Nancy had been raised showing pure bred dogs, primarily Collies and Afghan hounds with her sister. While growing up she knew she always wanted to have a Bedlington Terrier. She eventually did have a few pet Bedlingtons, all the whilst raising three children on her own.
Nancy married Norm and the official "Starcastle" was soon to follow with the purchase of her foundation male John. John was shown by Marianne Cummings, of the acclaimed Hollywink Kennels. Marianne would turn out to be more than just a handler, she was a mentor, a friend and family, a grandmother to Carol when she was born.
Sadly in the early 1980's we lost Marianne, Norm and Nancy did all the handling for several years with several very successful dogs, including a top special, Ch. Hollywink Starcastle, Winky. They continued the handling of Starcastle Bedlingtons until Carol was prepared for the
conformation ring. since the age of 4, Carol was a part of the showing experience at Starcastle, she finished her first champion by the age of 7, became a competitive nationally ranked Top Junior Handler, campaigning several top specials, finishing numerous champions and all while still
attending middle & high school. When Carol went onto college, Nancy and Norm once againbecame the foundation of handling for Starcastle Bedlington Terriers.
Carol has also gone on to become a Junior Showmanship advocate and an AKC licensed judge.
In 1997, a unique oddity was added to our collection, a Vizsla named Elmo. He has now become the foundation for what has become Starcastle Vizslas. Carol has gone on to start a foundation with wonderful longtime breed mentors aiding and advising her along the way. The Vizslas and the Bedlington Terriers co-exist joyfully and are a great balance between two entirely different dispositions.
Starcastle prides itself on producing quality puppies, in very few litters, only breeding selectively chosen sires and dams using DNA testing, health evaluations, OFA certifications, temperament testing, conformation evaluation and unparalleled veterinary care, being at the forefront of every breeding decision. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our mentors and friends within the Bedlington and Vizsla communities as well as in the dog show world, both present and those who have passed for sharing with us, your passion, your knowledge and your love for the dog!