Trish is a native of Manistique, MI. In 1985 her family moved to Savannah, GA where she lived for 17 years and met and married Wayne.
Trish taught basic obedience classes for the Pet Assistance League of Savannah, Inc. for 10 years as a volunteer. PALS specializes in teaching good manners to problem pooches, so she has a lot of experience in dealing with a variety of behavioral issues. She also spent many years as a certified evaluator for AKC's Canine Good Citizen program.
She has trained two of her own dogs to AKC's CD (Companion Dog) level of obedience, but does not find obedience competition exciting enough to pursue any more titles in that field. Three of her dogs have been certified Therapy Dogs through Therapy Dogs International, and one (Henna) was certified through The Delta Society.
Trish shows her Vizslas in conformation and all of her show dogs have been completely owner-handled to their titles. She has recently started handling some of their dogs in field trials. Trish also rides her horses in NATRC Competitive Trail events, a sport which combines endurance riding and trail obstacles.
1995, Trish started volunteering with a group called Save-A-Life, Inc. in Savannah, GA as a foster “mom” for homeless dogs. Feeling a need to do even more, in 1998 she and two of her closest friends started Second Chance Dog Rescue & Referral, Inc., a non-profit dog rescue organization. This offered even more opportunities for Trish to help dogs with a wide variety of behavioral and training problems to become "rehabilitated" and get a fresh start in a new home. When working with Second Chance in Savannah, Trish was the primary foster home and often housed up to 20 dogs in her home at one time. And yes, for those of you who wonder, order was maintained at all times!
All total, Trish has had over 300 foster dogs go through her home, many with behavioral problems.
Wayne is a native of Savannah, GA. He met Trish at PALS dog training class (she was his instructor!). After going through several classes with his recalcitrant hound mix "Sam," Wayne was "volunteered" into the training corp and assisted Trish for several years in instructing the classes.
Wayne's interests lie in the area of field trials and hunt tests for pointing breeds. Although an amateur, he has learned as much as he can about training his own bird dogs for competition, and handles them in competitive field trials (both AKC and American Field) and Hunt Tests. He has earned Junior Hunter (JH) titles on three of his dogs, has titled one of his dogs to AFC and FC status, another to FC, is working on a MH and has successfully handled all of his gun dogs to placements in field trials against professional handlers in all-breed trials.
Wayne is an AKC licensed judge for both Pointing Breed Field Trials and Hunt Tests. He is also beginning to get involved with NAVHDA events, which involves not only training for upland gamebird work, but also water retrieving and tracking.
In September, 2004, Wayne and Trish moved to the Phenix City, AL area, where they purchased a 10-acre minifarm. Together, they have eleven dogs - 5 Vizslas and 6 English Setters. They also have 4 horses, 2 cats, and a Katahdin sheep with an identity crisis.