TESSA AND HENNA

THOLEN THIJSIA AND HENNA (TESSA AND HENNA)

We first joined the Van Leeuwen family in January 2010 when we became the proud owners of our first Irish terrier, Tessa. Jean told us at the time that “dynamite comes small packages” and boy he was right! We instantly fell in love with our wilful, sweet, clever, adoring puppy and she instantly become a huge part of our family.

Debbie and Jean have supported us from that day on, none more so than when we asked for their help in having a litter of our own from Tessa. Their love, support and advice has been invaluable and we truly couldn’t have done it without them. From Tessa’s first litter, the H litter, Jean and Debbie choose to keep two pups and promptly asked us if we would consider being co-owners of the little girl, Missy Henna. And so, our family grew, as did our love for Irish terriers!

Jean and Debbie continued to be a huge support to us and kept in regular contact, always interested in how the girls were doing and proudly displaying pictures and updates on their website. Occasionally we have helped out with fostering puppies for short periods of time.

When Henna was almost three years old, she had her first litter, the O litter. This meant a trip to Herne Bay for a date with Mister Mojo! 7 weeks later we took a very pregnant Henna back to Herne Bay to settle in with Jean and Debbie in preparation to give birth to her puppies, we missed her terribly whilst she was away, but we had lots of updates and lovely photos of her relaxing (mainly on the sofa!) and once she’d had her puppies we went to visit and see what a clever girl she’d been.

We have gone on to have a second litter from Tessa, again assisted by Jean and Debby, and Henna has had two further litters, the S litter and the U litter. We feel privileged to be part of the Van Leeuwen family and to have the continued support and commitment from them.

 

We are also truly privileged to be owned by Irish terriers!

 

Darren, Katie, Ellie, Flynn, Tessa and Henna