My name is Julie Voetberg and I live in Chehalis, WA, with Skip, my husband of nearly 35 years, and 3 of our 7 children. We live on a hobby farm and keep cattle, pigs, and chickens, etc. We have home- schooled all our kids and spent years actively participating in local 4H, including showing our dachshunds.
We spent a number of years in Ghana doing missionary work and traveled to and from Africa through Europe. About 10 years ago a photo of a Kooikerhondje in a book drew me to the breed. When we decided to settle permanently in Washington State, we searched for a puppy, finally adopting our first Kooikerhondje puppy, Yanni. Briar is now the second Kooiker living with us. Both dogs are nearly through the health testing process, and Yanni has had a taste of agility and loves it! We hope to be with both dogs in the agility rings.
I look forward to promoting this breed as well as I can, particularly helping with “meet the breeds,” fall frolics and similar activities. I especially enjoyed participating in the Seattle show and the Northwest gathering this past fall, and I would like to help plan future events. As a KCUSA board member last year I was given a portfolio which included fundraising for the club and I enjoyed working on this with the other board members and the president. We have created the list of special 2015 promo items, which you can see on the KCUSA web page. I am also involved with the silent auction coming up in Houston during the KCUSA’s annual show. I would love to keep working for our Kooikerhondje breed and Kooikerhondje Club and assist in having our breed gain full AKC recognition and stay true to its Dutch origins.