I first became involved with dog training nearly 30 years ago when I adopted a young German Shepherd and took her to a local obedience class in our community. “Heidi” was a joy to train, and with encouragement from the instructor, we ventured into the show ring; I was hooked! Eventually, I fell in love with the affable Golden Retriever, and competed for nearly 10 years with “Chase”; together we achieved a perfect 200 and an OTCH before cancer took him away. Currently, I am having fun training my new Golden boy, “T”, who promises to provide plenty of adventure, both inside and outside the show ring.
After showing for many years, I became interested in judging, and have been an AKC Obedience and Rally judge for over 15 years. I truly have fun with judging, and enjoy watching the different handlers and their dogs perform together as a team.
I am a member of the Sandlapper GRC and the GRC of America. I have also been active in GR rescue. I teach weekly basic puppy and beginner classes at Companion Dog Training School in Asheville. Dog training has given me many wonderful opportunities to make new friends and to grow as a person in ways I would not otherwise have had.