1992 was an
eventful year for the Binick family as Vada left her marketing career
a stay-at-home mom for son Jonathan.
Vada at home, we also could add a pet companion to our family. We
researched dog breeds
and decided the
American Eskimo Dog was the breed for us.
AKC had not yet accepted eskies into its registry at that time,
the Eskie was all that we had hoped for.
the spring of 1992 we chanced to meet an Arizona
breeder and his Eskie at a local AKC show.
we first went to visit their Eskie litter
they had for
sale we had planned to purchase a female pet companion for our
family. There was a litter of five 5 week
old puppies of
which two were females. We watched them play in the
backyard that windy
cold afternoon in Northern
Arizona and we
were told that the only dog which would be sold as a show dog was a
played with the whole litter and one of the girls just made
home in the crook of Vada's arm, beaming with love at her
owner. They spent a lot of time together, the little female
cradled in Vada's arm Of course, this was
the show quality
female which could only be sold to a show home.
the rational side of us won out and we placed our deposit for the pet
female. After saying our goodbyes and making our
way to the car, I asked Vada if she was
going to keep on
wondering for the rest of her life how that loving little
out. She said yes. We figured showing dogs
couldn't be that
all, “How hard could it
be to show a dog?!” we said.
back and agreed that we would show the little
After Nikki came home with us, we
found much needed training and help through the local Arizona American
a member of the club
and she, too, was training an Eskie show puppy.
longstanding friendship developed as the three of us took our puppies
to handling classes and dog shows.
had taken the family from Phoenix
and a home on a small bit of
room for dogs, we
decided to breed our next champion show dog.
contacted Kim Galloway of Sun Shadows American Eskimos in Atlanta,
outstanding show dog “Asia,”
had just produced
a litter of five.
drove 1800 miles to Atlanta
4th weekend to pick up two female puppies.
As dog shows
became a big part of our lives, Vada approached Kit with the idea of
in a kennel.
“KI” from Kit’s name and
Vada’s name were combined to form the word Kiva, the place in
Indian lore from
which the gods emerged.
described our kennel well as our puppy owners have treated their little
like gifts from heaven.
that little turn of events way back in 1992 and life choices
we’ve made to this
current date the whole direction of our lives have changed. Where
we live, the cars we
vacations we take, and the friends we have and even our retirement
and I mean EVERYTHING in our lives
is so much different from what we could ever have imagined!
~ Jim &
Vada Binick ~
Kit Kelly ~