Alida Greendyk and her two daughters Linnea and Sarabel Comtois of von Alpensee have owned and loved Leonbergers since 1990.
In 1989, while living in New Jersey, I happened to see my first Leonberger. He was an 8-month-old male bred by Mary Decher of Bellevue, Washington. This dog was visiting a neighbor with his owners, and for me it was love at first sight. After learning all I could about the breed, including becoming a member of the Leonberger Club of America (LCA), I felt this was the breed for me. At this time, there were only about 250 of these dogs in the country, so I felt very fortunate to have seen one. I then contacted Mary Decher and that summer, while visiting friends in Vancouver, B.C., I also visited Mary and Reiner and their Leos. In the spring of 1990, I flew to Washington to pick up my first puppy, Esia von Klingelberg and this was the start of our long love affair with this wonderful breed!
I became very interested in helping to be a part of the preservation and protection of the Leo, and have been extremely active in the LCA for many years. I have served several terms as a member of the LCA’s Board of Directors, I am the co-chair of the Judges Education Committee, and I have presented a number of breed seminars to AKC judges. I have also obtained my AKC license for judging Leonbergers. In past years I served on the Show Committee and the Breeding Committee. I very much enjoy being an active, participating member of the LCA and the Leonberger community.