About Us


Gretchen and her two Kooikerhondjes, Braam and Casper, live in Seattle, Washington. We enjoy having outdoor adventures and training and competing in various activities.

I have been involved in this rare breed since we brought home our first Kooiker, Luna, in 2001. After her passing, I brought Braam home from Texas in 2013. He was joined in March 2016 by Casper, who I was lucky enough to bring directly from the Netherlands.

I have a degree in Animal Biology with concentrations in Conservation and Reproductive Biology from UC Davis, and have a special interest in health and genetics of small populations. Since 2017 I have been a member of KCUSA’s Health and Genetics Committee. I work on the periphery of the veterinary industry and when I am not “Kooikering,” I also volunteer as a hotline operator for a local marine mammal stranding network and as a foster for Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest.


Member of KCUSA and VHNK.

Gretchen on an eendenkooi in the Netherlands

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