Hi, I’m Leila Grandemange—breeder-owner-handler at Grandville Cavaliers. Currently, I am not showing or breeding the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I am focusing on writing inspirational dog books to encourage hearts and support pet parents in their journey. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet where I share my passion for dogs!
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Leila Grandemange and her family share their heart and home with their beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Previously a professional ballet dancer, Leila felt drawn to canine sports, and has been involved in various dog-related activities such as conformation as breeder-owner-handler, canine freestyle, and recreational agility over the years.
Leila is recognized as an AKC Breeder of Merit . She has produced and shown Champions in all four colors of the breed with the loving support of her husband. While she adores all the colors, she has a special affection for the whole colors (ruby and black and tan) and has worked hard to create a quality breeding program. In 2013, one of the ruby dogs she bred was the Top Winning Cavalier in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA. Leila is grateful to her loving family, the breeders who’ve gone before her and helped her get a start, and to God who makes all things possible!
Aside from participating in dog sports, Leila shares her passion for dogs through her books and blog. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association Of America (DWAA), an award–winning writer, and the author of several charming books. In 2013 the DWAA present Leila with the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. All these experiences, combined with her love for God and family are threads woven into her writing.
So how did Leila go from dancer to dog show enthusiast and author? Scroll down to read Leila’s story.
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Writing Awards and Nominations from the DWAA:
- 2023 DWAA Book Award! A Dog Show Companion: The Ultimate Dog Show Record Book, Planner, and Guide to Help You Succeed in the Ring!
- 2015 DWAA Book Award Nomination; A Breeder’s Companion, Record Keeping For Your Dogs’ Litters
- 2015 DWAA Award Nomination: The AdoptAShelter.com Adopt A Homesless Dog Award. Presented for the article, “That’s What Friends Are For” Published in the Royal Spaniels Magazine.
- 2015 DWAA Poetry Award Nomination: James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award. Presented for the poem, “That’s What Friends Are For.” Published in the Royal Spaniels Magazine.
- 2014 DWAA Book Award Nomination; Pawz and Pray, Short Reflections about God, Life, and the Dogs I Love. For new Edition, click here.
- 2013 AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award; Article, The BEST Gift You Will Ever Give Your Dog! Published in The Royal Spaniels Magazine.
Leila’s Story . . .
Leila has always been passionate about animals, especially dogs and horses, and spent her early years riding and showing a beautiful horse named “Sony” (shown in photo). Classical Ballet was also a very important part of her life. She began dancing at age 6 and at age 18 joined a professional Ballet company. It was a dream come true!
Living in France
A few years later Leila met and married the love of her life, and moved to France. It was there, on the beaches of Etretat in the Normandie region of France, that she met the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. That was the beginning of a beautiful love affair with one of the most enchanting dog breeds she’d ever met!
Back to America
In 2002, Leila established Grandville Cavaliers and has worked hard over the years to develop a quality breeding program. Leila and her husband presently live in the United States. No longer a professional ballet dancer, one of her greatest joys has been dancing around the ring as a breeder-owner-handler (in conformation shows) with her beloved dogs.
Leila’s love for the “Arts” —ballet, choreography, music—as well as teaching naturally spilled over into her life with dogs. She considers “breeding dogs” an art, and enjoys all aspects of dog ownership, from training, to dancing with her dogs in Canine Freestyle, as well as sharing their unconditional love through Pet Therapy.
Leila has a B.A. in Christian Education and loves being involved with her church community. All these experiences, combined with her love for God, family, and the dogs she loves, are threads woven into her writing. Her favorite topics to write about are faith stories for pet lovers.
Leila is grateful for the warm welcome her writing has received, with numerous endorsements, awards and award nominations for her articles, books, and poetry. Most notably, in 2013, one of her articles received the prestigious AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She believes that dogs are a tangible expression of God’s unconditional love and continues to share the many life lessons learned from her dogs, nature, and the world around her.
“Dogs are our true friends, angels, teachers, and healers. They love us unconditionally, as God intended. If we look carefully, we can learn from them how to make the world a brighter and better place.” — Leila Grandemange, author of Pawz and Pray DevotionalTweet
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