Dogs, dogs, everywhere dogs
Our family always had dogs. Mutt dogs, purebred dogs, but always dogs. I grew up with dogs everywhere. My mother eventually enrolled me in dog care 4-H because I was “shy and retiring and lacked people skills”….. I am the living testimonial to the success of the 4-H program! I learned how to train and show and groom dogs. I learned dog breeds and dog anatomy and dog diseases. I learned dog judging. I learned to work and play nicely with others.
Meeting the challenge
I continued into AKC shows as my family transitioned from “dogs” to the wonderful world of Purebred Dogs. I showed all of our family dogs in conformation and participated in Junior Showmanship competition. My Juniors dog was Chappy, a Clumber Spaniel who hated to show and could put all of his 65-pound body weight in his head. So I learned how to overcome and work around and make the best of dogs who were a challenge.
I returned to the sport of purebred dogs in 1994, after earning a Bachelors degree and working in journalism and marketing for several years.
Safety is job #1
My emphasis is on presenting a limited number of outstanding dogs. The dogs’ safety and well-being is my absolute priority. I am a member of the Professional Handlers Association and all of my client dogs are covered under my Care & Custody Insurance policy.
I have had the pleasure of working with some truly sensational dogs in my career. I remember the wins as an afterthought to the greatness of each dog. Lyric, the Irish Terrier, the consumate show dog and definition of his breed. They say an Irish should “own the ground he stands on.” Lyric owned his ground and my ground and your ground. Cruiser, the GWP my mom bred who made history as the breed’s first Best In Show winning dual champion. A dog who could cover more ground than any dog I’ve ever shown. Who loved life and being shown and got so excited one day he bounced up off the bottom of my jaw – I bit my tongue nearly in half! Louis, the Pug who moved like a sporting dog and had the most beautiful face. Dan, the Irish Wolfhound who traveled better than any of my other dogs. The most dignified and awesome of the gentle giants. Each of the top specials over the years has its own stories and very fond memories.
I’m now beginning my newest journey as I apply in fall 2018 to judge conformation shows within the American Kennel Club system.
I will miss my client dogs but very much looking forward to breeding more Wirehairs and getting to evaluate breeding stock in some of my favorite breeds.