My dogs, my teachers…

I have had many dogs throughout my entire life. My first real training experience was in the 1970’s, as a teenager when I trained and competed in obedience and conformation with our family pet, a wonderful and much loved Great Pyrenees named Heidi. Since then there have been non-stop wonderful dogs that have come and gone in my life, and several breaks from competition training, but training nonetheless.

Since 2003, the dogs shown below have been my best friends and teachers. As of 2020 I have pretty much moved on from competition sports, but I still include sports training itself as a large part of our overall life enrichment! This remains a journey of discovery, together with all of my beautiful dogs and those of my friends and students, and my instructors, for all of whom I am very grateful.

The Girls, Abby and Haley– In the first picture Haley is left and Abby, right.

UCDX, UAGll, Little Miss Dynamite Abby, CD, CDX-H, VER, RL3,(AOE), ATD, TDI, CGC

UCD, UAGll, Miss Princess Haley, UD-H, RL-3, (AOE), ATD, TDI, CGC,

From 2003-2013 Abby and Haley competed in a variety of sports including Obedience, Rally, Tricks and Treibball, with a couple of Agility titles along the way as well. Combined, they earned 7 Highs in Trial in Obedience (UKC, CDSP) and Awards of Excellence in all 3 levels of APDT Rally. In 2011 Haley earned the #10 spot in the national rankings of CDSP  Utility. In 2012 Abby (at the age of 12 yrs.) earned AKC recognition for being one of the first two All-Americans to earn the AKC Obedience Versatility title (VER). In 2010 we began training Treibball, and in 2012 started participating in the first World Treibball League. In late 2013, Abby (13+ yrs.) and Haley (11 yrs.) both earned their Advanced Trick Dog titles (ATD) through Do More With Your Dog.

We said our final goodbye to Abby on May 5, 2016 at age 17+. In Aug. 2019 we said our final goodbye to Haley at age 17. These girls are my angels forever.


Flash“, our Whippet boy. His full AKC name is Shannon Down Color in Lines. Born 10/14/2012 and joined our family on May 31, 2014.

Flash is a purebred whippet from racing lines. He is smart, quick, sweet, sensitive and playful. Since his arrival in June 2014 I have been working with him on competition Obedience, Treibball, Parkour, Tricks and FastCAT coursing. He presents some challenges being so sensitive, and definitely not bursting with confidence, but as always my priority is that all training and performing are positive experiences. He is a quick learner who loves to work, and I just adore him-

Flash’s accomplishments so far:

2018- Stunt Dog Novice, Do More With Your Dog and AKC recognized title

2018- AKC Farm Dog Certified, May 5, 2018 completed the 2 two required tests.

2017- BCAT, (AKC Fast coursing title), with 3 HIT’s! (fastest dog in trial)

2017-TDA (AKC Trick Dog Advanced) and Expert Trick Dog (ETD)

2016- Obedience- TEAM 1-Fenzi TEAM Titles, Level 1 and Pre-2.

2016- NTD- Novice Trick Dog

2015- IPKD-N, Novice Parkour Dog

2015- Completed  NATE Treibball Skills Certification, Level 2 in all 3 categories: Distance,  Directionals, and Pushing.

2015-17-World Treibball League player


April 2017, enter 18 month old “Wilkie”, the “Cirpet”! Wilkie is a cross of Whippet and Cirneco dell Etna. Technically that makes him a “Longdog”, which is defined as a cross of 2 sighthound breeds. Or a “Lurcher” if you don’t consider the Cirneco as a true sighthound:) Because of his insatiable curiosity, his official AKC name is “Wilkie Wants To Know”.

We are just now getting acquainted and will see where his sweet disposition, curiosity and high energy takes us!