the secretary/registrar of the American Indian Dog Registry
for the past 7 years, I have come to know Kim LaFlamme as no
one else has. I have seen first hand his dedication, and devotion
to the AI dog.
I have been a breeder for more years than I care to count; I
started in 1960 with Afghan Hounds. I showed my dogs at Westminster
in Madison Square Garden, and know what happens to a breed when
it is recognized by a big registry. Believe me, nothing good
has ever come of that, only the destruction of the breed along
with increasing of genetic faults. I have bred Dobermans, as
well as Great Danes, Arabian Horses, and Desert Lynx cats. I
have learned so much from Kim about genetics, his knowledge
never ceases to amaze me.
I have witnessed the anger of the " want to be breeders"
who have no knowledge of breeding or genetics. Their only interest
was to make money, and if they destroyed the breed along the
way to "their" goal, it did not concern them. In my
opinion, since they can not achieve what Kim has achieved, then
they will try to destroy what has been his life's work.
Kim is a wonderful fair but firm pack leader. Every dog loves
and respects him. When new owners follow the directions Kim
gives them, they wind up with a wonderful dog. If they want
to take the advice of people who have no knowledge of this breed,
they have problems. But isn't that the way of life? Let's stop
for a moment and take a look at the little yappy dogs people
have spoiled. They are mostly the kind people carry around in
their arms.. Toy Poodles, Yorkies.. etc. They are the ones that
are always barking and snapping, and biting people. These dogs
are spoiled! Plain and simple... You can not allow a dog to
do what it wants, and not reprimand it. Kim has a gentle but
firm way about him, and applies it to his training.
I have met some of the "Sour Grapes" who wanted to
breed in Wolf and/or Coyote with the AI dogs. Kim has never
done that and never will allow it to happen, as coy-dog's and
wolf-dog's are NOT Indian dogs!! I have seen Kim donate many
dog's to reservations to help educate the children, dog's have
been donated to Drug and Bomb dog training centers, Police and
many others, with out thought to any monitary compensation.
I have seen Kim take in dogs and board them for neighbors who
are out of town. I have seen him study many breeds. Just because
a dog breed is on his property does not mean he has used it
in his breeding program. I moved to Oregon 7 years ago with
my last remaining Doberman, "Maxx". Maxx was neutered
at a young age, and still some of the x-breeders make statements
that Kim used this dog in his breeding program. That is how
ridiculous and false their claims are. I say, what ever dogs
Kim found to save and recreate this breed is of little importance.
They are what they are, and "the proof is in the pudding".
It has taken me the full 7 years to just start to understand
the complicated genetics involved in Kim's breeding program.
I continue to learn every day, as this is knowledge he has had
for over 40 years. Some people think they can learn the different
bloodlines in a matter of days or weeks. They are so wrong and
quickly learn they are wrong. It's when people realize how much
is involved with keeping this breed genetically healthy and
mentally instinctive that they give up and blame Kim for their
own inabilitys and failure. It is a sad case that these few
individuals have stooped to the level they are at. Keep up the
wonderful work Kim, it is appreciated by many, many people.
Secretary/ Registrar; American Indian Dog registry
President of International Desert Lynx Cat Association
International Judge for IPCBA
Here is something for the owners opinion page:
My 3 A.I.dogs have impacted my life in a wonderful way. They
are highly sensitive beings in many regards. They share tremendous
energy and curiousity. One feels their awareness of your energetic
state and a tremendous sympathy. Never the less between the
3 there are marked differences. Sundance,the alpha male is white
with blue eyes. He is very attentive to me on our walks and
protective. He has learned to stay close while the other 2 romp,choosing
this role on his own. He is affectionate and actually hugs with
his forepaws when embraced. he is a ham. Hozho,his sister is
more refined,quiet,a little wilder feeling. She has a way of
bowing her head and gentlly nudging one to communicate her feelings.
She runs the fastest and cuts corners like a western quarter
horse. The 2 males tumble over each other trying to keep up
with her. The youngest, Naga, of the more northern line is a
beauty...very fox like with tawny coat and silver eyes. He is
a jewel. Alert, independent ,somewhat cautious. He is a head
turner. His markings are beautiful and disposition very companiable
but cautious. They are all good with people. A bit exciteable
with other dogs but learning as they mature. The 2 eldest take
to the leash easily. The youngest really hates his collar and
leash. perhaps this will change. They enjoy the woods immensely
and have had run ins with the porcupines several times this
spring. My walks are wonder filled with them alongside. I can't
really imagine life without them at this point. I feel they
have enhanced my life tremendously. Bravo to Kim and Arlene
for sharing their clan with us!
Suzy Bennett, Andes, N.Y.
- We were down visiting relatives in NM recently & came
across what looks like our A.I.Dogs that you called Black Devil
Dogs, as they used to call them. The one we saw wouldn't come
to us of coarse but unbelievable how it looked like our dogs
- Jane Hobart, Mass
KIM- THIS IS MIKE HALDEMAN FROM PA.-CHEROKEE IS 10 MONTHS OLD
NOW AND I JUST HAD HIM TO THE VET TODAY TO GET A LYMES DISEASE
SHOT AS IT IS ON THE UP SWING IN ANIMALS IN THE AREA-THE VET MADE
A REMARK ABOUT HOW HEALTHY CHEROKEE IS AND SUCH A GREAT LOOKING
DOG-BUT I GET THAT FROM EVERYONE HE MEETS-BUT THE BOTTOM LINE
IS THAT THESE DOGS ARE IN SUCH GREAT SHAPE BECAUSE OF YOUR BACKGROUND
WITH THESE DOGS AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE WEBSITE WARNING
ABOUT BREEDERS THAT DON'T CARE ABOUT THESE ANIMALS. CHEROKEE IS
A VERY SPECIAL COMPANION-SUCH AN INTELLIGENT DOG- I AM GLAD I
FOUND YOUR WEBSITE ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND WAS GIVEN THE CHANCE TO
SHARE IN THE LIFE OF ONE OF THESE DOGS . THEY ARE TRULY UNIQUE
AND I, AM AMAZED AT THINGS HE DOES. TAKE CARE AND KEEP UP THE
GOOD WORK AS THIS BREED DESERVES IT.