We are located on a farm a few miles north of Ocala, Florida where my husband and I have lived for over 30 years. We are both veterinarians and graduates of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where we are from. Kevin works with horses only and I have spent the majority of my career as an Anatomic Pathologist working for the University of Florida after completing a pathology residency. I am specialized in diagnosis of diseases of the skin but have worked on so many different types of animals and tissues that it would be impossible to recount. I also served as the Associate Dean of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine for a number of years. I have enjoyed my time at UF and my wonderful colleagues but am now looking forward to more personal time to spend with my family, friends and dogs. We have three wonderful children and two Golden Retrievers and of course, Jack the Cat. Our farm is a haven for a retriever with acres to run and train. Our dogs are with us constantly and are part of the family.
I have been in love with the Golden Retriever breed since my first part Golden, Ama. She was my closest companion beginning in my sophomore year in college, through veterinary school, 7 years of private practice, a pathology residency, and a number of years into my marriage and faculty position at UF. Ama is my “Mr. Bojangles” as at the time of her death she had been with me for over half my life and some challenging times. Once in awhile, both my husband and I accidentally call Luna, Ama. I will never forget Ama.
I have had purebred Golden Retrievers for over 20 years and you can read about all my past and present dogs on the website. Luna and Rhett have been the first of my dogs that have entered world of the people and dogs that make up what I consider to be the professional side of the Golden Retriever World. I have met so many people filled with passion for the breed and many with extensive experience raising and training these amazing dogs. I am fortunate to be part of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club
. The members are so welcoming and eager to share their experiences. I owe extra gratitude for mentorship to club member and good friend, Robin Bowen, of Prism Golden Retrievers
Robin has shared so much of her knowledge with me and helped me to make decision to choose Rhett. I have been in awe at the accomplishments of the people and dogs in the MFGRC. I feel honored to be a part of this group and to have had and continue to have the opportunities to learn and expand on my knowledge regarding the many different challenging and fun activities available to pursue with Rhett and Luna. Luna has participated in or been introduced to obedience, conformation, barn hunt, dock diving, and tracking. Rhett has spent his time in obedience training and of course, conformation. I choose to pursue titles immediately with Rhett and I think he spoiled me with his quick finishes. Rhett and I now starting to pursue field training and an obedience title. He is a dog that wants a job, like most Goldens, and I excited about his potential and eagerness. I am looking forward to Luna’s first little this year.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the MFGRC and am an active member. I plan to be engaged in the planning and delivery of the Golden Retriever Club of America National to be held in Ocala in October of 2020. Be sure to mark your calendars for this spectacular event October 16-28, 2020.