NESBITT, Mr Thomas E Ontario,
Thom has always loved dogs and got smitten by the conformation world when he bought his first show dog, a Siberian Husky, in 1968. The breed proved more challenging than he expected and he later fell in love with American Cockers, buying his first Cocker in 1982. He thought she was beautiful but quickly was made aware that she was not a show dog so he got involved with obedience and put his first CD on a pure bred dog. He then obtained another American Cocker (Parti-Colour), this time with show potential and ultimately she was his first Canadian Champion and the basis of his breeding program in American Cockers. In 1993, David Swartwood, his partner, moved to Canada and he introduced Thom to the wonderful world of English Springer Spaniels (Bryden prefix). They also launched themselves into the world of Miniature Wire-haired Dachshunds which they breed and show under the prefix of Prelude. They have owned and shown Dalmatians, English Springer's, Dachshunds, English Bulldogs and Siberian Huskies. They are proud to say that Prelude Dachshunds and Bryden Springers are being shown in many countries around the world including the United States, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Spain. In 1994 Thom began his judging career, first getting his license for the Sporting Group and then Hounds and is now licensed as a Canadian Kennel Club all-breed judge. He is a Theologian by training, having graduated at Mcgill University in Montreal. His career was in Health Care as a Palliative Care Counsellor and he was National Executive Director of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Today, he is retired and he and David enjoy their 57 acre hobby farm in Gananoque, Ontario where they raise sheep, goats, llamas, donkeys as well chickens, turkeys, ducks, peacocks and Guinea hens. David is also a judge and together they have had the privilege of judging in Canada of course, the USA, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Ireland, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Costa Rica.
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