Canadian Cane Corso Club
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Canadian Cane Corso Association

Officers

 
President:
Betty Osing
Vice President:
Lesley Thomas
Secretary / Treasurer:
Gwen Haynes

Rescue Liaison:
Clayton Thomas
Shows/Trials:
Jeanette Brown
Working:
Woody O'Briant

BC Regional Director:
Debbie Wood
Prairie Regional Director:
Jeanette Brown
Ontario Regional Director:
Marie DuBois

Quebec Regional Director:
 

              Atlantic Regional Director:                  Andy Campbell

Biographies

 
Betty Osing CCCA PresidentPresident:
Betty Osing

Betty Osing was raised on the family farm Southern Alberta. After a career as a successful entrepreneur, starting up and operating two successful businesses for nearly fifteen years, Betty has now gainfully retired into a role of being a very well-kept woman and is busier than ever with the dogs, volunteering for various club and keeping things running at home.

Betty’s introduction to the purebred dog world occurred more than twenty years ago when her then boyfriend, and now husband, Byron brought her home her first Rottweiler, who was aptly named "Panzer." Panzer, while being by any definition a "hard" dog, was the Working Breed dog that started off the family love affair with the Rottweiler breed. Betty’s second Rottweiler "Bella" acquired shortly afterwards, began the family’s engagement in the conformation and later breeding aspects of the purebred dog fancy.

Betty has spent approximately twenty years engaged in the ownership, training, breeding, and study of all aspects of the working breeds operating as Darkstone Kennel, which is the family kennel name. Betty and her husband Byron have been engaged with the Cane Corso breed for nearly ten years, having acquired her first Corso "Roscoe" more than nine years ago, after a year of study on the breed. Roscoe has gone on to become a Grand Champion, a National Specialty winner, and is included in the "Famous Cane Corso" section of the CCAA web site. Betty has owned and handled many of her own Corsi, including nationally recognized "Caesar" and "Samba."

Betty currently owns and co-owns more than fifteen Cane Corso, and has bred five litters of Corsi to date. Betty served two terms as the Director of Ethics and Grievances for the AKC Parent Club (CCAA), as well as acted as the AKC Liaison for the same. Betty is an approved AKC Judges Mentor for the Cane Corso breed. Betty was involved in many aspects of running the CCAA in her time as Board Member volunteering her time to sit on the Breed Education Committee which developed the Judges Education Materials for the AKC. Betty also helped produce the Quarterly Cane Corso Chronicle.

Recently, Betty was the Show Chairperson and Scribe for the 2010 & 2013 Rottweiler Club of Canada National Sieger Shows held in Calgary, Alberta.

Lesley ThomasVice President:
Lesley Thomas

My start in Cane Corsos was after meeting Betty & Byron Osing. I was showing my Chinese Cresteds and had just purchased for my husband a show quality Bullmastiff. My husband loved the look of the Corsos, so we started talking to Betty & Byron about possibly getting a pup for a companion for our Bullmastiff. Well, with no puppies currently available, they approached us about taking a 2 yr old female instead. Samba entered our life and began our love of the breed. I am still actively showing and breeding my Chinese Cresteds and have now opened our home to 3 Cane Corsos, 2 of which we are excited to begin showing in Canada. I look forward to helping the Canadian Cane Corso Club grow and hopefully be able to hold a national specialty in the near future.

Gwen Haynes - CCCA SecretarySecretary / Treasurer:
Gwen Haynes

My name is Gwen Haynes, and I have been an avid animal enthusiast all my life. While my primary breed of dog is not the Cane Corso, I am very involved in all aspects of the Rottweiler breed, including conformation, performance events, health and genetics, and rescue, in both the CKC and AKC domains. My working breed knowledge extends to the Cane Corso breed, as I have enjoyed significant exposure to the Cane Corso breed for nearly a decade, knowing a variety of Corso owners, breeders and handlers, as well as many high level Cane Corso. I have been directly involved in evaluating Cane Corso litters, temperament testing the same. During my time of involvement in the Rottweiler breed, I have enjoyed great success in both the conformation and performance venues. In addition to conformation events in the CKC, AKC, and Sieger worlds, I work my dogs in every performance venue available to the Rottweiler, including owning one of the few Schutzhund III Rottweilers in Canada.

In conjunction with training and trialing my own dogs, I also volunteer a large amount of my time to various All Breed dog clubs. I have been heavily involved in the preparation of National level events for the Rottweiler National Breed Club, various Sieger Clubs, as well as conducting various fun days, seminars, clinics, sanctioning and performance trials. I am currently the Treasurer for the Rottweiler Club of Canada, and have been for the past four years. I am also the Vice-President of CADF (Calgary Associated Dog Fancier's Association). I have been asked to sit on the City of Calgary's Responsible Dog Owner's committee, and we are currently working on Provincial-level legislation.

On top of my busy life with my dogs I also work full time as a Paralegal at a large law firm in the City of Calgary. When I am not working, training, and loving my dogs, I also volunteer my time with the Southern Alberta Rottweiler Rescue organization. I have even taken my work home, occasionally fostering dogs until permanent homes can be located. My devotion to the world of canine Working Breed dogs is immense, and although I do not personally own a Cane Corso at the current time, I wish to help the CCCA organization work toward becoming a great national breed club for Canada. As an aspect of that ambition, I wish to promote responsible ownership of the Cane Corso, as well as demonstrate to the world the versatility of this great breed! In relation to the same, I hope to lend my expertise in helping to organize performance events, fun days, clinics and seminars.

Rescue Liaison:
Clayton Thomas

As my wife stated, we became involved in Cane Corsos after meeting Betty & Byron and their dogs. Our family has actively been involved in rescue for many years, we were involved with ARF in Calgary, fostering over 350 dogs in 3 years. We did see a need for specific breed rescue, so we became involved in Bullmastiff rescue, becoming the Alberta rep for Canadian Bullmastiff Rescue. My wife became very involved with showing and breeding Chinese Cresteds, so we took on this breed as well. We started seeing a need for rare mastiff breed rescue as their wasn’t many people who knew the breeds and their specific needs, so we decided to concentrate on this. With more breed clubs who deal specifically with their own breed, the need for rare mastiff rescue wasn’t as great so we decided to concentrate on Cane Corsos and Chinese Cresteds our favorite breeds.

Jeanette Brown - CCAA Shows/TrialsShows/Trials
Prairie Regional Director:

Jeanette Brown

My purebred canine history is inter-generational, stemming from my Grandmother, Mother and Father, who have all bred and owned top winning show dogs of multiple breeds. My personal resume dates back to 1991 when my family decided to incorporate me into the family breeding program within Aramar Rottweilers. As a kennel, we produced several overall National CKC champions. Since that time, I have immersed myself holistically into the "Dog World" not only in Rottweilers, but also a wide variety of breeds. This passion enabled me to become a multi-award winning Junior Handler, then onward to apprenticing under Top Canadian & US Professional Handlers. With this experience, I have professionally handled numerous top tier large, small, and rare breeds alike, including the Cane Corso.

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I am a lifetime member of the Saskatoon Kennel and Obedience Club. Through this organization, I have been their annual show Superintendant, instructed confirmation classes, junior handling classes, along with completing many of their obedience seminars. Since I have recently relocated to Calgary, Alberta, this will allow me to continue my canine passion by working with the Canadian Cane Corso Association.

The Cane Corso breed became a particular interest to me in 2002, at which time I acquired two females from separate kennels, on a co-ownership basis with Byron & Betty Osing of Darkstone Kennel. This immaculate breed won my heart instantaneously, but also provided new and interesting challenges as a dog trainer and owner. The past eight years within the Cane Corso breed have allowed me to expand my horizons on many fronts, and I hope to enable new and current owners to understand, fully appreciate and better the breed.

On a professional level, I have worked in finance and the investment industry for over a decade. My career path has included achieving professional designations including the Financial Management Advisor (FMA), Life Under-Writer, and Derivatives/Options Trader. My current role is the Manager of the RBC Direct Investing Centre in downtown Calgary. I took this position after 6 years of tenure as an Associate Investment Advisor in Saskatoon at RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Shannon O'Briant - CCCA Working DirectorWorking:
Shannon O'Briant

My name is Shannon O'Briant. I am originally from sunny California, but have been living the last two years in Calgary, Alberta with my girlfriend and our family of Rottweilers. I have been heavily involved with the Rottweiler breed for the greater part of my life. My primary performance event background is the sport of Schutzhund. I have trained, titled and handled three of my Rottweilers in the sport of Schutzhund. My first Rottie, Apollo Von Duke Morganrott, was titled to SchH 1. My second Rottie, Apollo von Heindkenz, was Title to SchH 3 and we competed at many Schutzhund Regional and National Events. I also trained, titled and handled one of my female Rottweilers to a BST and BH. While I love training and trialing my dogs, I am also a certified helper for Schutzhund events by the organization known as "USA" (United Schutzhund Association). I have been a helper at various trials, and have enjoyed that aspect of the sport.

I have also been directly involved in organizing, assisting and working numerous Sieger shows (at both the National and Regional level), as well as several other related performance events, including Protection Tournaments. My area of experience and expertise, as stated, is in the field of Schutzhund. I have been a helper at many events and clubs and enjoy that aspect of the sport. Therefore, I have spent significant time involved at a high level in the sport, including the personal training and handling of many dogs with the specific temperament and ability to compete successfully in these events. Dogs that will succeed in Schutzhund and other high performance canine sports are not necessarily the easiest of canines to train, and therefore one must have specific knowledge, skills and experience to reach, train, and bond with these dogs successfully.

While I am not currently a Cane Corso owner, I have over the past two years had very significant exposure to the breed in the Calgary, Alberta region, and have learned a great deal about them via hands on experience. I hope to be able to lend my experience and expertise to the working aspects of the Cane Corso breed, and assist the CCCA Breed Club in promoting the workability, intelligence, drive, athletic ability, and flexibility of this great breed in a highly controlled and professional manner. I plan to assist the CCCA in whatever areas of the "working and performance" event world that this club would like to see the breed participate in successfully, and at the same time, promote knowledgeable, educated, and socially responsible ownership of the Cane Corso breed.

 

BC Regional Director: Debbie Wood - CCCA BC Regional Director

Debbie Wood

I have been involved passionately in the canine world all of my life. My first experience in the canine world was in Devon, Alberta, with Adele Foley and Kyladie Kennels. Surrounded by Rottweilers, English Cocker Spaniels and Standard Poodles, it was an invaluable teaching ground for me at such a very young age. The conformation, obedience and general care of animals took my passion of dogs to another level for the rest of my life.

Alaskan Malamutes became the breed of choice for me in the canine world. Conformation, obedience, sledding and skijouring became a part of my life for about eight years. We achieved several International, Canadian Championships, and sledding at several different events raising money for sick children throughout BC.

The Cane Corso caught my interest, due to their strong working drive, athletic ability and all around great companion dog. That is when my first Corso adopted me and captured my heart about ten years ago. We are currently loving and doing obedience, tracking, conformation and working towards our Therapy Dog titles. I am also currently involved with the BCSPCA, and the Cariboo Kennel Club, educating and sharing the love of the Cane Corso and working dogs in general.

Being very involved within the canine world, it is no surprise that for most of my career that I have been with the BCSPCA, in Kelowna, BC and the Animal Control later on in Kelowna. The other spin on my career still involving animals, was a vet assistant for a few years. Although I moved away from the animal field for a while and endeavoured different careers I am now passionately involved again with the Animal Control in the City of Williams Lake. Also organizing several volunteer events, responsible pet ownership programs and educating the public in general on animal responsibility for the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake BCSPCA. Fostering, assisting and assessing some of the dogs for the Williams Lake SPCA is also very rewarding for me when we do find forever homes. The behaviour of dogs is an ongoing study and element in my life of dogs to further understand our beloved breed, the canine in general and how our relationships intertwine.


Ontario Regional Director:
Marie DuBois

Quebec Regional Director:
 

Atlantic Regional Director:
Andy Campbell
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