The history behind my site
I have been involved with dogs all my life. It started with my pets as a child and grew into becoming a Professional Dog Groomer.
I was unhappy with my job in my early 20's so I looked for a job that
would allow me to be involved with dogs. A job came up that was for a dog groomer at a local kennel, no experience needed. I was so excited! I had a poodle as a teen. I purchased a clipper and a book. Boy did my dog get some funny haircuts! So I had a little experience. The perk with the job was that they would send me to grooming school if they hired me. I couldn't believe it. Well, I didn't get the job, but I quit my job and commuted to Chicago for 6 weeks to learn my new trade. I ended up grooming for 30 years. It was the best decision I ever made.
The grooming sent me off in another direction. I started raising and showing dogs in obedience and conformation. I did that for about 20 years. Now I am a director with a local rescue group. I help with screening applicants, interviewing new adopters, fostering, training and transporting.
Because of our close proximity to Madison we have had many people stop by and ask if they could exercise their dogs here. It has been in the back of my mind for about 20 years to fence off an area for dog exercise. I have finally done it! My dogs love it and I hope yours do too.
As of late August of 2017 we have added an Indoor Playground. We renovated the existing diary barn on our property for this purpose. Whew! Easier said than done!
One or two more passions
After retiring from grooming I needed an outlet for my creative side. I took some classes for making jewelry with my Granddaughter. It didn't take me long to get hooked. After poking around for mediums to use for my jewlery I was looking to purchase some raw metals to make earrings and pendants. I got to thinking. Why not aluminum cans? They have a huge variety of color and I would be repurposing. I have been making and selling for many years now, but I am not enjoying it as much as I used to. I can't quit making them. I enjoy it too much!
I am a 10 year breast cancer survivor. I lost my sister in December of 2015 to breast cancer. I am making and donating my earrings to local Oncology clinics for women going through treatment. This satisfies my heart and soul so much more than selling. You can click on the photo below that will take you to my Facebook page, if you are interested in seeing a small sampling of my work.
I am a director at Midwest Area Pit Stop. I have always been someone who roots for the underdog. The Pit Bull is the ultimate underdog. I have learned they are a wonderful loving breed. The problem is that dogs that are labeled "Pit Bulls" are in fact mixed breeds. More than 95% of the dogs in our rescue are mixes. I know this because we run DNA on every dog that comes into the rescue. Therefore when it is shown they are indeed mixes, BSL, animal control, insurance companies and landlords can't discriminate. It helps to place more dogs and it helps potential adopters understand what behaviors to expect from their new friend.
Because of my involement with Pit Bull mixes, I have had to acknowledge that they aren't always friendly with other dogs. It isn't just true of this breed, but many dogs don't care for other dogs. I also don't believe that the public dog parks are a good place for most dogs. This has prompted me to go forward with my idea for a private dog park.