I, Michelle Badger, grew up and still live in Wolfforth, Texas, one of three children (I have a twin sister; we're not identical...just littermates.) I'm a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Animal Science, and I've done graduate work in Chemical Engineering and Reproductive Physiology. My work history includes being a veterinary technician at a veterinary emergency clinic, chemist for the City of Lubbock, regulatory work as a Sanitarian with the health department, and an industrial hygienist compliance officer with federal OSHA. I'm now self-employed as an environmental health consultant and am in the process of building a boarding kennel..
I have an adopted daughter, Holly Leftwich, of whom I am very proud! She expertly handles my dogs in the show ring. Holly has been handling and training my Siberian Huskies for over fifteen years. She launched her career as a Professional Handler under the tutilage of several different Professional Handlers including Michael Brantley and Brian Livingston. She is an All-Breed Professional Handler.
After spending a year in Southern California as an exclusive Mastiff handler, Holly returned back home in West Texas and with her own handling business. Look for Holly at a show near you!
I've been breeding, raising, and training Siberian Huskies since 1981 and started showing in 1985 under my former kennel name, Cammann Kennels. My current line's foundation began in 1988 with three puppies from the Dallas area which I was able to incorporate with my earlier lines begun in 1981 and lost in 1987 when my first foundation bitch was poisoned. We are now known as BadgerDen Siberians. Our earlier dogs can be identified by the name "Badger" in their registered names. Puppies are occasionally available to approved homes and are guaranteed to be healthy and free from genetic defects.
I decided to add Finnish Spitz to my life in the year 2000, when a good friend gave me a darling little bitch puppy, Katy, who grew up to become my first champion "Finkie". I quickly added Barkley to my pack and away we went! What a phenominal dog to have join our little family! Barkley's accomplishments have gave me a great start with this fun little breed, and I now have his kids, grandkids and great grandkids to continue his winning legacy.
Quality Bred Finnish Spitz and Siberian Huskies for Companionship and the Show Ring.
Michelle and Queen (Cammann's Queen Gwenevere) in 1983.
Michelle, Holly, and the BadgerDen Gang