PETHERTON PARK Kennels & Cattery - Proprietors Rodney
Connelly and Ben Luxton
I cannot ever remember a time when dogs
were not a part of my life. Dogs were always ‘members of
our family’. In 1971, aged ten, I attended the local
Obedience School with our treasured boy Scampi. We
graduated through the ranks which was a great thrill.
This education process, the exposure to all breeds of
dogs, partnered with the sheer exhilaration of
successful competition, unbeknown to me at that time,
was to be the beginning of a dynasty, setting in
concrete, the foundation for a life with dogs.
I have always possessed a passion for the
exotic. Having owned Arabian horses, kept and bred
exotic birds, shown and bred Siamese and Orientals it
was destined my passion would flow through to the dog
In 1976, I fell in love with Zac, a
beautiful red and white basenji exhibiting arrogance,
elegance & grace. Zac was my first pedigree dog and my
entry into the fascinating world of conformation
Chinese Crested’s entered my life mid
1977 & the transfer of the prefix ‘Miniatura’ (Est
As I began to travel extensively with my
dogs I had the pleasure of meeting many knowledgeable
I exhibited Afghan hounds from 1984.
Mid 1986 brought another dream to
fruition, ‘Albert’ an exhibition greyhound. He
titled very quickly and was the most delightful dog you
could have ever imagined to be owned by. He was the
Standard poodles entered my life in 1988.
My dream came true in 1991. I had never
given up and had always been researching Shar-pei, I
believed I could find a Shar-pei to not only be my true
companion but could also be worthy of the wins that had
been bestowed upon my earlier loves. Winnie & Mandela,
yes they were both black, came into my life. They were
the foundation of MINIATURA Shar-pei and their progeny
and kennel mates have created records to be envied.
My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
association has always been in the stalls so to speak. I
to meet Lilly in 1977. Lilly left an impression that has
lasted my lifetime as to what I adored and would look
for in the future as to my ideal Cavalier. I remember
often, quite vividly this beautiful girl. It was in 1997
I entered the Cavalier arena
The quality of my dogs is recognized
nationally and internationally.
My dog family has grown in ways I could
never have imagined when I started. I have a wonderful
extended family of people.
I am an exhibitor / breeder who is ALWAYS
here and available for everyone. For anyone new to the
breeds that may need a little mentoring, for those who
have purchased puppies, through good and bad times I am
I am here from their first breath, to
their last……even if that’s only to hold the hearts of
the humans they left behind.
I was a foundation member of the Shar-pei
Club of Victoria Inc, and completed terms as
Vice-President and Treasurer.
I am a member of the Advance Ambassador
Programme / Pedigree Gold Partners sponsorship team.
I live on the property located on the
city edge of Adelaide where not only my dogs can enjoy
life but our client’s dogs & cats whilst holidaying
here. To find out more about me please go to....
I commenced in the sport of pure breed dog
exhibition with pugs in 1984 and continue to breed
multiple Best in Show and Specialty Best in Show winning
dogs and bitches.
I am a foundation member of the Pug Club
of South Australia Inc, have completed two terms as
President, one term as Vice President & currently hold
the President position once more with this Club.
A member of the Pedigree Gold Partners
sponsorship team / Advance Ambassador Programme.
The type, soundness and quality of my
dogs is recognized nationally and internationally.
Obsidion pugs are currently campaigned with great
success in New Zealand, Italy and Japan.
Falling in love with the elegance and
arrogance of the Basenji breed in 1997, basenjis soon
made their way into the kennel. I campaigned basenjis on
and off through 1997 – 2002 with great success. Then,
taking a break from campaigning basenjis, it has not
been since the last litter (born 2005) from my BISS Tri
girl, CH. Helios the Dragonfly, (Tootsie) that I have
re- entered the hound ring again with great success.
I completed my judge’s license to judge
the Toy Group in 2001, Hound Group in 2003, Gundog group
in 2004, Working dogs in 2005 and Non Sporting in 2006.
I became an All Breeds judge in December, 2008.
Therefore, I am qualified to judge all groups at
Championship show level both nationally and
Throughout my canine career, I have
established not only a style of pug, but a style of
handling to complement the handler/dog association in
the show arena. I am an experienced handler of many
breeds and have judged State finals for Junior
Showmanship competitions throughout Australia.
I live on the property located on the
outskirts of Adelaide where not only my dogs but our
clients dogs can enjoy the sights and smells of a
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