A little bit about us.
Two Gun Kennels is owned and operated by Brian & Jenna O'Connor. In 2007 Brian began the work which resulted in the creation and founding of the Drentsche Patrijshond Club of North America. As co-Founder of the DPCNA he has served on the Board of Directors from inception until 2022. Additionally, he was the first Lifetime member of the club and continues to give hundreds of hours per year to the organization. As a point of interest, Brian is the author of “The Drentsche Patrijshond for the North American Fancier”, ISBN 978-0-9813523-2-9, which has received acclaim as the 'new face of the single-breed book'. The book sold out in the summer of 2018 (a second edition is slowly taking shape) but may be ordered Print on Demand from Blurb. Jenna has also served the DPNCA starting in 2011 as the Public Affairs Chairperson, moving up to be the Vice President, and is currently serving as the President.
Additionally, we are current members of the Spinone Club of America and the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America. As well as the following NAVHDA Chapters: PNW, Scablands, and MT Sharptail.
Brian has kept and trained dogs for over forty years and has served a foster home for American Brittany Rescue (ABR). He has trained dogs for; agility, hunting, obedience, AKC canine good citizen certification, therapy & Service Dog use, and even stage work. Additionally, he has worked with and studied under numerous Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainers, as well as Pro hunting dog trainers. Jenna has been a board member for Puget Sound Dock dogs and has trained and handled the first UT Titled Drent in North America.
Additionally, we have participated in many Drent activities in the Netherlands to include exhibitions, hunt tests and training, interviewing breeders, as well as several Fokkerdag’s, while living in the Netherlands and Spain as well as traveling back from the U.S. At a Breeder's Day in 2010 Brian received Conformation Judging training from Mr. Wim Wellens. Currently we have an ownership stake in eight Drents, so It is safe to say we are fully committed or need to be committed. When we are not serving the Club, or doing general dog stuff we enjoy being students, hiking, training and hunting our Drents at least 75+ days each hunting season. We are also active members of the Spinone Club of America. Additionally, we utilize the Puppy Culture protocol for raising our puppies.
In the spring of 2019 Brian was honored with the DPCNA's Distinguished Service Award for his service to the Club and breed. In November of 2019, Google recognized TGK for being a highly rated Veteran-Led Business. In December of 2019 by having an approved breeding program by Breeder & Rescue certification. In May of 2020 and again in March of '22 TGK was recognized by Spokane Awards as Best Dog Breeder in Spokane.
Just so you know:
We are not trying to be "snobby" or even difficult but, our breeding program is not about just selling puppies. We are about producing lifetime companions for foot hunters and intelligent active athletic dogs for Active lifestyle families. We are a Preservationist Breeder for the breeds we are stewards of. We sell To Approved Homes Only and reserve the right to refuse to sell to anyone. We sincerely want to make sure our pups and potential New Owners are going to be a good match and as our pups grow, we want to be able track their development and progress. Thank you.
I am a Proud veteran of the United States Air Force with over thirty years of creditable and honorable service
Why Two Gun?
There are a couple of different things which came together to make the name of our kennel. The first being one of my favorite authors, Robert E. Howard (REH), who helped to provide inspiration for the name due in part to his nicknames: Two-Gun Bob, or as the Two-Gun Raconteur, this last one in particular is what got our minds to working. Also, we have become huge fans of living “Out West” but having to cope with multiple moves due to military life, taking the name of a local landmark was made a tough proposition for us. After all I have lived in New Mexico on two separate occasions, Alaska, Idaho and Washington State as well as having lived in seven different countries.
Along the way, we have learned people across the world have many ways of telling you they have or produce something which is top quality or the best, without saying so directly.
For example, in Spain, Pata Negra is considered to be “top shelf”, but directly translated it simply means black hoof, which doesn't mean much to most Americans I know. The black hoof is in reference to the black trotter of the Iberico pig used to produce what is the best jamon in Spain. As you might expect, the white trotters are said to be an indicator of inferior quality.
Okay, so back to the old west, and REH’s nick name the Two-Gun Raconteur. This goes back to the late 1800's when only the best gunfighters were said to have used two guns, (and REH was a storyteller without peer).
Also, in the interest of full disclosure, there is a bit of a tongue in cheek meaning behind the name as well, after all who starts a kennel with two male dogs? Aside from that, we really do hope you agree that we have something special and are doing plenty to live up to our name.