My name is Kate Raymond and I am based in Gawler, South Australia. Dogs and dog shows have always been part of my life, I can recall eagerly awaiting the day that I turned 7 years old so that I could finally compete in Junior Handling competitions! I work in the stunning Barossa Valley as an Account Manager for CCL Label, looking after the packaging requirements of some of Australia’s most famous wine brands. During the weekends that I’m not at shows with our dogs, I also love competing on my horses in Dressage.
My mother Anne and I, breed and show our beautiful German Shorthaired Pointers under the Valache prefix (which pre-dates me in age!), and for the last 15 years I have also been lucky enough to own and handle our beautiful Dobermanns. We mostly attend shows in the Metropolitan Adelaide area, but I also love our road trips (complete with epic singing in the car) to several of the larger interstate shows. Like most dog show kids, I made a number of friends in my early days as a junior. While we’ve all grown up, and several have moved interstate, dog shows are the one thing that keeps us together, and catching up with them at shows both here and around Australia is one of the things I love the most about our sport.
As my dogs are all smooth coated there isn’t much that can be trimmed or shaped, so it’s absolutely imperative that their coats are in perfect condition all year round. Plush Puppy uses only the highest quality ingredients that I know are 100% safe for our dogs, and the range of products available means that we can customise a grooming routine specifically for each dog, depending on their individual needs. The one product I could not live without would have to be the Seabreeze Oil. It keeps the coat shiny and conditioned, without altering the texture which is so important for both the GSP’s and the Dobermanns. Plush Puppy always gives our dogs the shine that we need to stand out in the ring, and that’s proven by the number of top winning show dogs all over the world who also prepare and present their dogs with Plush Puppy.