|I have been involved with dogs my entire life. I grew up with a Dachshund but my original AKC conformation breeds were Pugs and Borzoi. We obtained our first Pug in 1965 and have bred several champions. I have been honored with Lifetime Membership in the Pug Dog Club of America, and "Life Member" of the Borzoi Club of America. Our first Borzoi Champion also earned his Utility degree in obedience.
I was active in the early days of open field coursing and ran with all the sighthounds. I was instrumental in the creation of lure coursing trials and help work to have AKC recognize lure coursing as an official AKC event.
In 1973, I was approved as an AKC Licensed Handler. I remained active as an all-breed professional dog handler until I retired from handling in 1999 and became an AKC approved judge. I have shown and finished champions in breeds from every group. I have owned Belgian Sheepdogs, Labrador Retrievers, Dachshunds, Borzoi, Whippets and Pugs.
I am currently approved by AKC to judge 5 groups (the Sporting group, Hound group, Terrier group, Working group, & Herding Group), plus Pugs, Papillons and Toy Manchester Terriers, along with all the Miscellaneous breeds, Best In Show and all breed Junior Showmanship.