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I could go on and on and write a novel about my love affair with pugs.  Instead, I will give you the very abbreviated short story: 

I fell in love with the pug breed in 1994, when I adopted a fawn companion pet boy named Babb's Nickelodeon.  Nick taught my family all about the crazy antics of the pug breed, and inspired me to switch from showing and breeding dobermans to showing pugs.

In 1996, I adopted CH Larimar's Stardust CD, CGC, ROM (Star), who became my line's fawn foundation bitch.  Star was the most incredible pug a person could ever own, and I was blessed to be able to personally handle her to her championship and obedience titles.  In 2004, in partnership with Simon Pugs, CH CandyLand's BLKHawk of Arvay (Kirby) became my black foundation stud dog, thus creating my line of black pugs.  To date, there have been 19 champions who are directly related to either Star or Kirby, and several obedience, agility, or rally pugs from them, all of whom I am a breeder or co-breeder of record.  


Temperament is of utmost importance since it is my goal that every pug we raise be adaptable and suitable for their future adopting family.  As such, all of my puppies are raised following the critical period guidelines outlined in O'Kelley's 1978 article, Super Dogs Are Made, Not Born.  Puppies are ready for adoption at approximately 10-18 weeks of age.  


As a serious dog show exhibitor, my goal is to breed pugs that have proper conformation and structure.  As such, I utilize a set of 3 evaluation tests for:  
  • Conformation 
  • Structure
  • OFA preliminary hip report  

These three evaluations are set up as elimination rounds.  This means that a puppy must pass the first evaluation in order to move on to the next one.  If a puppy fails one evaluation, that puppy is then eliminated from participating in the next evaluation.  A puppy must successfully pass all three evaluations in order for me to place or keep him or her as a Show Prospect--otherwise the puppy is placed as a non-breeding Companion Pet. 

Conformation Evaluation

I conduct conformation evaluations using the AKC Pug Breed Standard on my entire litter at the age of 8 weeks following the Puppy Puzzle "approach to evaluating the structural quality of puppies", created by Bob and Pat Hastings.  

Structure Evaluation

Only those puppies who receive a grade of B+ or higher get to move on to the Structure evaluation, which is performed by Dr. Wendy Wallace, DVM.  Dr. Wallace and Pat Hastings co-authored the book, Structure in Action:  The Makings of a Durable Dog.  

Preliminary Hip Evaluation

Only the puppies who Dr. Wallace evaluates as having proper structure move on to the third evaluation, which is an OFA preliminary evaluation for hip dysplasia.   


Health is also the greatest priority in my breeding program.  As such, I only feed and recommend grain-free and holistic pet food for my pugs.  All of the pugs personally owned by me and who will be used in a breeding program are evaluated for all of the tests recommended for the pug breed by the parent club.  These are:   

Along with other serious dog breeders, I collaborate with veterinary researchers to find ways to help dogs as a whole live longer, happier, and healthier lives. 

I have always encouraged and supported other pug breeders to conduct genetic tests on any pug that will be used in a breeding program.  As a professional courtesy, I have always provided discounts from  our stud fee for pug females who hold OFA certificates at the time of the breeding to any of my champion boys.  In addition, I have always offered all of my pug owners the option to receive title rebates totaling up to 100% of the Adoption Fee.  Rebates are available when a pug achieves an AKC title that appears either as a prefix (before the dog's registered name), or appears as a suffix (after the dog's registered name).  


I have worked hard to ensure that the descendants of Star and Kirby have been born as beautiful and as healthy as possible.  Together with her 6-month old puppies from our very first litter, our foundation female, CH Larimar's Stardust CD, CGC (Star) was selected as the Best Brood Bitch at the 1998 National Specialty Show.  In the late 1990s, in partnership with Starvue Pugs and Mystic Pugs, we were recognized as the Breeder of the Year by our local chapter pug club.  In 2003, I was one of only a very small handful of American pug breeders featured in the Barron's Educational Series book, Living With A PugI have also met the requirements to be recognized as an American Kennel Club (AKC) Breeder of Merit-Bronze. This is a program designed by the AKC to recognize "accomplished breeders...who are dedicated to breeding beautiful purebred dogs whose appearance, temperament, and ability are true to their breed" (AKC website, 2014). 

Likewise, I have also met the requirements for the AKC's Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Program since 2015 because I am committed to conducting all of the required health tests that are recommended by the parent club, participating in annual continuing education regarding dog breeding and training, being accountable and responsible for all of the dogs I have brought into the world, and following a tradition of excellence in my breeding program. 

In 2015, this hard work and dedication paid off when our homebred girl, Celestial Moonlyt Aloha For Kelani (Aloha) became the first Pug in the history of the Pug breed to receive an Excellent on her OFA preliminary hip evaluation


After a five year hiatus from the world of dogs, in 2011, my family adopted two beautiful and sweet pug girls who are direct descendents of Star and Kirby: a fawn, CH Starvue Celestial Return By Pegasus (Kelani), and a black, Surewins Celestial Moonlyt Hollyberi (Hollyberi).  Kelani and Hollyberi were both retired.  

In 2013, GCH Surewins Celestial How Do Ya Like Me Now (Toby) became the first grand champion in our line.  Toby was completely breeder-owner-handled by his co-owner, Surewins Pugs.  He is since retired.  

In 2015, we became co-owners with Simon Pugs of a beautiful black male pug puppy, CH Victory's Simon Celestial Keahilani Heaven's Fire (Lani).  Lani resides with Simon Pugs.  We also had a lovely home-bred, black puppy girl, Celestial Moonlyt Aloha For Kelani (Aloha), that I am totally enjoying showing in 2018.    

2016 brought us the birth of our long-awaited dominant black male, Celestial Moonlyt Purple Reign (Prince).  We are totally in love with little Prince, and are currently showing him.  He currently resides in his loving and very responsible custodian home. I also acquired a lovely fawn female from T'ien-Shan Pugs, T'ien-Shan Celestial Please No Yellow Card (Melli Mia), who I hope to show in 2019.  

2018 brought us the dynamic dominant black duo: Celestial Moonlyt La Luna Brilla En Mazatlan (Luna), and her brother, Celestial Moonlyt El Cid de Mazatlan (El Cid), who are growing up at home, awaiting their chance in the show rings.  

We look forward to seeing Aloha, Prince, Melli Mia, Luna, and El Cid perform in conformation and performance rings soon.


Showing and breeding pugs can never be an income-earning venture for me because it costs thousands of dollars each year to show, train, condition, conduct genetic tests, feed, and raise puppies properly.  I refuse to cut corners or costs because I am committed to raising the best pugs possible.  Besides, my pugs are like my children, and I give them only the best.   

To support my ability to give my pugs the best, I have a full-time career outside of the world of dogs.  Professionally, my career is in educational administration and leadership, and I hold certificates as an All Levels Principal for PK-12 grade and as a Child Development Professional Development Specialist.  I have taught students in preschool all the way to college levels in both online and face-to-face settings, and have held several educational administrative roles.  I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Management and a Master's of Science Degree in Education, with a specialization in Online Teaching and Learning.  I have also completed graduate coursework in Counseling and Student Personnel, and I am currently pursuing a third master's degree in Early Childhood Education Studies.  

Besides being a member of local and state-wide dog clubs, I am also a member of my state association for community college faculty, the National Head Start Association, and the national and state associations for the education of children, and I serve as a professional development consultant and speaker.        


 CH CandyLand's BLKHawk of Arvay, our black foundation stud dog co-owned with Simon Pugs.

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CH Larimar's Stardust  CD, CGC, ROM was our fawn foundation bitch.   


Health is our top priority to insure that our pugs are healthy even into their golden years.  CH Larimar's Stardust CD, CGC (Star) being awarded First Veteran as a senior citizen canine.     

We have met all program requirements necessary to be recognized as an AKC Breeder of Merit-Bronze. 

Since 2015, we have met all requirements necessary to be recognized in the AKC's Bred With H.E.A.R.T. Program.

I only feed and recommend grain-free 5-star rated dog foods that "are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages" of our pugs. 



Do you or someone you know have a dog that has been diagnosed with or died from Mast Cell Tumors and/or cancer in the past 3 years?  If so, you can make a difference in the lives of other dogs.   

Dedicated breeders of all breeds of dogs are working with researchers at North Carolina State University to better understand cancer and Mast Cell Tumors (MCT) in dogs.  It is our hope as breeders that one day this research might provide the opportunity for all to be better able to understand the causes, provide better treatments, and perhaps, identify genetic markers that may lead to prevention through selective breeding.  In order to do this, researchers need help from people in the community whose beloved dogs have been or were affected by cancer or MCT within the past 3 years.  Specifically, they would need access to the dog's clinical records and biopsy specimen that the veterinary pathology laboratory would have in storage.  If you are willing to help, you can contact researchers directly at info@breenlab.org and read more about the research study at:


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