2021 MCOA National Specialty

Heather Reid

Heather Tauer-Reid’s first love was actually horses. However, while volunteering at the SPCA as an undergraduate, Heather met her first mastiff and it was love at first sight. Although that dog was quickly reunited with his owners, she knew that one day she would have one of her own. In 1997, she rescued her first Mastiff, Zeus. He was a wonderful pet but had many of the health problems that are prone to happen with dogs from a less than reputable breeder. After much research (in particular Dee Dee Anderson’s, “The Mastiff: Aristocratic Guardian”), she decided she wanted a second dog that would offer different opportunities and got to know Eric and Jennifer Walters, who took a chance on a novice and sold her Max, Ch Bearhill’s Maximus Aureus. In her eyes, Max was perfect on so many levels; he was the best companion a single girl could ask for, she handled him to his championship, put rally titles on him, filmed 3 commercials with him, he passed all of his health testing and was a Hall of Fame stud dog. But Max was just the beginning; he opened up a whole new world of possibilities, including breeding a few litters under the prefix Legacy Hills and making many new, lifelong friends. It was also how she met her husband, Michael Reid. After several years as friends, she and Michael married in 2009 and the breeding program then continued under the Caledonia kennel name he had inherited from Susie Farber. Heather has most recently presented Jag, BISS GCh Eastwinds Born to Perform, to several Owner Handler Series Best In Shows as well as the 2018 MCOA National Specialty BOB.  She also presented her father Philip, GCh Eastwinds Ivory Touché to Best of Breed at the 2015 Bucks County Kennel Club Supported Show.  Heather’s next goal is to become an AKC conformation judge and is very grateful for the opportunity to judge the Sweepstakes at the 2020 MCOA National Specialty as part of that journey.

Heather Reid