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Chair - Health
Myakka City, FL
Dan Semeniuk and his wife Kim, both originally from Montreal, Canada, currently reside in the
greater Tampa Bay area, (Myakka City, FL) with their 2 kuvaszok, 12 year old Starhaven’s
Kalandor Kurd (aka Ryker) and their latest addition, 2 ½ year old Augostova Sin City Showgirl
(aka Vegas), 2 Thoroughbred horses George and Negritta, a Dutch Warmblood -Latte, 3 indoor
cats and 1 barn cat.
While living in Montreal, Dan and Kim got their first Kuvasz in 1995, Calisay’s Nikita Tsarina –
Nikita. They chose the breed while looking at the Canadian Kennel Club and falling in love with
the breed characteristics and photo of Thunderbell’s Gentle Jason.
Nikita was a descendent of Gentle Jason and was the dog that made Dan and Kim fall in love
with the Kuvasz breed. Unfortunately, she passed away 4 months before her 11th birthday, in
October, 2005. Ryker was a rescue that was brought to Dan and Kim’s attention, shortly after
attending their first Kuvasz specialty with Nikita in Harrisburg, PA, in April 1996. Kim picked up
Ryker from a NJ animal shelter and he has been an incredible blessing to the household. Vegas
came to us just this February, 2006. We learned of her availability a month after Nikita’s passing
through the Kuvasz South email list. Bobbie was looking for a good home for Vegas and after a
few months of due diligence by all parties, we brought her home February 11, 2006. She is
already claiming the house and property as hers! She has also given Ryker a reason to behave
as a puppy once again!
Dan’s interest in the Kuvasz Club of America’s Health committee stems from his background in
biomedical research and the drive to seek to extend the quality and quantity of life for the breed.
Dan received and B.Sc in Biochemistry from Concordia University in Montreal, and a M.Sc
and Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University in Montreal. He performed post
graduate work in the department of Pathology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, before pursing
his current career in the pharmaceutical industry as a compliance consultant.
Dan and Kim have always put the health of their animals as a top priority and began feeding a
natural raw diet to Nikita when she was 6 months old. Every animal that entered their home has
been put on the diet. In fact, Dan and Kim used to own a Natural Pet food distributorship (Natural
Food For Pets) for 4 years before selling the business to PetOrlando, in Orlando FL. In addition,
Dan and Kim pursue both conventional and holistic veterinary care for their animals, in addition to
conducting literature research on a constant basis.
Dan’s goal as Chairperson for the Health Committee is to have an open forum where breeders
and owners can share their health experiences with one another, so that we can provide the best
health care for our Kuvasz. As part of this forum, it is Dan’s desire to have a database of
resources so that at any time, Kuvasz owners (or any dog breed), can access the information
necessary to assist them with healthcare decisions. Dan looks forward to hearing about all
Kuvasz owners’ experiences and looks forward to the day that we can have our BWDs live long,
healthy, and happy lives.
Born & raised in
Hungary, purchased first Kuvasz in 1970. Member:
AKA, Hungarian and German Kuvasz Clubs. KCA Standard
since 1992. Active conformation exhibitor and owner
and/or breeder of many top ranking Kuvasz and 2007
KCA National Specially Winner. Current KCA
positions: Health Committee, Performance Committee,
CGC archivist. Past KCA positions: Three-term KCA
board member, Health Committee, Public Education
Committee, and Awards Committee. KCA Specialty
Auction chair 2001. KCA Specialty committee member
2003. Recipient of KCA Service Award 2001. Mentor to
rescue adoptive homes, therapy dog work with Kuvasz.
Owner/moderator of Kuvasz South, a regional Kuvasz
discussion group. Member and past three-term board
member of Atlanta Obedience Club. Past Member of
Therapy Dogs Incorporated.
Name: Rebel Ridge Kuvasz
Kathleen O' Reagan
Kuvasz since 1989,
exhibitor, breeder with over 20 champions including
multiple group winning/placing top 5 and top ten,
6th tracking dog in the history of the breed. Member
KCA, AKA, Spirit of the Heartland KC, Jefferson
County KC, Gateway Tracking Club, Owner Handlers
Association. In addition to Judges' Ed committee
currently serving KCA as Board Member, Chairman of
the Health Committee, Specialty 2003 committee
member, Specialty Policy. Past editor of Kuvasz
Times, President of AKA, Treasurer of AKA, Board
Name: Double Ring