Terry, Peppi & Ozi atAustralia the Angelsea Ranges.About Us

                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We live within the golden section - Victoria

 

G'day Everyone! (just had to say it)

Our names are Terry & Theresa Lewis and we live in Australia in the State ofVictoria (the gold area on the map above)...we live in the small rural town of Winchelsea, which is situated half way between Geelong and Colac on the Princes Highway, also referred to as the 'Western District'. Down South we have a great deal to offer tourists, as we're only 20-30 minutes from the Angelsea ranges which offers bushwalking, 4 wheel drive tracks, and a number of camping areas.

Winchelsea is only a half hour drive from Geelong and  just an hours drive from Melbourne.We are approximately 25-30 min from the Surf coast -a very popular tourist destination  for Surfing and it's beautiful beaches. The Great Ocean Road (about a 30 minute drive) stretches from Princetown to the historic fishing village of Port Fairy. And if you drive about an hour and a half to the Shipwreck Coast you will discover the regions capital, 'Warrnambool' my home town-it's on the shores of the Lady Bay, and is renowned for the Southern Right Whales that return to Logan's Beach to give birth every winter. The local aboriginal meaning for Warrnambool is 'resting place between two rivers', as the city is located between the Merri and Hopkins rivers.

What more could we want?

For more information on the Shipwreck Coast go to: Surf Coast - Winchelsea Home Page

 

 

  

 

Our Backgrounds!

Terry's family has owned/trained racing pacers and show horses much of their life, later to include breeding/showing miniature ponies. Before that, they were involved in racing greyhounds and owned various pets  from potty calves to Pekinese.

                                                            

                                                           Misty-Sue, Mother Lewis and Sugar.                                                             Terry's dad 'Lou' with Strider.   

Although Terry plays a more 'supportive' role in the kennel, it is nonetheless an important role, as without him we would never have achieved the success we have enjoyed over the years. He has driven the dogs & I thousands of miles to get to the show I couldn't miss, and the trials I just had to be in, not to mention the various training venues week after week (agility, show, obedience, tracking, etc). But the most important job of all..... he has to drive this!

Our custom made trailer can carry 8 dogs although we generally use it as a 6 birth. It boasts individual roll bars for each birth ensuring each dogs safety in case of a rollover, as well as aluminium lining for hygiene and safety. It has water on tap, interior lights, cross ventilation,  and a very large tack box for long distance travel. The chassis has been lowered as much as possible to assist our older dogs and younger puppies when getting in and out.

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Me - I'm a country girl at heart, originally from Warrnambool which is not far away from where we live now. Many of our family pets were rescued (magpies, cats, dogs, horses), but we also had chickens, rabbits, lizards and some mice thrown in for good measure! Horses were my first love, followed closely by anything with four legs. My career plan was to be a veterinarian, but I lost interest after learning about the 'not so glamorous' bits, so now I work with children instead!

Meet my first loves Missy (left) rescued from a racing trainer, and Tully (right) rescued from a horse breaker!

                                                                              

                                                             Midnight Arabesque                Yes, we got 2nd!                      "Tully"

 

Horses were definitely my first love.......... but my  Dogs were destined to be my soul mates!


 

From humble beginnings....

We purchased our first German Shepherd Dog as a couple in 1984 from the very successful Breeding Kennel of 'Britstar' alias Wally Ball & Irene Thompson.

He was a ten week old male called CAM  'Britstar Chaparral'.  There was one condition to his purchase; he was to be shown. I was already involved in showing horses....but a dog? We entered Cam in a small local All Breeds Show and received a respectable 3rd place-I recall the judge commenting that  had I stood him, he could well have been her winner! That was encouragement enough for me! From then on I was determined to learn all I could about this new challenging sport including that 'stand' thing, and thus began our show career!

Around a year later (1985), a bitch called Nuschi, 'Britstar Anusch' came to join our family. She was also from Wally and Irene and she was placed with us on breeders terms. This meant Wally & Irene would get a litter back from her sometime in the future. At her first show outing Nuschi was placed 1st Baby puppy out of 10 entries under Mr. C. Hollingworth (Vic). She went on to gain her Companion Dog title in obedience (usually the top 3), and a 5th placing at the Royal Melbourne Show.

We began practicing that 'stand' thing straight away! 

 

Cam sadly passed away and broke our hearts on June 10th 1995.

         

Nuschi passed away on the 21st June 1990 after being diagnosed with mammary cancer.

 

Please click on the Tributes link to meet Cam, Nuschi & some more of our canine friends that have passed over rainbow bridge to dog heaven!

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From these two dogs -A Unique kennel was born!

In 1986 we combined Cam & Nuschi's names to give us our kennel prefix 'Camnusch' and our kennel was born. Our tattoo symbol CAM was also approved in 1986, and over the years Camnusch has become the home of many top performance dogs. We truly believe our kennel represents the best of ...

Beauty, Brains & Versatility-Why settle for less?

- this philosophy has proudly become our kennel slogan!

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Our 'condensed' history!

1984- We were founding members of the GSDCV -Geelong branch around 1983-4. At the time we were traveling about an hour and a half each week to the nearest GSDCV branch, which was Ballarat. We'd heard that a Mr. Sterzenbach was trying to get a training group together and we jumped at the chance. After officially being accepted as a branch of the GSDCV, I became a committee member and the Membership Officer. I was also on the Social committee, fundraising committee, and later helped form an Obedience demonstration group and Terry became the Equipment Officer. Members participated in various activities such as the Royal Children's Hospital appeal, and the Demo team held displays for community groups such as scouts etc. The branch wanted to promote the breed's qualities in the Geelong region and boost memberships for the branch. Cam & I appeared in the Geelong Advertiser on numerous occasions promoting the breed & the branch, and I still have those clippings as fond memories.

1986 - I gained my show instructors certificate, and passed all criteria for my obedience instructor's certificate soon after, however, I decided not to do my last practical exam as I felt uncomfortable using many of the training methods promoted at the time. I was interested in motivational training, but this form of training was frowned upon back then.  By the late 80's the branch's membership had grown considerably, and a variety of new personalities had begun to emerge....... unfortunately that's when the inevitable conflicts began. Some of my fellow instructors had already left the branch and were instructing elsewhere, and I was to leave soon after. Terry & I decided to train our dogs elsewhere or at home, a move that would prove advantageous in the long term.

Interim -  We continued showing the dogs and did some obedience at one of the many Melbourne branches of the club. We bred a litter or two, bought a house, and bought a new puppy that we eventually called 'Peppi' after being called Puppy for almost 12 months -Peppi was the closest name to Puppy we could think of.

The plan was to hopefully use him with our bitches in the future (if all went well). Peppi was maturing nicely, and his obedience/show training was progressing well. During this time some friends had been urging us to return to the training branch assuring us that things had changed. It took a lot of convincing, but eventually Terry & I decided  to go see for ourselves.

1996 - We returned to the Geelong branch, and to my surprise found that things had changed. I credit this change to the late Margaret Valastro, it seemed she had managed to unite the branch once again. I later became the newsletter publisher (an attempt to further unite members), and was asked to join the Demo team (with Peppi) under her instruction. Margaret helped spark my enthusiasm for Obedience once more, and it was this enthusiasm that eventually lead to Peppi's impressive obedience performances, particularly at the 2001 National.

Unfortunately Margaret would never get to see these performances, she died suddenly in June 2000 during the 28th GSDCA Nationals held in Queensland. Peppi & I had the privilege of being in the 'guard of honour' at her funeral.

We continued to attend the branch for some time after her death, but self interest was beginning to raise it's ugly head once more.

2002 - The last straw came when the criteria for an end of year trophy was corrupted by the trophy donors; simply because the donors had a grudge against the potential recipients-us!...... we decided from that moment (as many other's did) to train elsewhere or at home! These same self promoting individuals are still actively involved within the GSDCV-Geelong branch today. Also in 2002 we joined a small agility group at Teesdale (Vic) under the guidance of Denise Agnew of Avenglenn kelpie stud & founder of ADAC . We had been searching for many years to find a suitable agility instructor, and Denise seemed to be it. Although we had no idea what ADAC was at the time, we have come to realize that the training methods used for ADAC are far superior to that of any others we have attempted! 

2003 - We became members of the Tracking Club of Victoria and have been hooked ever since! Peppi passed his Preliminary track in August 2003 under Lynn Klecka. We would like to thank both Lynn and Helen Den Hartog (who owns no less than 2 tracking champions) for their the guidance when we didn't really have a clue what we were doing. 

2004 turned out to be a very bad year for us all round and circumstances prevented us from participating in any dogsports.

2004- Adac became NADAC and later became apart of the large American organisation known as NADAC -as their Australia division under the guidance of Shirlene Clarke PAWS TO CONSIDER -  www.pawstoconsider.com.au. Please go take a look at the NADAC Australian Website  www.nadacaustralia.com site, or the parent club in America NADAC - www.nadac.com.

We are so proud to be the owners of the first two 'Australian' German Shepherd Dogs to gain their official titles in the sport here in Australia!

2005 - Tracking began in earnest! Aust Ch: Breebaron Lawbreaker aka Peppi gained his test 1,2,3, and 4 at consecutive trials and just missed out on his test 5 at the end of tracking season. Whilst Camnusch Ozi Outcast aka Oki passed his Prelim and Test 1 at consecutive trials with a grading of VERY GOOD!

 

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There are so many people to thank for their support and friendship over the years that it would take forever to list them individually, so I will take this opportunity to wish these people (collectively) the very best of luck in their own personal goals and aspirations. Terry & I would also like to thank the people who have contributed to the success of 'Camnusch' bred/owned animals in one way or another over the years, (owners, handlers, animal specialists, fellow breeders, trainers etc), and we look forward to sharing more successful 'Camnusch' results with you in the future.

Many thanks to you all!

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