Rod and Patti Strand purchased their first Dalmatian in the late sixties as newly-wed college students and soon discovered the sport of dogs. Patti’s appreciation of Dalmatians was inspired by childhood memories of a neighbor’s Dalmatian, a dog named Pal who was a constant playmate with all the kids on the street. Rod grew up with dogs, and instantly fell in love with the Dalmatian’s special intelligence, athleticism, and beauty. 52 years later Strands are still having the time of their lives in the sport of dogs with the breed they love. Along the way they've made lifelong friends and have served the breed and the sport as judges and AKC delegates – Patti served on the AKC Board for 16 years and has judged the DCA National Specialty twice. Together, Rod and Patti developed an influential Dalmatian bloodline - Merry-Go-Round Dalmatians - that is known for producing long-lived dogs with excellent temperaments, good movement and spectacular beauty. Strands have bred, owned and shown numerous top producing sires as well as dams, more than 150 champions, many top 10 winners, and Best-in-Show dogs, including the top winning Dalmatian in breed history, Ch. Merry Go Round Mach Ten. Another of their dogs was the number one Dalmatian in the US in 2015. After 46 years in the breed, one of their greatest rewards is working with people who have dogs from their line, some for as many as 40 years and 4 consecutive generations. Strands are members of the Dalmatian Club of America, were named the Breeders of the Year in 2014 for the AKC Non Sporting Group, wrote the Owners Guide to a Happy, Healthy Dalmatian.