Strickland Farms is home to Talmadge and Diane Strickland.
We are located on a 40 acre farm in the community of
Oxford. (By The Villages) We are located about 20 miles
south of Ocala and within an hour of Gainesville, Tampa and
Orlando. We previously raised hay, cattle and meat goats; but
now concentrate on our yorkies.
We moved to the country from Winter Haven 20+years ago to raise our
son,Travis, on a farm. We were very involved with 4H and Boy
Scouts, spending countless days traveling to fairs with his
Dairy Cows, steers and hogs. When Travis entered college, we turned our
attention to raising our Yorkie pups.
Talmadge (Tal) is a retired Paramedic now taking care of the
yorkies full time and Diane is an RN working at Ambient Healthcare
as their Director of Nursing. Most of our spare time is
spent caring for our "four-legged kids" but we do enjoy fishing
together and taking cruises. We have a weekend home in the town
of Suwannee where we enjoy fishing and airboating! Diane
has taken up bicycle riding-mainly charity rides for Juvenile
Diabetes, MS and other worthy causes.
The remaining members of our family are: Tal Jr and his
wife Angie. They just moved back to Florida from Las Vegas where they were
stationed in the Air Force. Tal works on computers at Lockeed
Martin as a military contractor. Toni, who
works in law enforcment in Bartow; Lacey, who is a
probation officer in Gainesville and mom to our grandson,
Tucker; Travis, who works as a server at Carrabas and Red
Lobster in Winter Haven and last but not least are our "four
legged kids" who I will introduce in the next paragraph.
The Yorkies: Summer Louis is the Matriarch of our group,
she is now retired, as are all 3 of her daughters, Autumn,
April and Abigail. (Unfortuntely we lost Abigail this year) Autumn's daughter, Spring- is
now also retired from breeding and is a therapy dog.
Other retired and rehomed girls/boys are Kahlua, Holly, Daisy and Shadow.
We currently have Pixie, Dixie, Glory Bee, Mattie Mae,
April Marie, Lillie Belle, Jessie's Girl and Jewel. Our AKC breeding male is
Tonka Toy. We have two neutered males as a mascot, Mr B. He is the son of April (and
our fishing buddy) and Rocky! Then we can't forget Dolce and Precious, both daughters of
Tonka's. Dolce has a bad knee but has won Tal's heart and and
Precious (at only 2 lbs ) was just too darn cute to sell! They both
now resides with us as pampered pets!
We are involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation as Diane's sister and nephew are both Juvenile
Diabetics. We have donated two yorkie pups to JDRF Galas that
were "auctioned" to raise funds for JDRF research. Daisy's pup,
Titan, raised $4600 for Juvenile Diabetes! He now resides in a
wonderful home in Colorado. The female pup was April's puppy,
her name is Julep (as in "Mint Julep") She raised
another $4600 for Juvenile Diabetes research and now lives
with a great family just outside Denver.
Juvenile Diabetes: Diane has ridden her bicycle in
Death Valley, LaCrosse Wisconsin and Nashville Tennessee to raise funds for Juvenile
Diabetes. These were a group efforts with her sisters and
other friends and family members. Our team name is Sisters
On Bikes. Over 3 Million dollars were raised from those 3 bike rides alone for JRF!
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