Canine Good Citizen - 2013
Julie grew up with cats, and only started living with a dog in 2001. She and her husband rescued a Shiba Inu/Shepard mix puppy and were scheduled to take this puppy to the vet for its first examination on September 11th, 2001. Needless to say, the puppy went to the vet on September 12th, 2001. Sasha was a calm, smart, athletic dog with a wonderful, easy-going disposition. Julie thought all dogs would be like Sasha. In 2011, she and her husband decided to get a second dog that would primarily be taken care of by Julie. This dog is Amber, a rescue, adopted into the family at 8 months old. Amber is an energetic, extremely smart and athletic Australian Cattle Dog/Foxhound mix. A true “wild child”, Julie had to find more to do with her than hiking and walking. This dog needed a mental challenge. Kristin Fertschneider, a good friend who also happens to be a dog trainer, suggested nose work. It took a year to finally sign up, but Julie did so in January of 2013, and started this journey with Penny Scott-Fox. Since then, Julie and Amber have been lucky enough to train with Ramona Audette, Barbara Schwerdt, Kim Buchanan, Jo Trent, Vicky Lovejoy and Amy Herot, and when they’re not hiking or walking or driving, can be found doing nose work…something they are both passionate about.
Ann has been involved in nose work trialing with her German Shepherd Dog, Valor, since the fall of 2010. Valor was being raised as a puppy-in-training for Guide Dogs of America but when she was "career-changed," the career became nose work.
A chance viewing on friend, Jean Richardson's Facebook page mentioned nose work and prompted Ann to ask Jean just exactly what that was. It didn't take long to find nearby CNWI Penny Scott-Fox, who started Valor and Ann off in nose work. Since then Ann has been lucky to have instructors Ramona Audette, Amy Herot, Jeff McMahon and Barbara Schwerdt. She believes you can't have too many instructors because they all contribute different approaches and insights to nose work.
Candle Hill Shepherds - 9/10/09
Canine Good Citizen - 2010
Therapy Dogs International - 1/18/13
Deceased - 12/30/17