Whalom Kennel originated as Whalom Boston Terriers, which was started in 1985 by Christi Scarpino in the Whalom District of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Have you ever heard of Whalom Amusement Park? Our original dogs were bred around the corner from the amusement park, and grew up with the sounds of people in the park and the rickety sounds of the old roller coaster. The park is no longer in existence, but our amusement park days live on in memory with our kennel name. Just like the amusement park motto, we have a 'Whale of a time' with our dogs.
Now located in Ashburnham, MA, Whalom Bostons has undergone some new and exciting changes. We have expanded and our services include boarding for small dogs, private lessons and consultation for basic pet obedience training and the addition of a second breed, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. (Toller) Consequently, we are now Whalom Kennel, with the goal of training, showing, and breeding both Boston Terriers and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. Christi will continue to strive to produce healthy dogs according to the breed Standard with desired temperaments.
Christi is a licensed Massage Therapist and Trager Practitioner for humans and is certified in canine and equine massage. Massage therapy can reduce muscular pain and soreness, increase range of motion, reduce stress and increase overall performance and health of your dog or horse. This is particularly important if your dog or horse is in competition. Christi is available for speaking engagements and demonstrations of canine/equine massage.
We believe in natural rearing and sound nutrition as building blocks for a healthy dog. We feed a raw diet. All of our dogs are on the Fastrack® Canine Program to support their overall health and immunity. We also believe in limiting exposure to toxins, preservatives, and have a limited vaccination protocol.
Whalom Kennels has finished 16 Bostons as U.S. Champions, 3 Canadian Champions, and 3 Bermuda Champions. We have put Companion Dog obedience titles on 3 Boston Terriers. Christi's Toller, "Turner" is now a Champion and Christi has put several Field and Obedience Titles on him. She has just started training 'Nadia,' her second Toller. Christi encourages her pet owners to complete basic obedience training, as it helps form a bond between dog and owner, as well as create a well behaved, socialized canine companion.