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"And, in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. "            The Beatles

Where Wellness, Love, Joy, and Peace

Are Our Passions


Welcome to Victoire's Canine Wellness & Breeding

After healing humans for nearly 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 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 is due to have a litter September 30, 2021.  The waiting list is not full!  Afortunado Victoire's Victory at Sea CGC, TNK

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

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 the national Bichon show in 2005 and produced 8 champions out of her 10 puppies.   BISS Int Can Ch Victoire Cheers to Austin ROM      She left us in 2016.


Sage  Bred by Carol Dundulis in CT.  Sage is the future of my breeding program, with Asti on both sides of her pedigree.  She finished her championship in 2020.  She will be bred Spring of 2022.  Ch Show Me Victoire's White Sage

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


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