How long have you been a UKC judge? I have been a judge for 10 years.
Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs? I am not a breeder. I bred one litter of Bullmastiffs a very long time ago. I hated the whole process, from picking out the correct stud dog to placing puppies in the right homes. I prefer having male dogs and would rather leave that very important and difficult job to others who have the desire and talent.
How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance) I have been involved with the sport of dogs since I got my very first “my” dog, a Rottweiler, in 1992.
What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging? I enjoy Conformation, Agility and Obedience. I have previously participated in protection work, and have just recently had a very enjoyable experience in herding.
In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs?(Conformation/Performance events) When I got my first dog, as a mentioned a Rottweiler, I knew he came with an important responsibility to be able to control him. When I went for my first obedience lesson, I met a wonderful lady, Ms. Sarah Rodeheaver, who introduced me to competitive events with my dog. Later, when I was introduced to Belgian Shepherds, it was with my very dear friend, Nikki Swap, that I became truly competitive and developed an interest in becoming a judge.
In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events) My first Belgian Shepherd was Ferrari de la Lune, “Crash”. He showed me what a true heart dog is. I was overjoyed when we achieved an Agility High
In Trial, then #1 BSD in 2006. While in Europe he won several Champion certificates in multiple countries and placed twice at Crufts was amazing. I didn’t think it could get any better. I was wrong. My next dog, Domburg Moves Like Jagger, “Ari’i", became the youngest Belgian Shepherd Champion in the UK and won the UBSDA National at his first show in the US. I can’t wait to see what’s next.