We have bred and shown dogs as a hobby since 1965. In 1971, we bought Greenaire Kennels and changed the name to Tolkien's.
At that time we showed and bred Afghan Hounds and Salukis. We had two children, I was working at MCV and my husband at Lawrence Hardware. We continued to breed and show dogs for a hobby, but I decided to stay at home with the children and start boarding and grooming. This was a great arrangement as I had the best of both worlds - time with my children and an income with dogs I adored. We quickly built up a large clientele and hired a Nanny for the children. With the addition of two more children, two chinchillas, two ferrets, a lop eared rabbit, a pot bellied pig, field mice, a salt water aquarium, a fresh water aquarium, one snake, canaries , two horses, five short hair domestic cats, one Persian cat, turtles, frogs, and fifteen of our own dogs, I needed a full time Nanny and a kennel assistant. In 1990, Larry decided that I was having too much fun with the children and animals, so he joined me at Tolkien's. It has been a wonderful arrangement and we feel blessed to be doing something we love.
In 1991, we started raising American Staffordshire Terriers and bred the #1 Am Staff in Italy and #2 and #3 in the US. Zing, American Staffordshire Terrier, is now retired, but has completed all her titles and has 19 MACH Points in Agility.
For those of you who have been our clients and continue to be, we thank you for entrusting us with your pets. For those of you who will be trying us for the first time, we hope to meet, or exceed, your expectations. We feel that each and every dog at our kennel is precious and a member of our extended family.
If you would like to visit our kennel for inspection or make an appointment please call 804-270-6723 and speak to Larry or me. If we do not answer please leave a message and we will return your call shortly---we are probably in the kennel.
Thank you for visiting our web site----Christie and Larry Knox