|Leeza has been involved with Finnish Lapphunds for 14.5 years as a breeder and exhibitor. Under the kennel name Bearspaw, Leeza and spouse Dr. Nic Prokopishyn, have bred/owned dogs winning BIS, NBISS, BVIS, BPIS, Junior World Winner, major awards at Westminster Kennel Club, Eukanuba, and specialty shows in Canada, the US, and Finland. The second dog born in their first litter, Bearspaw Sampo, has won the herding group 41 times, and was the #10 all breed veteran in Canada (2018). They are the only North American Finnish Lapphund breeders to export back to Finland. In addition to showing their own dogs, they work closely with the Peikkovuoren kennel in Finland, and have brought to Canada both Finnish champions and World Winning dogs.Leeza grew up with miniature schnauzers, prior to moving into Finnish Lapphunds. She identifies as a breeder first and foremost. When not with her Finnish Lapphunds, Leeza works as a clinical social worker in mental health, having completed degrees at Bryn Mawr College and Smith College in the US. Leeza is excited to be working towards herding permit, with a special interest in Spitz breeds, herding and working breeds.