I have lived my entire life with Muscular Dystrophy. I use a power wheelchair and other adaptive technology to manage my daily life and rely on my beloved animals to help keep me grounded in the world of nature. I have been fortunate enough to have very supportive family and friends and all things considered have lived a remarkable, adventurous life. I have enjoyed college, 3 careers, marriage, kids, and have traveled to 4 countries. I can't wait to see what God brings next! I have worked in animal behavior and pet assisted therapy for over 30 years, including 15 years in the assistance dog industry, where I worked for Canine Companions for Independence in many capacities. I have had the privilege of sharing my life with 5 different Assistance Dogs over the years and have worked with hundreds of others.
In 1988 I moved to Oregon and along with my sister Sue, started The Adaptive Riding Institute, now known as HART Horses Adaptive Riding and Therapy, an equestrian organization serving people with disabilities. It was there that I met and married my husband Del. For the next 22 years I lived on a ten acre horse ranch in the foothills of the Cascades. Although fairly remote it was never lonely. We shared our home with a menagerie worthy of Dr. Doolittle including, my Assistance Dogs, several family pets, numerous dogs belonging to ranch staff, and up to 18 barn and house cats at one time. We've had one very friendly male peacock, and a goat who continuously tried to convince us he should live in the house. The 30 horses lived predominantly outside, with the exception of the 2 minis who were occasionally brought in as part of their training in preparation for visiting schools, hospitals and other therapy settings; and of course my mustang PJ who would visit me in my room when illness or harsh weather prevent me from venturing out.
A few years ago a friend introduced me to Cavaliers and my life has never been the same. I have never met a breed of dog more endearing or personable, and I have known a lot of dogs! Although I have no desire to show my Cavaliers, I now breed individuals of the highest quality and best health. I feel very strongly that inferior animals (of any species) should never be used for reproduction. I am aware that the Cavalier, like all pure bred dogs, has the potential for hereditary defects which of course I am eager to avoid. My adults are all heart and eye certified. I breed them for pets, pet therapy and as companions for the elderly and disabled. They come from good stock and are free from any known defects. I'm not interested in trophies, I want healthy, intelligent, good tempered dogs. I breed with an emphasis on pets who are loving, healthy and smart. I currently live in Central Oregon.