*** We are currently semi-retired from breeding but still show our boys at times. We miss being fully into "the secne" and time wil tell if we fully return or simply continue to follow our dogs that are owned and shown by others and the gorgeous Papillons of other breeders as they go through their show careers.
Crown Jewel Papillons is a small family kennel. We show and breed Papillons and strive for the best breed representation for the ring and for our litters. We are members of the Papillon Club of America and the Papillon Club of Tulsa.
Although our entry into the world of Papillons is fairly recent (2004) when compared to many breeders, we’ve made some wonderful friends and gained a lot of knowledge from all who have served as mentors over the past few years. There are many. You know who you are – and we thank you with all our hearts, each and every one!
I adopted my first pet Papillon, Baillee, in 2000. As Papillon owners and lovers will tell you, it was all downhill from there. As they say in the potato chip ads - you can't have just one! I fell in love with the breed and obtained a female in 2002. Then I met CH Caratoot’s Charlemagne’s Crown CD RA NAJ (Charley) and his owners, Bill and Sally Bacus, who became very close friends and mentors. I was bitten by the “show bug”.
Crown Jewel Papillons officially started on Valentine’s Day, 2004. Early that morning, lots of gorgeous fluffy snowflakes were coming down and actually sticking to the ground and we had a plane to catch to Chicago (would you believe, here we were in the heart of Texas, and we wake up to a heavy snowstorm!). We were picking up our new female puppy - Caratoot’s Crème de Cacao (CoCo) - who was arriving from Sweden (Caratoot’s Kennel, Kaj Ganger). Everything was covered with white - I think we ended up with 8 inches that morning, making the streets a bit slick and delaying things at the airport due to de-icing. Thank goodness we had allowed a lot of time at both ends.
We met Jane Lohmeyer at the Chicago airport. Her husband, Chuck, was bringing CoCo and her sister Cleo (the Lohmeyer’s new puppy), to the states. When Chuck came out of Customs and we opened the crate to get the pups out, it was love all around. We immediately fell for CoCo and I think she was so glad to get out of that crate after the long flight that she would have claimed anyone who rescued her! CoCo was our first show dog foundation bitch for our small kennel. Jane and Chuck became immediate friends and have been among those so kindly mentoring us. Cleo is CH Caratoot’s Classic Challenge.
We now live in Irvine CA where we moved to be close to my son and his family. We love the beauty and climate of this area but miss many things and people back "home".. Our Paps are members of our family. They are raised in the house - and think they rule the roost (and sometimes I wonder if that's more fact than fiction!).