About Me

  I have always been an animal person for as long as I can remember.  Growing photo (8)up, we always had a family dog that I enjoyed training and caring for, but my other passion was horses.  As I grew up, I trained and competed in the hunter jumper circuit for years with my horses.  As I got older I eventually sold my horses and started working at a horse farm.  I did just about everything that came along with it, which included working out horses for my trainer and her clients.  A few years later I got a job as a veterinary technician at Middletown Veterinary Hospital which, for me, was a dream job.  Soon after I seemed to fade out of horses and set out on a new path.  One month after moving into my own place I got what I always wanted, but was “not allowed” to have, a Saint Bernard. 

 My first Saint, named Kahlua, was straight out of the paper.  She had every problem a saint could have but was one of the best  dogs I have ever owned.  I decided to take Kahlua to obedience school as a puppy.  That is where I met my friend and obedience mentor Susan Tucker.  I took basic obedience lessons.  I can remember that, after our class, there was an advanced class which was the show prep class.  I would stay and watch and thought this is something I would be interested in pursuing.  With Susan’s help and guidance, I went on to receive my first CD title with Kahlua.  We also took first place at an all breed show for her third leg.  I loved the training and the competition.  I eventually purchased my second Saint named Tango.  Tango also received his CD.

 A few years later, at an obedience trial, I met Tom and Terry Nuss.  I purchased my third Saint from them and they convinced me to show him in the conformation ring.  I owe a lot to Tom and Terry.  They guided me and helped me learn about a quality Saint and everything about showing a Saint in the conformation ring.  I finished “Linus” at sixteen months and that was it, I was hooked!  I went on to finish two more Saints.  I co-bred and whelped my first litter, all thanks to Tom and Terry.  They gave me such a great opportunity, and introduced me to the wonderful world of Saint Bernards. 

As of today I have been with Middletown Veterinary Hospital for eighteen years and am fortunate to work with a great group of people.  I usually only have about three or four Saints at a time, as I am a one woman show.  My Saints are my kids.  They are my family first and then show dogs.  I do all my own grooming, training and handling.  I usually have a lot on my plate with the Saints and working full-time at the veterinary hospital.  journey in the ringHowever, I have great friends and a wonderful family who love and support me.  I started with my first Saint in 1998 and my first show Saint in 2003.  Since then, I have shown many of my saints to receive confirmation, obedience and rally titles.  I am very proud of what I have accomplished with my dogs and look forward to a bright future.

  Salty, Savannah, Quest & Shelby 12/2011

 

 

 

 

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