GRAVES, Mr Neil W Alberta,
Neil started in the dog world by showing a German Shepherd dog in Obedience in 1966. Shortly thereafter he decided to show in confirmation and began to breed and show Old English Sheepdogs. He soon realized that living in the city was not conducive to an Old English breeding program so he went in search of a smaller breed thus the Lhasa Apso. He has owned and bred Lhasa Apso's from 1974 - 2008. No longer breeding or showing the Lhasa Apsos' he still has the Shih Tzu breed in the TruBlu kennel. The TruBlu kennel has been the dominant Lhasa Apso kennel in Canada from 1977 to present, achieving over 60 Best In Shows. Even though Neil is no longer breeding or showing the Lhasa Apso he has many co-owned dogs still in the ring today. He has also campaigned and handled Great Danes, Shih Tzu's, Pekingese and Whippets. Neil is a retired fire-fighter serving on the City of Calgary Fire Department for 32 years. Upon his retirement in 1999 he became an all breeds judge. He has judged in many countries such as: Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Brazil, Sweden and Norway.