Crosby was my first dog, the first canine in my care. In 2007, I adopted her from the Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado and it set me on the path to where I am today. She was an owner relinquish; a natural born runner and jumper, she was an escape artist that they couldn’t deal with any longer. Over the next 11 years, Crosby taught me a lot about myself and canines, even more so in hindsight. Sadly, in June 2018, it was discovered cancer had taken over her organs. With one final gift, helping me confront and overcome my alcoholism, she crossed over the rainbow bridge.
February 2019, by chance, I happened to be in a pet store and that’s how Willow entered my life. An eight week old pup, Willow decided she was going to be coming home with me and teach me some lessons about puppies that Crosby hadn’t been able to. In October 2020, Kia was added to our family via an adoption from Noah’s Ark in Rockford, Illinois. Kia unfortunately, didn’t handle her first family’s newest little addition very well and they decided to relinquish her to the rescue. Kia and Willow, like Crosby before them, have continued to teach me about myself and our relationship with canines.
Using positive reinforcement techniques, I’ve been able to have wonderful relationships with my dogs and would like to assist you and your canine companions with the same.