There has always been a dog in my life and most of the time two, and growing up besides having dogs there have been rabbits, cats and a horse for pets. When I took in a 2 year old Jack Russell, several years ago, it was the start of dog agility and dog sport competition. This led to my Lab, Rhys who came to me through a breeder who happened to be our agility instructor. In 2009, Rhys and I started learning scent work, we attended classes taught by; Jean MacKenzie, Gail McCarthy and Carolyn Barney. When we entered our first NASCW trial 8 years ago, it was a learning experience for both of us. I wanted to study more about this new sport, so I attended seminars by Amy Herot, Dianna Santos, and Stacy Barnett. This was such an interesting sport that I applied to be a scent trial judge and started teaching. Currently I am a judge for USCSS, PSD and AKC and teach 3 classes a week.
Rhys received his NW1 title and has gone on to title and compete in PSD and USCSS trials. In addition to Rhys, there is another Lab, Chip and a border/whippet Milo at home. They compete in various dog sports including agility, hunt, dock diving and obedience, which keeps me very busy.