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Mary & Ron Lukins
with CH Desiree Acres Dexter & GCHB Desiree Acres Ichabod
 Mary ~
 My involvement with Basset Hounds began in 1971 when my mother, Kati Netzley, and I started breeding and showing bassets
using the Desiree Acres kennel name. "Old timer" basseteers may remember some of our champions, they are still in the pedigrees of
dogs being shown today, including our current champions.

In those days our dogs went back to the old Santa Mandevelle bloodlines. Though we now breed on a VERY  limited basis
(we typically breed a litter every 2 to 5 years)
we still strive to produce dogs with the the traits we fell in love with
and feel are so important to the breed -
soundness, size, substance, bone, type and temperament

The 1973 photo above shows me and "Melody" winning our very first trophy
This 1975 win photo shows my mom Kati with our first basset
Ch. Gingerbread's Highland Fling

I am handling Cecilia's daughter

Ch. Houndsville Melody in D Major
Click on our photo to see the
Desiree Acres Hounds from the 70's & 80's

I have always believed that my involvement with the these wonderful dogs has brought me all of the best things  in my life, including my husband Ron~
Ron ~
I purchased my first basset in 1982
while attending graduate school in San Diego.
I began training "Goofy"  in Obedience where I was encouraged to join
 the Basset Hound Club
of Southern California
When I met Mary in 1984 I had no idea that Basset Hounds and the sport of dogs were to become a major factor in my life.
Steeped in the comfort and history of Kati Netzley's "Hound Den"
I not only courted my future wife,
but found the spark of a new life-long interest.

That long ago spark has developed into my current passion -
I am now an AKC licensed judge and, in 2017, became qualifyed
 to judge the Hound Group

I have also been Group Leader for the Camarillo Hospice Pet Loss Group as well as an active member of the Ventura County Dog Fanciers where I was awarded the AKC Sportsman of the Year.
The 1985 photo above shows me with my first basset Goofy's Hopeful Love CD winning our first leg in Obedience
We met at the 1984 Basset Hound Club of So. California Christmas Party
and recently celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary

The1970's and 1980's ~ Click "PAST HOUNDS" 
to see the original Desiree Acres pack
The1990's ~
Cecil and Hooty  

Our original hounds were beautiful, sound and healthy, but alas, not very fertile. After having our last bitch spayed in 1996, we purchased Cecil and Hooty from
Jan Kano of Arrowhead Bassets
We had seen their sire, Ch. Woodhaven's Wallstreet CDX (Wilson)
, finish his championship at the BHCSC Specialty the year before and very much admired his size, type and style.
, owned by Loren and Peggy Cooper, was quite the celebrity for many reasons, not
the least of which is his famous "jumping Basset" photo.

Ch. Arrowheads Saint Cecil                                Arrowheads Hoodlum Hooty
Have you ever seen a basset laugh?                                                                   His nickname was "Tree Stumps"

We were not disappointed ~
Cecil went on to become the
1997 and 1998
BHCSC Dog of The Year & Stud Dog of The Year
Bred to Kevin Whelan's
Ch Symphony's Ovation
produced 6 champions, including the top winning 
Ch. Symphony's Maestro
and Ch. Symphony's Diva,
 as well as
Ch. Symphony's All that Jazz
and is
the grandsire of International Multiple Best in Show winner
Ch. Morningwoods Beaumount

The 2000's ~
Foster & Scout
~ Sunny & Minnie ~ Dash & Maddie
In 2001 we decided to breed our first litter since 1989, and went into partnership with our friend Amy Solomon, who co-owned the Cecil daughter, Ch. Symphony's All that Jazz (otherwise known as Odie). As a sire we chose Ch. Rebelglen's Beamer ROM who was bred and owned by Jo NewMeyer of Rebelglen Bassets.
still carried some of the old
Santana  Mandeville
, Oranpark and Desiree Acres bloodlines, and even at the age of 10 was still producing champion offspring.
We raised Odie's litter of 6 puppies and had the most fun we have had since we can remember.

We kept a male & female, Foster & Scout

Ch. Desiree Acres Foster and Ch. Desiree Acres Scout
This litter was truly a breeder's dream come true, with 4 of the six puppies earning their championships ~ with multi-Specialty, multi-5 point major, multi-Best of Breed, Best Opposite and Sweepstakes wins ~ and ALL Breeder Owner Handled!

We were also very pleased to be able to re-connect with our longtime friends Walt & Vickie Ross ~Ch. Desiree Acres Sunbeamer (Sunny) became the queen of the Ross household while
Dash and Maddie became the adored "fur childern" of Rebecca (Dash) and Nancy (Maddy) 

went on to become a


 Best in Show Winner!

CLICK on "Show News" link to see win photos of
Foster, Scout, Sunny & Minnie
                           April 2001 - August 2011
Described as a "Rock Star" of the basset world

Foster touched the hearts
 of basset lovers around the world
Click on his  photo to see the tribute page
for this wonderful hound

Our Sweet and Glorious Foster, Scout, Sunny, Minnie, Dash and Maddy~ you live on forever in our hearts ~ We look to the day we will see you all again at the Rainbow Bridge
In 2002 ~
The EuroDogs 
In 2002 we began importing bloodlines from Europe, first from Carla Gerber of Hollandheim, then from Paula Sunebring of Swede Sun. These beautiful dogs have already brought a very positive influence to the show ring, our breeding program and to Southern California.
We first imported Ch. English Rose V. Hollandheim as a puppy. We later began a partnership with Steve & Jeffie Casey
, who co-own Ch. Swede Sun Qarla, Diplomat & Dazzler Van Hollandheim

                     Ch. English Rose          Ch. Qarlie           Grand Ch. Diplomat              Dazzler

To see additional photos and
of English Rose "Ziggy", Qarlie, Diplomat and Dazzler
Click on the "EuroDog" link

Our 2008 Litter ~
The Sweetness & Light Pack 
Born October 22, 2008
Sire: Ch. Helix Lincoln of Rebelglen
Dam:  Desiree Acres Razberi Zinger ROM

 2 Sisters are CHAMPIONS~
See "2008 Pups" & "Show News" for photos
Our 2010 Litter ~ 
The Tonka Toy Boys
Born September 30, 2010
Sire:  Ch. Diplomat Van Hollandheim
Desiree Acres Razberi Zinger ROM

 3 of these Boys are CHAMPIONS

See "2010 Pups" and "Show News" for photos

Desiree Acres Bassets Breeder Owner Handled . . . . . . . . . . . . Always

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