I started in the "Dog Fancy" in 1976, when I worked for Teddie Fourroux as a pet and show groomer, trainer, conformation handler, and of course, 'kennel' hand. But I have actually had beloved dogs since I was about 6 months old. All told I've had more than 63 years of direct dog experience, including many years of professional experience.
In 2000, my wife LauRose and I adopted our first "official" rescued dog, Honeybee, a skinny, scared, 11 month old Miniature American Eskimo dog. We rapidly became "uber-volunteers" in the burgeoning dog rescue scene in San Francisco. We fostered and placed more than a dozen dozen rescues (more than a gross) because we were also for a time one of the homes where a BUNCH of dogs recently rescued from high-kill shelters or breeding situations gone awry (called "hoarders") or private turnovers, could go, while en route to other foster placements. We fostered all sorts of dogs, including special medical needs, whelping females, temperament challenges, and new litters. I observed and evaluated doggie temperaments relative to placement in adoptive homes, did home visits for prospective adopters, and trained other rescue volunteers. It was exciting, exhausting work. I also resurrected my four youthful years of intensive dogly work, read every bit of literature out there about dogs that I hadn't already put on my shelves, and concentrated on learning everything possible about dogs according to modern dog theorists, coat and health dogsters, and dog behaviorists.
When I decided to NOT be a (human) litigation support paralegal, my family suggested I go back full time into what I already knew and loved: keeping company with dogs. Didgeridog PlayCare opened its doors in our home on April 7, 2007.
I retired after ten years of love and care in doggie daycare and overnights, having met and loved and cared for numerous small dog clients and their people during those years. When I retired, there were 116 families actively using our services, whom I helped to connect with other small dog specialists to find the services they needed.
I welcome new information, and have a lot to share, including general doggie knowledge, behaviors, skin and haircoat and general health, and nutrition. I was often asked to write about my experiences, and sometimes wrote short pieces to address a particular question or area of concern, but never really concentrated on this, as I was involved every day with direct dog care.
I am excited to re-start Didgeridog PlayCare's Facebook page and web presence, to continue to connect with other dog lovers. This isn't a business in the usual sense of that word, but it is a passion that continues to enrich my life. I hope it enriches your in similar ways.
Brookings, OR USA