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  The Home of Quality Gordon Setters

Having been brought up with Farm Dogs, and having a Chihuahua and a Fox Terrier as Family Pets, I was then introduced to Gordon Setters in 1986, when I was given a pup for my birthday.  'Max' life was short, and soon after we lost him, his Breeder offered us an older English Setter to help fill the gap............ In 1991 the enjoyment and love of these two Setter breeds was taken a step further and into the show ring, and soon after American Cocker Spaniels join us through our close friendship with the late Robyn Baylis of Fleckwood Kennels.     In 1999, an English Pointer joined us from our good friends at Chesterhope Kennels.   I continue to have a love of the Pointer breed, and still have one living with us.

2001 brought about a relocation and a change of lifestyle and kennel name.  Azzaro was born, named after BIS, BISS Ch Fleckwood Azzaro, my first home bred Gordon Setter, - successfully handled in the show ring, until we sadly lost him at 8yrs young.

I had previously shown and bred under the banner of Fleckwood Kennels.

NZ CH AZZARO SWEET NOSTALGIA - 'Rihanna' winning BEST IN SHOW at the Gordon Setter Club Victoria, Australia Championship Show, 03/11/13
Handled by her co-owner Esther Joseph of Triseter Kennels.

Azzaro Kennels is situated on 2.5 acres in Levin,  a town with an estimated population of 19,550.  Levin is on State Highway 1 and the North Island Main Trunk railway, 90 kilometres north of Wellington, 50 kilometres south of Palmerston North.

As well as having our own Cats and Dogs, I was also ooking after others while Owners were unable to, and also Centre Manager & Animal Welfare Inspector for Horowhenua SPCA.    This all changed for me in April 2007.   I was involved in a car accident that meant some months in Hospital, and then the long and extensive rehab while in a wheelchair and learning to walk again.
In May 2010, we purchased what was then known as Levin Boarding Kennels & Cattery, now known as Azzaro Boarding Kennels & Cattery.

I have made some wonderful friends through my involvement with Dogs, and am grateful for the encouragement and support many have given me over the years, and espically since my Accident.   In particular my Husband Ernie, who is always there as my number one Supporter, and to the 'girls' and Trent, who help make up 'Show Team Azzaro'.    To my good friends in Australia, who have entrusted me with, or given me access to their beautiful dogs sent to me over the years,  I am, and will be, forever grateful.  Without this support, Azzaro would not be where it is today.   Thanks Heaps Guys!

I am currently on the NZ Kennel Club Open Show Judging Panel. 

I hope you enjoy our website as much as I have enjoyed putting it together,
Karen Leslie
 last updated 21 June 2018





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