|My involvement with the world of showing dogs began in 1968 with the purchase of my first show dog, a German Shepherd dog. In the mid-seventies I began breeding and showing Pembroke Welsh Corgis under the Jimanie prefix and have finished a Championship on a Pembroke Welsh Corgi on the average of one a year for the last 40+ years - almost all were breeder/owner handled to their titles. In 2010 I formed a loose partnership with two long-time friends, Denise Scott and Linda Stoddard, and we now breed and show under the Trifecta prefix.
I am a breeder/owner/handler and still breed and occasionally show. Over the years I have owned and shown dogs mostly from the Herding and Sporting Groups plus a few Toy breeds. I started out showing dogs from the Herding Group, but as a hunter, I always had a "bird dog" and thus also showed Brittanys, Pointers, Golden Retrievers and Irish Setters over the years. I have finished dogs in several other breeds from the Sporting and Toy groups.
I started my judging career in 1988 with AKC approval to judge German Shepherds, Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. I judge the Herding, Sporting and Toy groups and several of the Non-Sporting breeds as well. I have been fortunate enough to have judged dogs all over the US and Canada and also in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, China, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. In 2011 I was accorded the supreme honor of being asked to judge the Welsh Corgi League show in the UK and in previous years both the Cardigan and Pembroke Nationals in the US. I have also had the honor of having judged many National and Regional Specialties for breeds I did not breed, own or show from the Sporting, Herding and Toy groups throughout the years, an assignment I always enjoy!
Some of the highlights of my judging career have been judging at Westminster Kennel Club in 2006, doing the Herding Group at the Rose City Classic in Portland which was shown on Animal Planet and the national specialties for Clumber Spaniels, Field spaniels, Australian Shepherds, Bouviers (Canada) and the Top Twenty competition for the Golden Retriever Club of America as well as both of the Corgi national specialties and the Welsh Corgi League show mentioned above.
I make my living as an artist, mostly through the design of counted cross-stitch and needlepoint but also through paintings and sculpture as well as jewelry. I have recently begun authoring and producing DVD's on the canine, mostly dealing with structure and movement.