We are Mike and Lynn McCallum and we live in Morada (Stockton), California on two acres. We have been married more than 20 years and live with our sons and seven dogs.
Mike is a currently (2020) on the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, and is a professor of chemistry at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Lynn is a manager at a management-consulting firm in Sacramento. Our oldest of three sons is recently out of the Army, and our other two sons attend the University of the Pacific.
We have always owned and been involved with purebred dogs, including Doberman Pinchers and Labrador Retrievers in our younger years and Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Portuguese Water Dogs currently. Our dogs have always been a huge part of our family and are treated as family members. They are all inside dogs and race to claim their spots on the couches and beds or in the pool.
As our boys have gotten older, we have been able to incorporate other activities into our lives besides just soccer, baseball, and basketball! Now, when we aren’t going to our boys’ activities, we are participating in lots of activities with our dogs. In 2008, we began showing our dogs in AKC conformation events to have fun with our dogs and to try our hand at earning championships on the dog. We like to have fun showing our dogs as a family and have been lucky in having good success in doing so.
Mike and Lynn with Julie and Ty Rust at the 2012 PWDCA national specialty in WI, with Rucker, Abbie, Avery, and Willie.
In addition to conformation events, we have been practicing in performance venues as well, including obedience, rally, agility, and water. These events take patience and practice so we are still working on getting some titles!
In 2011, we decided to breed our first litter of Portuguese Water Dogs with our friends, mentors, and co-breeders Julie and Ty Rust from Rustyco Portuguese Water Dogs. This litter was amazing and has produced four AKC champions including Abbie, who was the 2013 PWDCA National Specialty Winners Bitch. We will have future litters but our first will always be special. We will always remain a very small hobby breeder that produces very few but high quality family dogs with excellent temperament, conformation, and breed type.
Now that we have shared with you our interest and the types of activities we participate in, the most important piece of information you should take away with you from our “About Us” page is that we love our dogs and they are our family members first and foremost. We try to have fun and actively engage with our canine family members through lots of different types of events as well as just our day-to-day life of walks and swimming in the pool. It is important to us that individuals with whom we build a relationship through our dogs hold the same commitment to their dogs that we do with ours.