A lifetime spent with animals
I always tell people I was raised by Doberman Pinschers. My parents trained a pair of award winning obedience Dobies. I remember them as the perfect dogs! Caige in particular was a superhero. He chased bad guys, loved our family unconditionally, and was always ready to be my babysitter.
The first dog I ever put through a 10 week training program was a little guy named Gus. That mischievous little wire-haired mutt we took in off the street ended up teaching me so much, and instilled a lifelong love of dogs and the motivation to understand what makes them tick.
The truth is I can't remember a time when I wasn't working with and around dogs. Raised on an animal sanctuary, I've shared in the responsibility of caring for, rehabilitating and training animals since childhood. That lifelong experience has served me well as I've gone on to train service dogs, donated an award winning search and rescue dog to a local police department, established the Enrichment program at Halsey East Animal Clinic, and worked directly with the public to improve the lives of dogs and their families nationwide.