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Welcome to Victoire's Canine Wellness & Breeding

After healing humans for 50 years as a registered nurse plus breeding and showing Bichons since 1990 and Portuguese Water Dogs since 2019, Vickie now focuses primarily on healing dogs and their caretakers. Her nursing experience included Intensive Care, Flight Nursing, Legal Nurse Consulting, Teaching, Coumadin Nurse at a clinic, and ER Nurse for 25 years at a Level I Trauma hospital. She is a Reiki Master and Healing Touch practitioner who also utilizes aromatherapy, essential oils, meditation, and crystal healing. In addition, Vickie offers limited grooming and boarding services, nutritional advice, Bichon Frise and Portuguese Water Dog puppies, end of life emotional support for dogs and owners, whelping instruction for new breeders including indications for veterinary assistance, and foster care for newborn puppies.



Supports the body to self-heal by balancing and clearing the body's energy systems.  Modalities provided that are complimentary to standard medical care:  Reiki, Healing Touch, meditation, aromatherapy, essential oils, crystals, and sound/music.  Techniques are effective for animals and humans.

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Benefits of Energy Field Therapy:  pain and stress reduction, accelerated wound healing, stronger immune system, promotion of calmness & peacefulness, support during grief and end of life, helps with grounding and being content, improves training & competition focus, behavior modification, helps with trauma release, assists with PTSD,  and deepens the animal/human bond.

Energy Healing (Reiki, Healing Touch, and aromatherapy) are accepted practices by certified practitioners in many areas of hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care, and during medical testing.

BREEDING:  Bichon Frises & Portuguese Water Dogs

Victoire's Portuguese Water Dogs

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Tory   My first Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) bred by Afortunado Kennel -- Shelley Plucker and Barb Crowther.  She had 2 litters and is now spayed.  Afortunado Victoire's Victory at Sea BCAT SWN SIA CGC TKN

Tory's OFA page to view the majority of her health screens: 


Uma    The newest addition to my home is a Portuguese Water Dog from the Afortunado Kennel  named "Uma"  Afortunado Victoire's Savor the Queen of Umami.  Uma is 1 year old with lots of expectations to become a champion and achieve performance titles once she is mature.  Once she becomes a champion and passes all required health tests she will be bred late in 2025.

Vickie Halstead RN, CVNS, CLNC has been actively involved in breeding and showing Bichons since 1990 under the kennel name Victoire, producing and raising 36 litters and >50 AKC champions, and some in other countries.  In 2005 her Bichon Asti won best in show at the Bichon national specialty -- handled, groomed, and bred by her.  She has been a member of the Bichon Frise Club of America (BFCA) since 1997, has been a member of BFCA’s Health Committee since 2001 and chairwoman 2003-2010, and was a member of the Board of Directors of BFCA 2005-2007.   She has published articles in the Bichon Frise Reporter, dog magazines, on, and newspapers.  


Vickie purchased her first Portuguese Water Dog in 2017 who is almost a champion, with plans for breeding and performance competition. She is a member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) and its health committee since 2018.  Vickie's top priorities in her breeding program are to produce dogs that are healthy, sound and of good temperament. She assures that her dogs pass numerous health tests for hereditary diseases prior to breeding.  Vickie has been practicing as a Registered Nurse for 47 years, retired in 2017 after previous experience in ICU, flight nursing, ER for 25 years, legal nurse consultant, speaker for nursing classes/seminars, and Coumadin Nurse at a clinic (continues per diem).  


Victoire's Bichons

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Asti Won Best in Show at the national Bichon show in 2005 and produced 8 champions out of her 10 puppies.   BISS Int Can Am Ch Victoire Cheers to Austin ROM      She left us in 2016 at almost 15 years of age.


Quiche My oldest Bichon who lives with me is named "Quiche"  Ch Petit Ami's Non-de-Plume who I imported from Norway.  She is now 15 years old.  After completing her championship, she had 2 lovely litters but is retired from breeding after a brain injury in 2014.  Click on the Word document below to download a case study about Quiche's brain injury that is scary and heartwarming, plus info on how to prevent this from happening to your dog.  Quiche is a Miracle Bichon to have survived the injury and live to 15, the average life span of a Bichon.  A maggot from a Botfly tunneled from her nose, through the roof of her mouth, into her brain, and along the right side of her brain almost to the spinal cord.


Sage  Bred by Carol Dundulis in CT.  Sage was supposed to be the future of my breeding program, with Asti on both sides of her pedigree.  She finished her championship in 2020, was bred 4 times only producing 1 puppy, and is now spayed.   Ch Show Me Victoire's White Sage

Sage's page on the OFA website that lists her health screens:                      

Plans for future Bichon breeding:  A new Bichon  puppy will be added to my home soon.  I'm craving being in the show ring with a Bichon and having another Bichon litter!   I Will update when more details are available.  This means my next litter of Bichons will be in 2026 -- female must be at least 2 years old to be mature enough to effectively manage a litter and most health tests require an age of at least 2 years . 


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