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Our names are Vicki & Wayne Mills and we live in Auckland, NZ with our small family of Bullmastiffs.
Wayne & I initially brought our first Bullmastiff as a pet in 2001, we had our hearts set on a red girl and had put our names down with breeder who was expecting a litter of pups shortly, but unfortunately for us her litter produced only 3 pups………all of them males.
So that was that or so we thought but then about a fortnight later she contacted us to say that a friend of hers had a litter on the ground, born exactly the same day as her litter and she had 3 females, one of them was a red! We contacted her and the rest as they say is history!
Our girl Phoebe 'Rangatira Red Beauty' came into our lives. We thought that she was a real beauty too; she was & is still a very much loved Bullmastiff and member of our family.
A little later we decided that maybe we would quite like to look into the showing side of things. We were complete novices and so, of course, was Phoebe.
We attempted to take her into the ring twice altogether, both at Bullmastiff Specialty Shows, where everyone knew what they were doing and we of, course had, no idea so neither Phoebe nor us enjoyed the experience at all and we decided that the show career was to be short lived & in fact over.
Anyway to cut a long story short we decided that we wanted to continue on in the breed so we chose to use Phoebe as our foundation bitch for our chosen Kennel name Waterlea Bullmastiffs.
We thought long & hard about a suitable stud dog for our girl, we looked at her strengths & weaknesses, studied her pedigree & what was behind her and decided on a beautiful male stud dog from Australia who tied back into her lines & was a proven stud dog of quality & producer of International Champions, 'Aust.CH Steelmaz Young Gun'.
We were very fortunate that after talking via phone & sending through all the necessary information to Steelmaz Bullmastiffs they were happy to send semen to us.
Phoebe was successfully implanted with frozen semen & produced a litter of 4 pups, all of quality.
Three of them have gone on to become NZ Champions, they are 'NZ CH Boomers Boy of
Waterlea' (Boomer) and 'NZ CH Pretty in Pink of Waterlea' (Gucci) and NZ CH Young
Gun of Waterlea (Ed). (Yes we did improve in the ring! -
We are extremely proud of all of our dogs to date and have plans to further increase the family in the future. We also wish to thank Steelmaz Bullmastiffs for without their help what we have achieved so far would not have been possible.