Camp Verde, Arizona
As one of the PWD pioneers in the western United States, Janis has been active in the show ring and performance events with her Portuguese Water Dogs since 1984. Breeding under the kennel name, Legado Portuguese Water Dogs, in addition to multiple Championship titles from the Bred By Exhibitor class, she has titled her dogs in Agility, Rally, Obedience and Water events.
As a licensed AKC judge, Janis has judged multiple regional PWD specialties in the States.
My wife, Julie, and I have been dedicated to the Portuguese Water Dog since 1995 when we welcomed our first PWD into our lives. A few years later, we solidified our commitment and began our breeding program under the Rustyco kennel name in Stockton, CA. I am an active breeder/owner/handler and have finished championships on many of our PWDs, including my first show dog Ch Rustyco Makin’ it Easy “Diamond” who I finished from the bred-by exhibitor class. I have also enjoyed mentoring other PWD enthusiasts. I am proud to have served on the PWDCA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015 and on the PWDCA Rescue Board in 2014 and 2015.