has been a behavioral specialist, consultant, lecturer, instructor and owner of Happy Tails To You School For Dogs since 1980 , has served as an expert court witness on canine behavior and has been a guest speaker on canine behavior for area dog clubs, humane, civic organizations and schools in a tri-county area.
was the first instructor in the area to establish "kindergarten classes" in the early 80s, and to gear classes towards owners wanting well-behaved family companions rather than obedience trial dogs.
has helped more than 11,000 dogs and their owners in Northern Ohio to develop terrific relationships through understanding how a dog thinks and reacts.
began her career in the late '70s learning the art of instructing owners to train their dogs at the University of Delaware, with Dick Maller, author of "21 Days to a Trained Dog," and continues to attend seminars from a number of well known behaviorists and trainers.
wrote the weekly "Let's Talk About Dogs" column for the Elyria Chronicle for 7 years and was a member of the Dog Writers Association of America during that time. She was asked to write and narrate the video "Obedience For Your Dog" which was distributed in 6 states and the District of Columbia as wells.
has appeared with her dogs on local television spots and co-hosted fund-raisers withWJW TVs personality, Dick Goddard, for humane organizations.
has worked with almost all AKC breeds as well as many Rare Breeds and is an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator.
has successfully raised and shown Briards in the '80s and, since 1990, has successfully raised, shown and bred her Leonbergers at Cherrywood. A new addition at Cherrywood is future star, a beautiful Havana Silk Dog.
has bred Cherrywood Leonbergers for health, type and temperament since 1990 and was instrumental in getting an LPN1 genetic mutation test to help breeders eliminate one of the severe, early onset polyneuropathy affecting the breed. Leonberger Polyneuropathy
has recommended by veterinarians and pet professionals throughout Northeastern Ohio. 90% of Cherrywood's clients for both training and Leonbergers come from word of mouth referrals!