I was born and raised in Santa Rosa California. My love for animals began as soon as I could walk and talk. By the age of seven I knew I wanted to train animals. I wrote a paper in the fourth grade describing my future job and the paper was on me being a horse trainer. Horses were my first passion. I grew up in the country and always had lots of animals including 2 to 7 horses at a time and 2 to 5 dogs as well as other farm animals.
From the age 7 to 18 all of my focus was on my horses. I learned about animal behavior, proper handling, good ownership, and training methods that work and didn't work from my horses. I spent all of my free time with my horses. I was an active trail rider and spent every weekend at Annadel State Park riding with my friends. Vacations were spent camping with our horses. I showed my horses in western pleasure and competed in barrel racing and other Gymkhana events. Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Cotati was a much different place back when I was a kid and they were my playground. My friends and I spent all our free time riding hour horses from town to town.
At the age of 18 I moved my attention to dogs. I spent 13 years working in various dog related jobs including
Dog grooming (I'm a retired self taught dog groomer)
Canine Companion for Independence
Dog training facilities
Longmont Humane Society
Dogs Playing for Life (working with over 100 animal shelters in the US and Canada)
When I am not being a dog trainer I am being a single mom to my 10 year old son, Julian.