My husband and I grew up in families that had, for generations, loved and raised dogs. Depending on the breed, and originally there were a variety of them, they were shown in the ring or trained hunters. But, no matter what their orientation, they were, first and formost, our beloved family companions!
Our love for mastiffs began in 1993 when Henry, beautiful fawn boy, came into our lives We were showing our ponies at a horse show when we saw him, and it was love at first sight. He joined King Tut, our yellow lab, Louise, our fawn pug, Glen Levit, a border collie, Harvey our Maine Coon cat, a pair of love birds, and an assortment of caged rodents, currently adored by our four children.
After Henry passed on we realized what an integral part he had played in our family, and we realized that only another mastiff could fill his place.
Earlier, my Mother bought a mastiff after she saw what great house pets they made. She was moving to a condo in Florida, with a restriction on pet size (maximum 20 pounds), and so her Cleo joined our family. Cleo's antics entertained our family for six more years. She was the master of verbal communication, "telling" us by her throat sounds everything she wanted and when and how she wanted it! As Cleo entered her senior years. we realized we needed another mastiff puppy so that we would never be without a mastiff. Cleo died
peacefully in her sleep at the ripe age of ten.
We contacted our Veterinarian, Dr. Hutchinson at the Animal Clinic of Northview to guide us to the highest quality in both pedigree and temperament. I contacted Erieside Mastiffs and spoke to the Salinger’s. This led us to a litter sired by Titan aka (CH Grecos Titan I Did It My Way) bred to their bitch, Pallones Sweet & Sassy Hazel. The brindle female we picked out of this litter became CH Erieside Edith Anne. Edith was sold to us as a family companion, not a show dog. However Edith’s presence caught the attention of my sister-in-law, Donna Reece of Ridge View Labradors who saw her potential and thought she should be given a chance at a show career. Edith received points her first weekend – and boy were we hooked. She loved being the center of attention, the travel, the restaurant leftovers, having her own bed at hotels and the whole show dog scene.
Once Edith finished her show championship and received all her health clearances, we decided to breed her to pass on all her wonderful qualities – her good nature, loving temperament and excellent conformation.
We were blessed. After much pedigree research, consideration of temperament and health issues, and several discussions with Edith’s breeder, we decided to breed her to Am.Int. Ch. Pallones Here's Lukin Attcha a lovely brindle male. In this litter we were delighted to have 10 puppies, 1 fawn and 9 brindles. The beginning of Spring Hollow Mastiffs was born. We are very proud of CH Spring Hollow Gadzooks who completed his CH title at the age of 16 months. Spring Hollow Hattie May is also well on her way to finishing with both a 3 and 5 point major; needing a few points to finish. CH Spring Hollow Amazin’ Raisin, co-owned with Sally Jensen our friend and all-breed show handler finished her championship at 18 months of age. She is a carbon-copy of her Mom, Edith.
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Our family home was called Spring Hollow. It was in the family 72 years. We chose the name "Spring Hollow" kennel name for its family history.
Both the Wilson and the Horner families bred many dogs. The Wilson's had Poodles, Danes, Pek's and Labradors. The Horner's had Pug's, Setter's, Newfie's, and of course Lab's.