Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. I'll be writing posts about the health and wellness of dogs, with particular attention given to the needs of working, working sport, and performance dogs. I started this blog because while the majority of dogs seen by vets fit somewhere in between couch potatoes and weekend warriors, dogs that do herding, protection sport, field trials, military working dogs, police dogs, hunting, agility, dog sledding, racing, and so on are a bit different. I try to learn as much as I can about the different working and performance sports so as to better serve the canine athletes and their owners and handlers.
As an introduction, I earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, masters and bachelors degrees in biological sciences, and a bachelors degree in religious studies all from the University of Missouri. My special interests are in clinical nutrition, canine sports medicine, behavior, reproduction, and holistic medicine.
I currently have three working sport dogs (and one old pet dog). Fawkes (Ordre du Phenix du Dantero BH, AD, CGC, TT) is a four year old Belgian Malinois and my main dog I train with. We've trained or dabbled in protection sport (PSA, teeny bit of Schutzhund), herding, dock diving, and disc. If it looks fun, we'll try it! We hope to be getting more titles in dock diving and PSA this summer. *fingers crossed* Lily TDI, PALS cert., CGC, TT is a 6 year old Belgian Malinois who was a rescue. My husband handles her in herding and I dabble a bit with her in PSA. Elsa vom Gestalt CGC, PALS cert. is a 12 year old Rottweiler who is a shelter dog, a certified therapy dog, and a very natural herding dog. Buck CGC is a 14 year old husky/Rottweiler mix.
This is Fawkes and me below. Pretty handsome fellow, eh? Welcome to my blog and feel free to leave questions and comments!