Thank you for visiting Davis Wheatens. We thought you might like to learn more about us and how we got started raising Soft Coated Wheatens.
A Wheaten Terrier came into my life at one of the most difficult and darkest times of my life. I had recently lost both of my beloved parents to lingering illness; I had ended a long career in politics as an elected official in a large county in northern California, by being brutally assaulted at gunpoint in my darkened garage, by a deranged member of a militia group. After torment of the subsequent trial of nine defendants, and the storm of national publicity, I found myself empty, alone, traumatized and depressed. My faith, and the love of family, friends and God were the only things that kept me going.
I felt I needed a companion and personal protection dog. My parents were breeders of Rotweillers at one time, so I called a lady I thought might be able to helm me find a Rotweiller puppy. The lady told me she had a litter of puppies, but they were not Rotweillers, they were... Wheaten Terriers. I decided I’d just go “look” at this litter but probably would not buy one. This decision changed my life forever!
Seven of the most adorable puppies I had ever seen. I sat down on the ground with them and they all went to huddle together in a corner, except one little bundle of brown fur with a black nose. He ambled right toward me with his little tail going at machine gun pace and I knew I had found my “protection” dog, four pounds of pure love on four paws… and “he chose me!”
He looked just like a little bear, so I named him, “Kodiak.” My little tail-wagger was to teach me how to love life again. And what an intelligent puppy. He was the star of his puppy training class and potty training was a breeze! I was lonely no more for he followed me everywhere and he loved being on my lap or curled up at my feet. Pure love and devotion, he was a friend when I needed one most. My little sweetie Wheatie was not my “whole life,” but as the saying goes, he made my life whole again. A light was shining in my life, and it was soft and silky and the color of a beautiful field of wheat blowing in the wind!
It’s amazing what changes God may have ahead for us in life when we least expect it. My daughter-in-law was working with a dentist that she thought was a great guy, so I met him for a cup of coffee one cold December evening. We talked for hours, and a few days later, when George came over to meet Kodiak, that little wheat colored tail was going like crazy. Kodi was letting me know that this guy was ok.
George and I were married and the three of us were a family. Things didn’t seem quite complete, so soon Molly, our little female Wheaten joined our life. Kodiak taught Molly all about being a good Wheaten Terrier. Being cute, loving and devoted just came natural, but Kodi taught her to announce visitors, how to attack vacuum cleaners, bark at trash trucks, how to ride in a car with your head out the window (wearing doggles) and how to sleep on your back with your paws up in the air.
When it came time for Molly to be a mom, we needed to find just the right dog for her, since Kodi had been fixed. We looked long and hard for “Mr. Right” and the search too us to Phoenix, Arizona where we found a great Wheaten named “Bo.” He had a great Wheatie disposition, he was handsome. He was also quite athletic. As we approached his home, while Molly was in heat, we watched with awe as Bo scaled an 8 foot fence with ease! In time, there came eight little Wheaten puppies. Molly turned out to be a great little mom; those little ones were loved and licked to within an inch of their lives!
During this time, Kodi became a certified therapy dog. Wheatens excel in this type of work. He was also a great “Uncle Kodi” to the puppies.
George and I enjoyed Molly’s puppies too. It was a joy to watch them discover things like the sun, wind, grass and flowers and everything new. They learned to play and socialize with one another, but most importantly, they learned to love and trust their human “mom and dad”. They learned to love being held, hugged, stroked and talked to. They discovered the joy and comfort of belonging to a human family! When it came time to place them with their new families, we hated to see our “Grand-dogs” leave! Of course, Kodi and Molly helped make sure there was no empty spot in our hearts!
At about this time, our breeder friend in Phoenix had a litter with a very special little male puppy by Molly’s boyfriend, “Bo”. The puppy had show potential, and since we thought his dad was so exceptional, Clancey became part of our “Wheaten Pack”.
Clancey, with his energy, love for affection, and overall bright personality, soon became an important member of our family. Molly, true to her nature, saw Clancey as one of her babies that needed love and attention. Kodi thought this little guy was fun to play with as long as he knew who was the leader of the pack, himself!
Unfortunately, Kodiak had been having severe leg and pack pain and eventually, after long discussions with his vet, it was determined that the most heart rendering decision was at hand. We had done all that could be done for him, and it was clear that we would loose our beloved companion.
After time, our hearts began to mend; our spirits lifted by our mourning. Kodi lives on in our hearts, and we are certain that when we go to be with the Lord in Heaven, the first one to greet us will be our special boy with a tail wagging like Heaven has never seen!
Molly has had two more beautiful litters of puppies. Clancey has grown up to be a handsome dog, and will soon begin competing in dog shows with one of the country’s top Terrier handlers. Molly is working to compete in agility. Both are working to gain acceptance as specially trained “therapy dogs”. Both dogs enjoy obedience work. Clancey begins work in learning to “track scents” this summer.
Our Wheatens add so much to our lives. They love to wrestle with our grandson Austin and play ball or go into the wading pool with our other grandson, Ryan.
We have shared moments with them running in the surf at Carmel, walking in the silence of the Redwoods and running/leaping with sheer joy on deserted beaches in Oregon. The best of all is just times spent lying next to us or at our feet just being our companions.
George has retired after 35 years in the dentistry and we have decided to devote our time to Wheaten Terriers. We are committing ourselves to bettering this breed and to helping other individuals and families to know and enjoy the wonderful gift that Wheatens bring to life.
We have recently purchased a little girl Wheaten who has wonderful championship lines that will join our family soon.
On behalf of the Davis Wheatens (known in our hearts as Kodiak Kennels), Clancey, Molly and our new baby girl, invite you to become part of the Wonderful World of Wheatens.
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