Involved with the Portuguese Water Dog since 2005, Kathy has become very passionate about the PWD, seeking to follow in the foot steps of the great ambassadors who protected and saved the breed a mere 30 years ago. She is a full/active member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America and has high standards regarding health testing, proper socialization and nutrition. She believes a breeding should ONLY take place when seeking to improve the next generation. Through research, breedings are carefully planned while taking into consideration health, structure, movement and temperament. The dogs are a labor of love, and they share her life with joy and happy tails!
To take you back through the history of Kathy's "dog life" - she began showing dogs when she was 12 years old. Before the age of 21 she owned, bred and/or finished over 20 champions and even spent a year working as a live-in kennel and show assistant to Professional Handlers Tom & Andrea Glassford. A successful junior handler, she also qualified for Westminster's LIMIT class before the age of 17. She began with Brittanys, and bred and showed under the prefix "Bent Oak" before heading off to college. She also showed Beagles and Pointers.
Kathy's dog show days slowed down as college and adulthood approached. In 1993 she married her husband, Greg, who was a pilot in the US Navy. With multiple duty stations and cross-country relocations throughout the next 12 years, the Maguire's shared their home with 2 Doberman Pinschers and seldom attended dog shows.
Kathy developed the "itch" to get back into dog shows as retirement loomed on the horizon. She researched several different breeds, and in early 2005 while browsing the web, she came across the personality description of the Portuguese Water Dog. It seemed like the perfect match and a brand new journey began! It wasn't long before "Liza" became a part of the family, and Kathy was right back into the dog show world like she never left. (Kathy trains, grooms and handles her own dogs).
Kathy attended the esteemed "Art Center College of Design" in Pasadena, California and is passionate about great photography, web and advertising design. She has spent the majority of her career working in Marketing and Business Development in the Golf industry, primarily with the PGA TOUR and with their TPC properties in Michigan and Las Vegas. She enjoys the environment, but personally does not play the game! In the summer of 2015 she moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee which she presently calls home.
Since 2005 she has bred 22 PWD Champions, served on several National Specialty Committees, was the President of the Great Lakes regional club for several years and has judged at two regional specialties. Most recently she traveled to Canadian to judge the Sweepstakes competition at the 2018 PWD Club of Canada National Specialty.
If you are on Facebook, we encourage you to join the Patriot Portuguese Water Dog Group to share in the camaraderie of our PWD owners where all of our puppy families interact with stories about their dogs and how owning a Water Dog has changed her life!
Kathy and her first show dog,
Ch. Bent Oak's Secret Formula
going Best of Winners
"Rocky" was Kathy's Junior Handling dog
and very best friend, he lived to be 14
Kathy with her last breeder/owner
handled Brittany champion,
Ch. Bent Oak's Always and Forever
Finished with two 5-point
Kathy with her first breeder/owner
Ch. Bent Oak's Just Because
"Jonas" became the foundation stud dog for
the famed "Jordean" Kennels of
Andrea and the late Dennis Jordan - -
he sired over 50 champions
Carolon's A Likely Story
(May 1995 - March 2004)
What wonderful memories we have of our "Dober-Kids"...
Winsome's Scandalous Affair
(June 1994 to January 2008)
Kathy (12 yrs. old) and Rocky (6 months old)
pictured at their very first show -
Central Ohio Kennel Club, November 1980
A trip down memory lane...
DAMSEL IN A DRESS N'CO
I often say my 40's taught me to "Never say Never!" This "TOY DOG!" has brought me immeasureable joy! She is a Powder Puff Chinese Crested - - known by names such as "Dior-able" and "Dior Mi Amore" - - she is a delight!
Judging Sweepstakes at the
Rio Salgado Specialty
Judging Sweepstakes at the
Canadian National Specialty