Approved for the Herding Group, Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies, PBGVs, BIS, Miscellaneous breeds and Junior Showmanship.
How did you first become involved in dogs? What breeds have you been involved with and in what capacity – breeder, owner, handler?
While in high school my first show dog was a Collie from Dave and Jean Parker of North East, Pa. After undergraduate school I met Tammy and Marvin Smith of Tamara Old English Sheepdogs and that was the start of my OES life. They taught me how to groom, show, analyze pedigrees, whelp litters and evaluate puppies and gave me the skills to appreciate this wonderful breed. On a limited basis we have bred over 100 champions with BIS, BISS and Top 20 winners and top producers. My husband Tim and I acquired a PBGV that went on to win the National Specialty, all-breed Best in Shows and multiple Best in Specialty Shows. Ch. Elan Cartouche de Qubic — ‘Nate’ — was a wonderful producer and we also had the pleasure of showing his children and breeding this rustic, happy breed on a limited basis.
Who has been your mentor or mentors?
You look back over the years and it is amazing the knowledgeable people who coached you along the way — Jim Trullinger, Council Parker, Donavon Thompson and Michele Billings. They become your friends and confidants and help you set standards to be the kind of person you aspire to be in dogs and in life.
What is, or was, your profession?
My first profession was a speech pathologist. I then went on to get my MBA and moved into the private sector, becoming an IT/Networking executive for a major Michigan corporation. I retired three years ago.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests other than judging?
I am very active with the Ann Arbor KC. I am show chair and will soon be their delegate to the AKC. I am Judges Education Chair for the OESCA. After retirement I decided to continue as a life-long learner and attend law school.
Do you have any pet peeves when judging?
Bait! It can be a useful tool for the handler if used properly. Learn to use bait correctly. Don’t put food in your dog’s mouth during examination, especially when the judge is examining the bite! I haven’t resorted to banning bait in my ring, but might the next time I get a piece of it in my eye. The first time I did, I had to stop judging long enough to get my eye to stop tearing. I told the exhibitors to slow down with it, and if they thought I wasn’t doing a very good job with two eyes, to wait until they see how I do with one!