Growing up on a dairy farm in the mid-west created and nurtured my early love of animals. Everyday was an adventure from milking cows, gathering eggs, feeding the pigs and of course cleaning up after them ( a full time job, indeed).
My brothers and sister and I embraced the opportunities afforded in the country. Most summers, we had “make shift” rodeos in the orchard, racing around on the ponies for us two younger siblings and the eldest rode the “big” horses, bare back, of course! We pinned numbers on our backs and with our twine lassos roped baby calves, or so we thought….you see really weren’t very good cowboys at all.
My parents bred and raised German Shepherds. I remember puppies sneaking into the kitchen with the irresistable smells of freshly popped popcorn wafting in the air. Learning how to care for new born puppy whelps and caring for momma.came easily and naturally to me. My mother and father belonged to the local kennel club. They trained and worked with the young German Shepherds putting They trained and worked with the young German Shepherds putting on Canine Good Citizen titles and Obedience Titles. Okay, truth be told, my mom was so much more patient and the better trainer of the two (I’d like to think that I’ve followed in her footsteps). So you see, just like the puppies, I had lots of “early imprinting”, setting the blueprint for my values and my lifestyle.
Since those early days, I’ve traveled and exhibited dogs at the most prestigious dog shows in the world including The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, The AKC Eukanuba National Dog Show, NOWDA (Northern Ontario Working Dog Association) in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, along with numerous National Specialties and even the biggest dog show in the world, Crufts in England.
I’m living my dream
Perhaps I can be a part of making your dreams come true, too.