I have always had dogs in my house. At the age of 14, I was in 4-H, which led me to dog shows. After telling a family friend that I wanted a Great Dane, she introduced me to Peggy Mignon of ValbyDane, and the rest, as they say, is history. Peggy sold me my first Dane when I was 16 years old, and has mentored me in the Dane and Dog Show world ever since. Along the way, I have met and had the pleasure of working with some amazing people. I have been lucky enough to have an amazing compliment of Dane Breeders and All Breed Handlers available to answer my questions and give me guidance.
As much as I didn't grow up in the world of dog shows, it is very much a driving force in my life now. To date, I have had the pleasure of have co-breeding 3 different Best in Specialty winners, all three of whom are also multiple group placers. As a handler, I have been on the end of the leads of some amazing dogs. While I have yet to take a Best in Show myself, I have shown several dogs who have won the coveted title. With multiple different breeds, I am proud to say we have received many group placements, a Best in Specialty, a Best Veteran in Show, Specialty Awards of Merit, Specialty Selects, among many other accolades.
To this day, my favorite and most memorable ribbons are with my own dogs. As a result of co-breeding the 2013 Design Litter, I got to finally say I was a "breeder, owner, handler". Behind that title holds great responsibility and pride, knowing that what is on the end of the leash is a dog that you had a hand in creating. That Litter has accomplished so much on top of Specialty wins and Group Placements. As a team, they have managed to win three straight Best Brood Bitch in Specialties, as well as two Best Brace in Specialties. While the group as a whole is retired from the ring, the next generations look to be promising.
Outside the dog world, I have a multitude of passions. Design in any capacity has always interested me, and I have been lucky enough to have friends who indulge me and let me try out my skills. I do ad design for dogs and small businesses, as well as enjoy dabbling in interior design.