Beagles have been a part of my life for more than thirty years, sharing my couch and occupying a large portion of my heart. Like many, I was first introduced to the breed through a family pet, “Barney”, and eventually, when time and motherhood permitted, the breed drew me back to my lifelong interest in breeding quality animals. I had grown up in 4-H and FFA, showing and judging horses and livestock. I was consistently among the top judges in the state in horse, livestock, and meats judging and earned a bronze medal at Nationals in 1979 (Livestock) and a silver in 1980 (Meats). After high school, I went on to Washington State University where I studied livestock judging, competed on the livestock judging team, and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education.
I purchased my first show beagle in 1997 and Hershey became my first owner-handled champion. My first litter was whelped in January 2002 – a litter of five red & white bitches – and with that litter began my fondness for red & white beagles. The first puppy born in that litter was the first to bear my kennel name, “Talbot Hill”, and she went on to become my first homebred champion, CH. Talbot Hill’s Overture, “Rosie”. “Talbot Hill” was a local reference as well as an historical reference to the all white Talbot Hound, an ancestor of the beagle from centuries ago. Like the Talbot Hound, my first litter of red & white puppies was born completely white, not a single marking for the first two weeks of their lives. We had to paint their toenails with nail polish in order to tell them apart!
Since that first litter in 2002, I’ve bred numerous champions and had several nationally ranked dogs. I’m proudest of my back-to-back 13″ Best of Winners/Best Bred By Exhibitor at the 2005 and 2006 National Specialties, CH. Beowulf Talbot Hill Grace Note and CH. Talbot Hill’s Razzle Dazzle, both breeder/owner-handled and both just seven months old at the time. Most special to me is Herbie, multiple BIS/BISS CH. Talbot Hill’s Thyme After Time. Herbie was the #2 15″ Beagle in the U.S. in 2008 (All Systems), Select Dog at the 2010 Nationals, and the first red & white beagle in the history of the breed to win multiple Best in Shows.
I enjoy the sport of purebred dogs; not for the ribbons and the rankings, but for the opportunity to travel, to see friends who share a similar passion, and to see beautiful dogs. A battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008, and its aftermath, has caused me to focus less on the “sport” of purebred dogs in recent years and more on the “art” of breeding purebred dogs….which, to be honest, is where my heart truly lies. I strive to breed healthy, happy, beautiful dogs that can excel in the show ring, the field or performance arena, and on the family couch. Thank you to the breeders who have made Talbot Hill beagles a part of their breeding programs and to the families who have made Talbot Hill beagles a part of their homes.
National Beagle Club of America – Supporting Member and Judge’s Education Breed Mentor
Western Washington Hound Assn. – Member
The Beagle Club (UK) – Member
The Beagle Association (UK) – Member