Pat Saunders is a 70 year old native Floridian born and raised in Miami when it was country! He earned his MBA in 1974. In the summer of 1977, the company he was working for transferred him to open a new office in Jacksonville, FL where he found the love of his life in 1978 and finally convinced her to marry him in 1981. He later purchased the business he had opened in Jacksonville and went on to own numerous bars, restaurants, and other businesses in his career. Retired in 2004, boating has become his new passion. He obtained his USCG Captain’s license in 2004 and worked on a USACE project out of New Orleans from 2009 to 2014 as a boat captain.
Pat received his first pudelpointer, Dandy, from Bob Farris in 1994 and joined the Florida Palmetto NAVHDA chapter. Dandy received a 112 NA score and eventually a UT Prize 3. Pat became a NAVHDA judge in 2004 and started Tideview Kennel in 2007. He often tells folks, “I joined NAVHDA for the dogs but I stayed for the people.”
Pat was one of the founding members of NAPPA and attended the 2010 inaugural meeting in Boise, Idhao. Over the years, he has owned 5 pudelpointers and he proudly produces a litter of pups every 3 to 4 years. He currently owns a male and female, Darby and Diva. He is very excited and honored to serve as the first president of the North American Pudelpointer Society.