Involved with the Portuguese Water Dog since 2005, Kathy has become very passionate about the PWD, seeking to follow in the foot steps of the great ambassadors who protected and saved the breed a mere 30 years ago.   She is a full/active member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America and has high standards regarding health testing, proper socialization and nutrition.  She believes a breeding should ONLY take place when seeking to improve the next generation.  Through research, breedings are carefully planned while taking into consideration health, structure, movement and temperament.  The dogs are a labor of love, and they share her life with joy and happy tails!  

​       To take you back through the history of Kathy's "dog life" - she began showing dogs when she was 12 years old.  Before the age of 21 she owned, bred and/or finished over 20 champions and even spent a year working as a live-in kennel and show assistant to Professional Handlers Tom & Andrea Glassford.  A successful junior handler, she also qualified for Westminster's LIMIT class before the age of 17.   She began with Brittanys, and bred and showed under the prefix "Bent Oak" before heading off to college.  She also showed Beagles and Pointers.

       Kathy's dog show days slowed down as college and adulthood approached.  In 1993 she married her husband, Greg, who was a pilot in the US Navy.  With multiple duty stations and cross-country relocations throughout the next 12 years, the Maguire's shared their home with 2 Doberman Pinschers and seldom attended dog shows. 
       Kathy developed the "itch" to get back into dog shows as retirement loomed on the horizon. She researched several different breeds, and in early 2005 while browsing the web, she came across the personality description of the Portuguese Water Dog. It seemed like the perfect match and a brand new journey began!  It wasn't long before "Liza" became a part of the family, and Kathy was right back into the dog show world like she never left.  (Kathy trains, grooms and handles her own dogs).

            Kathy attended the esteemed "Art Center College of Design" in Pasadena, California and is passionate about great photography, web and advertising design.  She has spent the majority of her career working in Marketing and Business Development in the Golf industry, primarily with the PGA TOUR and with their TPC properties in Michigan and Las Vegas.   She enjoys the environment, but personally does not play the game.  In the summer of 2015 she moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee which she presently calls home.

    With a very limited breeding program since 2007 she has bred 25 PWD Champions. While living in Michigan she was the President of the Great Lakes regional club for several years and has served on several National Specialty Committees for the PWDCA.  Additionally, she was chosen to "step inside the ring" and judge sweepstakes competitions at two regional specialties while living on the west coast.  In 2018 she had the honor of traveling to Canada to judge the Sweepstakes competition at the PWD Club of Canada National Specialty.  Kathy enjoys mentoring PWD enthusiasts and is always eager to share her knowledge with newcomers.  A fanatic for structure, type and movement, she is a passionate forever student of the breed.

    If you are on Facebook, we encourage you to join the Patriot Portuguese Water Dog Group to share in the camaraderie of our PWD owners where all of our puppy families interact with stories about their dogs and how owning a Water Dog has changed her life!
Kathy and her first show dog, 
Ch. Bent Oak's Secret Formula
going Best of Winners
January, 1982
"Rocky" was Kathy's Junior Handling dog
and very best friend, he lived to be 14
Kathy with her last breeder/owner
handled Brittany champion, 
Ch. Bent Oak's Always and Forever Finished with two 5-point
Specialty majors
(January, 1989)
Kathy with her first breeder/owner
handled champion
Ch. Bent Oak's Just Because
October, 1983
"Jonas" became the foundation stud dog for
the famed "Jordean" Kennels of
Andrea and the late Dennis Jordan - -
he sired over 50 champions
      About  Kathy
     About  Kathy
Kathy (12 yrs. old) and Rocky (6 months old)
pictured at  their very first show - 
Central Ohio Kennel Club, November 1980
A trip down memory lane...

Judging Sweepstakes at the
Rio Salgado Specialty
March 2012
Judging Sweepstakes at the
Canadian National Specialty
May 2018
Judging Sweepstakes at the
Northern California Specialty
October 2012
Kathy handling Phoebe
 to Best Bred by Exhibitor in Breed
AKC National Championship 2010
Kathy outside the ring at an All-Breed show
 with Capone in 2016
on the way to earning his Championship
Best Puppy In Show
All Breed Dog Show
October 2010