How it all began
Coolaminda kennels was established after the loss of two old friends, my tan & white Mini Foxies aged 15 & 13 years. In the effort to find a new puppy I found that the tan and white Mini Foxie had become quite rare because there were so few people breeding the elegant, long legged type of foxie I had owned. After many inquiries, I finally contacted the Mini Foxie Club of Australia (MFCA) and was placed on a waiting list for a tan and white female puppy.
Since then my passion for the little dogs has resulted in becoming a Mini Foxie breeder in order to preserve the true, tan & white Mini Foxie type. There are many back yard breeders claiming to breed Mini Foxies and during my search to find a Mini Foxie puppy, I saw everything from a Heinz-variety Jack Russell cross to a Chihuahua cross being presented as a Mini Foxie.
My love affair with the Mini Foxie breed started in 1992 after I became the owner of Sassy, a delightful tan and white Mini Foxie. My husband had often talked of the exploits of a tan & white Mini Foxie he had once owned called Brownie who had faithfully accompanied ‘the boss’ to work in the bush for
many years.The tale was told of a particular afternoon when Brownie and the boss
were walking along a bush track on the way home from work. Suddenly, Brownie
startled a scrub turkey and took off into the bush after it. The boss called and
waited in vain, but Brownie was in hot pursuit and had adopted selective hearing.
Eventually, as it was getting dark and fearing that the dog was lost or had been
taken by a dingo, the boss with a heavy heart, dropped the beanie he was wearing
onto the track to mark the place where Brownie was last seen and continued
home. As he made his way to work the next morning, there in the frost, curled up
on the beanie was Brownie. Needless to say, the boss was delighted to have his
The boss had suggested at times that we might get a tan & white but as I had never owned a Mini Foxie and had always had larger breeds, particularly the Australian Kelpie on the farm, I was not enthusiastic. Then I met Sassy.....
Sassy was 6 months old. She had been a companion dog for a woman suffering from cancer who was in remission and wanted to travel so Sassy needed to be re-homed and we had decided that she would be a suitable companion for my husband’s elderly mother. Well; Sassy arrived at our farm, jumped down out of the ute, ran across the yard and jumped up into my arms. I was smitten! Needless to say, Sassy stayed with
us and the Mini Foxie love affair began.
Sassy’s most endearing trait was her cute smile with her lips pulled back in a doggy grimace and all her white teeth showing. It was the funniest thing to see. There is nothing like a Mini Foxie to keep you laughing! She
had pretty, folded down ears and was loyal, intelligent and affectionate with the most expressive face I have ever seen on a dog. I could almost tell what she was thinking.
Later, there were puppies and a daughter named Miffy was kept as
a companion for Sassy. Miffy was a delightful creature, affectionate
and full of cuddles. She was intelligent, fine and athletic and would
stand up on her back legs and dance and spin in a clockwise
direction for a treat. (Her mum, Sassy was only ever able to spin
slowly in an anticlockwise direction due to her love of food!) Miffy
loved nothing better than a cuddle and never missed an opportunity
to be picked up and nestle in my arms with her head tucked under
my chin. If I was in the garden watering, Miffy was there begging to
be picked up. Most of the watering was done with Miffy in my arms!
Needless to say I was heartbroken when my two loyal girls finally died and so began the search for another tan & white Mini Foxie ...... and the rest is history.