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Andi Christensen and FireStarter Kennels

BIG NEWS!  Andi gets elected by the Midwest membership to a seat on the Board of Directors for the American Brittany Club, to start Jan 1, 2014!

Andi’s family got their first Brittany when she was around 4 years old. She started showing in breed rings and in Junior Showmanship with German Shorthaired Pointers before she was ten years old. The Christensen family also participated in NSTRA, Colorado Gun Dog, hunt tests, and field trials.

Neighbors saw how well their dogs were trained and started sending their dogs to stay with them for "boot camp". Andi would keep the dogs in her room at night to work on their crate training. Andi’s mother, Tracy Haines (then Christensen) worked on basic obedience during the day, and Andi would help continue training when school was out.

Andi got to help with the Christensens' first two Brittany litters. One was out of their first Brittany named Buddy, and another sired by their dog, DC Sunnyvale Point of Interest, JH, "Luke" (shown at left). Tracy showed Luke to his CH, and he earned both his JH and his FC, making him an 8th generation Dual Champion. Andi’s dog Dylan is out of this litter.

When Andi was 14, she started running Dylan (FC Making R-Point, shown at right with Andi) in puppy and derby stakes at field trials. Little did they know that he was going to be the biggest running true All Age Brittany any of them had ever owned. While Andi would handle him, she’d see him 3 hills away, "sing" to him, all with tears in her eyes in fear she was going to lose him! Dylan quickly got all of his juvenile points and collected a lot of placements, but he was the only derby at the time that needed a scout for a call back!
 

Right after college Andi got a Dutch shepherd named Tali (shown at left) that she trained for obedience and every trick in the book. Her friends and family were impressed with how well she behaved that they started leaving their dogs with her overnight or for days at a time so she could work with them.

In the past few years, Andi has started FireStarter Kennels, and is continuing to enjoy and compete in shows, hunt tests, and field trials with her own Brittanys.

 

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