Pat has enjoyed the amazing companionship of dogs for most of her life. Growing up on a farm, there were always many animals around. Pat learned her love for animals from her mother, whose compassion extended to even the pesky ones who raided the family garden. Pat's first dog was a little mixed breed from the local shelter. Taking him to obedience classes was the beginning of the road to dog training and competition. In 1981, Pat and her first Golden were among the first students with the newly formed Companion Dog Training School. Since that time, Pat has trained and shown several dogs to AKC and UKC titles, competing in regional and national competitions. Pat is a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America; a Board Member of Sandlapper Golden Retriever Club, and the correspondent to the GRCA's national magazine. She is involved with Golden Retriever Rescue. Pat has been with CDTS for 30 years, and enjoys teaching Puppy and Beginner classes. Pat finds great satisfaction in helping others discover the extraordinary relationship between human and canine, and to assist them in getting on the road to a long and happy companionship for years to come. Pat's philosophy is that once we make the decision to bring a dog to live in our lives, we become responsible for that dog's well-being for the entirety of its life. Training our dog in appropriate behavior is a huge part of that responsibility.
"A loved dog is a trained dog, and a trained dog is a companion for life."