Who we are
How we started
Our Life with bassets
Mary & Ron Lukins
pictured with CH Desiree Acres Dexter & GCHB Desiree Acres Ichabod
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 (Cecilia)
I am handling Cecilia's daughter
Ch. Houndsville Melody in D Major (Melody)
Click on our photo to see the
Original 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~|
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
Cecil and Hooty
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
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.
Wilson, 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 HootyHave 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
Cecil 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
Foster & Scout ~ Sunny & Minnie ~ Dash & Maddie
we decided to
breed our first litter since
and went into partnership with our friend Amy Solomon,
who co-owned the
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
Beamer 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
Foster and Ch. Desiree
litter was truly a breeder's dream come true, with 4 of
the six puppies
earning their championships ~ with multi-Specialty, multi-5
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
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
CHAMPIONS 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 ~
we began importing bloodlines from Europe, first from Carla Gerber of
Sunebring of Swede
Sun. These beautiful dogs have already brought a
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
To see additional photos and pedigrees
of English Rose "Ziggy", Qarlie, Diplomat and Dazzler
Click on the "EuroDog" link
|Our 2008 Litter ~ |
The Sweetness & Light Pack