- started her career in the late '70s learning the art and science of instructing owners to train
their companion dogs at the University of Delaware, with Dick Maller, author
of "21 Days to a Trained Dog."
- was a behavioral specialist, instructor and owner of "Happy Tails To You School
For Dogs" for 33 years and ran a private boarding kennel exclusively for her well
behaved students and was a guest speaker on canine behavior for area dog clubs, civic
and humane organizations and schools in a tri-county area. She also served as an expert
court witness on canine behavior.
- 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 competition dogs.
- was the weekly "Let's Talk About Dogs" columnist 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 six states and the District of Columbia in the mid-80s.
- helped close to 12,000 dogs and their owners in Northern Ohio to develop terrific, positive relationships.
- appeared with her dogs on local television spots, and co-hosted fund-raisers with WJW TVs personality, Dick
Goddard, for local humane organizations.
- experienced working with almost all AKC breeds as well as many Rare Breeds and mixed breeds and was an AKC
approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and STAR PUPPY instructor for a number of years.
- successfully raised and titled Briards in both conformation and obedience in the '80s and, since 1990, has
successfully raised, shown and bred Leonbergers under the name kennel name "Cherrywood". To date
Cherrywood has produced 14 Champions, 3 Grand Champions and many Leos with Performance titles as well.
- is living with, showing and breeding Cherrywood Leonbergers, on a limited basis, for type, temperament, and
health since 1990 and has furthered the health of the breed by being instrumental in 18 years of research to
find the LPN1 and LPN2 genetic mutations causing two types of polyneuropathy that is in the breed. Since their
discoveries in June 2010 and 2014, genetic tests to help breeders eliminate these 2 versions of polyneuropathy
affecting the breed has now become a reality. Leonberger Polyneuropathy
- has been a very active member in the Leonberger Club of America since 1990 serving on the Board of
Directors, Show Committee, Governance Committee, Breeding Committee and is the co-founder of the LCA's
Leonberger University project to help preserve the past and educate the future Leonberger Fanciers.
Leonbergers are placed with our previous owners and on word of mouth referrals from previous clients!"
- is pleased to say that " due to our knowledge, dedication, and concern for our puppies, 75% of Cherrywood's