Showing dogs was the last thing in the world I thought I’d be doing when I retired from my 35 year stint as a professional florist!! Why? Because I am not one to prance around in front of a lot of people and a judge who is trying to decide which is the best dog in his ring! I got Phoebe, my first Havanese, because I had been breeding (3 litters) English Shepherds and decided puppies were going to be part of my future. Then, for a number of reasons, I decided to change breeds. (Not to worry, though we lost our first English Shepherd in March, 2016 to cancer, I still have her daughter, Meora.)

Yes, I LOVE puppies!

But here I am, 10 years later, in the thick of showing my dogs because I made some friends while showing Havanese and realized there was fun to be had!

So, starting with our most current show dogs and ending with my first show girl, Maxi, I bring you some of our successes!

January 11 , 2019


Carneys Haven has a new Grand Champion! In Brooksville, Florida, at just 21 months,  Phantom took Select Dog both on January 11 and January 12 under judges Ms. Audrey Lycan and Dr. Steve Keating!! Photo to follow.


December 3, 2018

Tango takes Winners Bitch and Best of Winners in East Lansing Michigan!

Tango just needs 2 major wins and 1 point now for her championship!! Love this girl who came to live with us from Lynn Nieto’s Los Perritos kennel. Thankyou Lynn!

September 30, 2018

Almost an identical repeat of September 29…Meri again takes Winners Bitch and Phantom takes Select for two more 5 point majors! Pinch me!!

Meri’s huge win! Best of Breed, Best of Winners…5 point major!! Thankyou Judge Ms. Carolyn I. Alexander. Sept. 29, 2018. 4 more points and she’s a Grand Champion!!

September 29, 2018

A day to remember! Today in Monroe Michigan my Bred-by Bitch Meri, (Carneys Just A Bit Contrary Gardener) took Winners Bitch, Best of Winners, AND Best of Breed over five champions for a 5 point Major!!! This is my little scaredy cat that wouldn’t stand for any judge 6 months ago! Thank you so much Judge Carolyn Alexander for this win and for the nice comments.

THE SAME DAY…Phantom (CH Los Leyendas Magic in Carneys Garden) took Select Dog for a 5 point major! Thankyou Mary Dwyer for this wonderful (and gorgeous) boy! Thank you Judge Carolyn I. Alexander for this win. And HUGE thanks to Christy Collins (old photo below), Phantom’s new best friend, for taking him into the ring for me today!


Our boy Harrison, AKA CH Sherrex’s The Sun Comes to Carneys Garden, became an AKC champion at the in Miami Florida on April 1, 2017 at the very young age of 13 months!

His daughter, Meri, has 4 points to go for her championship!

















Potter at the St. Clair Kennel Club Sept. 12, 2015 takes Best of Winners for a Major Win and his Championship!

My love bug Potter looking so handsome at the show.









Potter takes Best of Winners at the Great Lakes Toy Club Specialty September 11, 2015 for a Major Win!


My beautiful Diva, Lily. Thankyou Kathy Ambler for this gorgeous and fun loving girl. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

Lily was Carney’s Haven’s first AKC Champion!! This is Lily the day she received her Championship in Clearwater, Florida January 2014.










MARLIN (Marli)