I was privileged to have the Golden Retriever Club of America interview me about my Wynwood Goldens. The interview was published in the May-June 2010 issue of the Golden Retriever News. It has been a great honor to share my life with my Goldens and the article can be read by clicking on this link....
I have been involved in the "world of dogs" since 1975. These involvements include:
Obedience: Trained and finished two Obedience Trial Champions, several Utility Dog titles, Companion Dog Excellent titles, Companion Dog titles and one Tracking Dog title.
Field: Field trained and run my dogs in AKC & UKC Hunt Tests. I have finished several Working Certificates and Working Certificate Excellents, Junior Hunter titles, Senior Hunter titles, five Master Hunter titles, one Qualified All Age Dog, one Hunting Retriever Champion title and two Hunting Retriever titles.
Breeding: I have been breeding Golden Retrievers since 1978 under the Kennel name, Wynwood, as competitive obedience dogs, hunting and hunt test dogs and family companions. Bred 40 Obedience Trial Champions along with Tournament Winners and placers. The Golden Retrievers that I have bred have been regularly rated among the top obedience dogs/all breeds. I have owned and bred multiple Outstanding producers, and bred the AKC "National Obedience Champion" for 2002. I have only bred 1 - 2 litters a year since 1978, and have owned 13 Golden Retrievers to date.
Previously on the Board of Directors for the Ft. Detroit Golden Retriever Club. Chairperson for the 1989 Golden Retriever Club of America Jump Height Committe, a significant committee that was instrumental in lowering obedience jump heights for all breeds. Member of Marshbanks Golden Retriever Club and The Golden Retriever Club of America.
Employment: Manager and Trainer at Canine Workshop, an obedience training school for dogs, for eight years. Owner of Dog Days, Inc., an obedience training school in Rochester, MI for eight years.
Volunteered for Paws With A Cause, an organization that trains dogs for people with disabilities, for many years.
Employed by Paws With A Cause for nine years. Responsibilities included developing a Breeding Program and managing this program, Field Trainer, Needs Assessments, Certifications, Dog evaluations. Field trained 16 Assistance Dogs for people with disabilities since 1998.
Employed by Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan as Breeding Program Manager. Responsibilities include managing and educating all the host homes (95+) that the breeding stock lived with, breeding all dogs either naturally, artificially or assisting in transcervical inseminations. Producing 200 - 300 puppies a year. Responsible for all cryogenic work, preserving for the future, the quality of the Leader Dog stock. Data entry to track all dogs hosted, bred, puppies whelped, benchmark goals to track and achieve the best dog guide possible. Retired from Leader Dogs for the Blind in April 2011.
Rocky and I at a hunt test 2012