Philosophy

My entire life has revolved around animals. As a child I often spent more time with animals than I did with people. I certainly paid more attention to animals than I did to school work (in my defense, teachers had a habit of seating me next to a window. It was either pay attention to the math on the chalkboard or to the squirrels in the tree outside. I named the squirrels.)

Much of my childhood was spent with my father in a truck and trailer, heading to horse shows throughout the American southeast. As a youth I showed in AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) and in APHA (American Paint Horse Association) events. By the age of 16 I had qualified for the AQHA World Horse Show with a two-year-old colt that I had started as a baby. That horse went on to win the World Show in hunter under saddle multiple times during the 2010s.

I wasn’t always so lucky to get the chance to start a horse with a clean slate. Often my parents would buy “problem” horses and I would spend 30-60 days riding and fixing the horse. We would then sell the horse and buy another project horse. From an early age I connected with and helped troubled or abused animals. Be it in the barn training horses, on the streets training dogs, or in animal hospitals where I spent many years in the trenches of emergency animal medicine.

After graduating high school in 1998, I went on to work for three separate World Champion horse trainers. I discovered that of this level of competition often revolves more around money than it does for the love of the animals. I became disillusioned with the entire horse show world and one day I simply walked away.

I ended up in Los Angeles and spent the next 18 years working in animal ER and training dogs. I never intended to become a dog trainer. In fact, the job had never even crossed my mind until someone pointed out that dogs responded to me. When I actually paid attention to it, I found that the troubled and abused dogs looked at me with the same eyes that the old problem horses did. The eyes that said ‘Please. Help me.’

I have made it my life's mission to help dogs and the people that love them. From the brand-new puppies, just stepping out into the world, to the difficult and aggressive dogs that people are unwilling or unable to work with. After moving to London four years ago, my life continues to revolve around these dogs. I will never stop helping dogs and I will never give up on them. After all, they’ve never given up on me.