began the search for a show prospect. I acquired a funny little firecracker, Rumour, from Gatehouse Dobermans. Since I was still a novice, Maura Reilly instructed and guided me on a path to success. However, there were others that had a role on this curve as well. As soon as Rumour turned 6 months of age, she entered the show ring. It was a most exciting run with her gaining up to her Grand Championship status. Even today as I progress forward, much thanks goes to Maura for the so far 8 years of fun, success and continued guidance. Keenly aware of the health and longevity issues in this wonderful breed I took a leap of faith and setup my own breeding program with improvement in mind. Rumour’s first litter produced a “ mini her” show female that her new owner named Seroena. Carolyn introduced me to a wealth of knowledge in various dog sports as well as the latest canine research, specifically Dobermans. Since we have so much in common , this led to many lengthy phone calls and enjoying each other’s input. She and Seroena are driven and have far exceeded my expectations. Rose is a person with high energy and desire to learn. A delightful “newbie” to the breed. She has an intense interest in showing, lure coursing and dock diving. She wants to try it all. In a flash, Siren, a little black female went to her new home with Rose. I am now confident enough to guide and teach Rose as Maura has and still does for me. It is a constant learning experience. My path has been rewarding and I look forward to the next chapter working still with past, present and future owners and colleagues along with a bucket of laughs along the way.
My History A full time police officer, a part time fire fighter and a mother of three started an interest in the Doberman breed in 2018 when a friend purchased a Doberman from Pamela Pleau, Ignite’s Dobermans. Intrigued by the breed, I started making inquiries about showing and what was involved. A whole new playing field for me. I had only owned three dogs in my lifetime with a preference toward the German Shepherd. In the spring of 2019 Pamela and I struck a deal and Siren (Ignite’s Line of Fire) became my pup. I took her to her first show in the fall of 2019. Well didn’t she place first in Best Baby Puppy in breed and group. With a tear in Pamela’s eye at ringside and a grin on my face, I was hooked. In early spring of 2020, pre-COVID we entered another show Senior Puppy and placed 2nd in Class. This placement was clearly a flaw in my presentation. Now I wanted to improve. So with Pamela’s guidance, introducing me to other owner/handlers, teaching me some tricks in the presentation for conformation shows, encouraging me to take handler courses, I was really enjoying this new adventure. Pamela saw my excitement and commitment and decided we needed to form a team, She introduced me to Carolyn Cox. So three women with the same goals and desires for the Doberman, this clearly was a kick-ass partnership. And so it began.
Since many years have gone by and I am now retired, I won’t bore you with the details and so I will just get on with it. CH ignite Dreamalicious CD aka Seroena and Cassels Most wanted aka Kyahna, presently keep me busy and entertained and I in turn keep them spoiled, obedient and busy too. My first was a red head, BPIG CH DiRavallese’s Fire Starter CD U-CD CGN RA R01 VBM aka Savannah. She was so so special and the love of my life, but a tragic accident took her from me way too early. I am forever grateful to Angela for allowing me to enjoy all that Savannah had to offer me. I still shed tears for her. Presently, “ wiggle butt” Kyahna ( we often call her DooDoo) is ready for several levels of obedience trials, however, a health pandemic stands in the way. In the mean time, I look forward to like minded owners, breeders and science to help promote improvement in diversity, health, temperament and longevity in the Doberman. Breeding? That could be on the agenda but time and circumstance will tell. Always open to new challenges I am excited to work with Ignite and Five-O Dobermans for a positive future
Melanie Chin CPDT-KA
We are pleased to announce our collaboration with certified professional dog trainer Melanie Chin who is also the proud owner of one of our lovely girls Chili - Ignite's Firecracker CGN. Chili is a service dog and has her Canine Good Neighbor title.
Melanie offers in-home behavior assessments as well as preparation for your new puppy, help with socializing, manners and obedience training as well as helping owners meet their dog's needs for mental enrichment. She is accredited with the CCPDT and has her certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. You can reach her on her website www.canineservices.ca
Chatham-Kent K9 First Aid
We at Ignite Dobermans strongly encourage our puppy owners to obtain training in canine first aid. Canine First Aid is not designed to take the place of a veterinarian but YOU are the first step between an injury and the time it takes to get to the vet, or worse, an after-hours emergency vet clinic in another town!
Chatham-Kent K9 First Aid & Canine Health Canada are dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to help you in an emergency! Fully licensed instructors are governed by a Board of Advisors & all materials are Vet designed, approved & reviewed annually. We offer the most comprehensive training program in Canada and it is accompanied by a 130+ page canine health and emergency first aid reference manual. Learn more on their website at www.chatham-kentk9firstaid.ca