There has been a dog in my life for the past 50+ years. My husband Albert and I work together bouncing ideas back and
forth for breeding and keeper puppy decisions plus helping me iron out the quirks on how they are presented in the show
ring. I have learned along the way with a lot of reading and help from many people. I've owned a few breeds: a rough
collie, an Irish Setter, which I sent out on a handler; a Newf and a Portuguese Water Dog that I showed. My journey of
breeding and exhibiting began with Siberian Huskies. I have learned the ropes with some of the best of both breeders
and exhibitors taking multiple handling classes, courses and enjoying countless hours of discussions, gleaning what I
could from a number wonderful people of different breeds over the last 25+ years.
After moving to the farm I jumped 'total immersion' into my husbands' breeding/show operation of Clydesdales horses
bouncing ideas then to regarding the 35 to 45 Clydes we owned. We exhibited our Clydesdales throughout Southern Ontario
at many Fall Fairs including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto both 'on the line' in conformation and in
hitch classes... from single cart class up to and including an 8 horse hitch. There was a Hewson Clyde in every Royal
from inception until 2004.
I fell in love with the Australian Shepherd and they became my breed continuing under the ThundeRun prefix since 1998.
I have enjoyed success with my breeding program obtaining many Championships on dogs I've bred, both Sibes and Aussies,
as well as others I've had the pleasure to own along the way. I've had a few breeder/owner/handled BIS and BPIS winners
and multiple dogs in the top 15 Aussies over the years. As well as conformation I dabble in some performance events
with my Aussies, mostly in my backyard, altho' I do have a few CGN, HIC and RN titled dogs; plus multiple agility titled
Aussies owned and handled by others. This is our hobby and we enjoy showing the fruits of our labour.
I care deeply about the 'industry', and am learning so much more since I was encouraged to pursue a judging career;
seeing how it works from the middle of the ring, not just on the mats. Still in the early stages of my judging journey,
I have had the pleasure of judging many lovely exhibits across Canada, eastern U.S. and a few Australian Shepherd of
America shows in the U.S. The fun is just beginning!