Oral History Project

Interview with Laura Henson – 2019

The Kaplar prefix of Laura Henson has long been familiar to the fancy. With over 200 champions mostly breeder/owner/handled by Laura herself, Laura has been a mentor and friend to many within the breed for decades. Inducted into the ASC Hall of Fame in 2004, what started with a family pet over 50 years ago for the Henson family on the West coast and progressed from those initial breeding, has left a mark unprecedented in contribution to the breed.  While a serious competitor in the ring, Laura is well known at the shows for being ever ready with thinning shears and scissors to share her trimming expertise when asked. A mom to three daughters, second mom and a dear friend to many, a great cook, and an excellent baker, Laura shares in this interview her memories and learnings from her many decades in the breed. (30 minutes)

Interview with Tom O’Neil 2018

Famous for his Dreamridge Particolor Cockers,   Tom O’Neil and his Hall of Fame partner handler Ron Fabis became synonymous for beautiful type and quality   Cockers for decades in the last half of the 20th century.  An ASC Life member, former ASC President and friend to many, in this interview Tom shares some of the highlights of his decades of success within the breed and some of the things he learned along the way. (28 minutes)

Interview with Bill Mixon 2018

(Pictured above Bill & Cindy, Hot Rod Lincoln with Cindy and Bill’s Parents in 40’s and 50″s with their companion cockers)

With a love for cockers since childhood, Bill Mixon and his wife Cindy bred cockers under the Denali Cockers prefix for over 30 years. Breeder of 32 US champions and many more in foreign countries, for the past 13 years Bill has been a licensed judge. He is a life member of ASC, member of  the Ft. Vancouver CSC and an author of numerous articles. In this podcast Bill shares with us valuable insights he gained from his many mentors and offers advice on lessons learned over the many decades he has been in the Cocker fancy. (30 minutes)

Interview with Bill Gorodner 2018

Bill Gorodner began his lifelong love affair with cockers as a 9 year old with a black cocker he was looking to show. Years later, together with his partner Lloyd Alton he went on to breed more than 70 Parti and ASCOB champions under the Ging’s prefix. Bill and Lloyd became noted authors and published in the 90’s the famous encyclopedic book on our breed “The World of the Cocker Spaniel”. Bill is a life member of ASC, an ASC Hall of Fame inductee and has a great knowledge and appreciation of the history of our breed which he loves to share as a noted author/story teller. His Butternut Wisdom column ran in breed publications for many years entertaining us all. But perhaps more than anything, Bill is a friend to many within the dog world always sharing his warm greetings and bright smile no matter the outcome of the day. These days you can find Bill active with Doxies and Papillion but his constant love for the cocker and his memories of the people are  clearly apparent in this conversation. (28 minutes)