Although she grew up with dogs, mainly German Shepherds and mixes, Maureen never thought she would be described as a dog lover. After college, she knew she wanted a German Shepherd, but believed a Shepherd needed a home with a fenced in yard in which to play. When she finally found that home, Maureen adopted Christy, a beautiful black and grey Shepherd, who was a reject from the Leader Dog for the Blind School in Rochester, Michigan.
After Christy came Patty, then Molly; also German Shepherds. Patty was brilliant and well behaved. Molly hardly made it through obedience class; she had very short attention span.The training class instructor suggested Maureen take Molly to an agility class which turned out to be very good advice. Molly excelled at agility and became the ultimate love bug who liked nothing better than a game of fetch. Patty went on to become a great therapy dog, and a blood donor at the NC State Vet School.
Then Maureen discovered the wonderful world of rescues, and soon thereafter adopted Katie, a six month old German Shepherd mix from German Shepherd Rescue and Adoption (GSRA). Five months after adopting Katie, Maureen started fostering GSRA pups. That’s when Maureen became passionate about dogs and getting them started off with proper manners. She was often asked how she could give up her fosters after putting so much time and effort into making them so well socialized and trained. Maureen’s response was she felt very fortunate to have the three great dogs she had, and others deserved the same.
After working 30 plus years in banking, Maureen decided it was time to pursue her passion for the training and development of dogs so other dogs and their owners could enjoy the same relationship that she has with her dogs.