For over 15 years we have loved and enjoyed this delightful breed. I thank everyone who helped me along the way and hope that I can "pay it forward" in some way to those learning this breed now. We just said goodbye to our Joker, our first Frenchie and the little tyrant of Jackpot! Joker was just the best little man and ruled the roost (or so we let him think). He will be missed dearly. This past Valentine's Day our Kwik Pik passed over also. We send our love to Jim and Jackie, with whom she lived this last ten years of her long fourteen year life. Kwik Pik ruled!
CH. Jackpot! Kwik Pik Tiket Petty (the cream queen left) was our foundation bitch and we are blessed to have had such a sweetie as our start. Thank you to Cheryl Petty for helping us get started in Frenchies. Your sharing of some wonderful French Bulldogs AND most importantly, your friendship and your knowledge of breeding and raising Frenchies has been invaluable. Plus, we can never forget that Joker my first adored little man, came from Cheryl.
Kwik Pik was bred to CH. Cox's Goodtime Charlie Brown, the Top Producing French Bulldog of all time, and the following litter became our spring board. By keeping three of the four Charlie X Kwik Pik kids, breeding them in slightly different "directions" and breeding their children back to each other and to those children, we have gotten our start on producing a look that we hope says JACKPOT!
We are not really breeding Frenchies anymore, but we have lots of friends that are, so if you are looking for a puppy, just ask us, we will help.
Luis and Angela Arenas-Lopez and me in the middle.
We have bred National Specialty winning French Bulldogs, many Group Winning French Bulldogs, lots and lots of Group Placing French Bulldogs and our stud dogs have been some of the Top Producing French Bulldogs in the history of the breed. We gave up counting champions years ago, I do not mean that in an arrogant way, just stating a fact. But once again, it is the friends we have made and the lives our dogs have touched that is the most important. Thank you, to all the people who have Jackpot! dogs in their lives.
Here is a bit of personal info on me and on Jackpot! I grew up in Mississippi and moved to Dallas as soon as I graduated from college (yes, DALLAS was THE TV show at the time). I lived in Dallas for almost 20 years and caught the dog show bug in the early 90s. I was lucky enough to meet Luis & Angela Lopez (in photo way above) and they beat some dog show sense into me! My first breed was Chinese Shar Pei, even though I never bred them, I did enjoy showing them. I was VERY spoiled as my first show Shar Pei finished easily and then my second one went BOS at the very first AKC Chinese Shar Pei Club of America National Specialty.. I long admired French Bulldogs and when Conan, my Rottie/Dobe cross crossed over, I started looking! That was when I met Cheryl Petty and the Frenchie Fever took over.
In 1996 I moved to Minnesota to take a job doing the design and production for a French Bulldog magazine. There I was incredibly blessed to meet my now husband, Steve, not even two weeks after I moved there! Oh yeah, things happen for a reason! It took him about five years to pop the question (I wanted to get married on our second date), but we finally did. Shortly after our wedding we bought a fishing resort in far northern Minnesota - Dancing Bear Resort. I also started my own design business. Living here has been the most wonderful experience! It is so natural, beautiful and virtually unspoiled. Every year we have Frenchie Fun Camp when for one week only Frenchie owners and their Frenchies are welcome at Dancing Bear. Talk about FUN! Frenchie Fun Camp is Sept. in 2010 - join us! Also, since moving here we added my beloved Newfoundland, Deuce, to the gang, a Great Pyrenees, Zoe and a miniature horse, Nyker and we added alpacas, yes, ALPACAS to the mix. Click here to see more on these whimsical creatures.
The Jackpot! French Bulldog Story...and We Aren't Through...YET!