I have the pleasure of being one of your trainers for All Paws In. It is not hard for me to remember what it felt like when I joined All Paws In just starting out and upon my request to join, my mom said what a mother would to a 14 year old girl who insisted on joining a sport: “This will only last two weeks, tops.” - that was nearly twelve years ago! My 4-H dog was a Golden Retriever cross named Bailey and she taught me many things about dogs, training and showing. Together we achieved many placements at 4-H shows in Obedience, Rally, Agility, and Showmanship and through the United Kennel Club she received her first Agility title. Towards the end of my 4-H career, I added another dog to my team of canine partners, a red-tri Australian Shepherd by the name of Mercy. I learned even more through this spectacular dog as we accomplished many of things together: regional ranking in Jr. Showmanship, Multi Reserve Best in (Altered) Multi Breed Show and Best Junior Handler all through the United Kennel Club, titles in Agility, Obedience, and Rally through the American Kennel Club and along with that, many placement ribbons in various classes through 4-H. We have also been awarded Senior High Point and at the 4-H State Fair Dog Show, the honor of 2nd place in the Champions Youth program.
After a brief hiatus from showing, I acquired a third member for my canine partners and thus another project, a blue merle Australian Shepherd affectionately known as Tanner. Though our journey together has just begun, we have already achieved his Canine Good Citizen title through the American Kennel Club, something I have accomplished with Bailey and Mercy, and his Rally Novice and Beginner's Novice titles through AKC. Tanner is also a Conformation Champion through the United Kennel Club, with points in two other venues, and is titled in Dock Diving. His most notable accomplishment(s) is the work he does as a registered therapy dog through Alliance of Therapy Dogs. This project and club mean a great deal to me and I do what is in my power to see it and the students who choose to be part of it succeed. As with any sport, the youth that belong to the sport of dog showing are incredibly valuable and very much steer the direction of its future. As such, it is my every intention to give the tools needed to succeed in hope that they come to enjoy it every bit as I myself do.