Welcome to DreamCatcher Hill!
I originally started a website in 2009 to make it easy and fun to learn about my Westies.
I have raised a small number of purebred puppies for over 30 years, growing variety as my human family has also grown.
Our 20 acre farm in Brighton, Illinois is a dream come true.
Art and I are blessed to be able to also share our farm with friends and family. The farm is home to my aged uncle, aunt and mother, along with Art and I. My son has the farm next door plus works here, Aryne and her 3 boys are here often, my middle daughter works here, the oldest is in FL.
It is really a labor of love for all the furry and feathered friends we care for. I had been an EMT-P, and an RN before turning my calling into a full time way of life.
I had never intended to have more than 1 or 2 breeds. I have raised AKC Westies for over 25 years.
The history of how each breed came to be loved and share our home, or a family members home is on each breeds parent page; Silly French Bulldogs, Art with his love of Cavaliers, and Uncle Al with his Pugs, my son, Keith, with his English and French Bulldogs.
I try to keep the website current.
Dogs available on the rescue page, who were rescued from very high kill shelters in the nick of time. They are available for adoption to forever homes.
If one family member wants purebred and another wants a rescue dog then getting a rescued adult dog and a puppy at the same time may be the answer!
We love our dogs, rescued critters of many varieties and country life. I raised dogs for over 30 years, Westies for over 25 years. I have 3 grown children, and 2 grandsons I am blessed live only a few miles away.
I have a terrific fiancé who also loves the farm and critters. He's also capable of fixing anything he puts his mind too. A handy man is just the best!
Plus extended family and friends who visit, move in and stay, or live here as a temporary home as they each build their own dream. We are blessed to be a part of it all.
Over time I have added pages and updated the farm name from Laurel's West Highland White Terriers to DreamCatcher Hill, as our furry family has grown to include our rescued dogs, horses, Art's adorable loving Cavaliers, soft furry poodles for designer crosses, the super-wrinkly, smart Shar Pei crosses, and ever silly happy Frenchies.
My Uncle AL who moved here in 2013 added Pugs! I can now understand how people call them the clowns of the dog world.
In 2016 my aging mother and aunt also moved here full time. We completed their own little house here on the farm in fall of 2017.
Fortunately we were even able to make room for my cousin, Brenda, who moved here May 2016. She has been a huge help, not sure what I would do without her! Unfortunately I had to figure out what I would do without her as she has gone back to her ex-husband up north 6 months later.
Aryne, a young mom with 3 little boys, we met in December 2016 moved in April 2017. She needed a place and we needed help with paperwork and getting the house for my mom and aunt completed. She has her own place now but is here or at Keith's most of the time. She's a huge help!
Dog Sitting (Boarding)
We mostly only dog-sit puppies and dogs who were adopted from us. When we have dog guests they are in the house with us, and walked on a leash when outside. Dogs will usually be crated when we are outside, and at night. If they are very well behaved they have the run of the house 24/7 with our house dogs. They can even sleep with us if that is what they are use to at their home.
Please contact us if interested.