K9 Nose Work™ Training Camp Midwest- Staff

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Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Carolyn Barney - Chris Busch - Laura Busch - Karin Damon - Sue Frisch - Jennie Keifer - Michael McManus - Natalie McManus - Jean Richardson - Andy Sperber - Dana Crevling - Kathy Austin

Amy Herot CPDT-KA, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work™ Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of experience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1500 instructional hours in detection dog training. As co-founder of K9 Nose Work, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work Association,LLC® (NACSW™), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of K9 Nose Work® classes and sport events.

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection. She has competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009. Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, is a nationally certified explosives detection dog and took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff's K9 Trial and holds an APR1 IPO title.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S.

Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA) and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy gives much volunteer time and expertise to the betterment of shelter dogs. Some of Amy’s other achievements have been the 2007 President's Volunteer Service Award, spcaLA's 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors and is a co-founder of NACSW™. In addition to teaching many of the top competitive teams, she has also reviewed hundreds of trial videos that have provided important insights into training and handling for success. Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC. www.allgooddogs.biz

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Jill Marie O'Brien, CPDT-KA, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

Jill Marie O'BrienNACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Jill Marie has been working with and training dogs since 1987.  As co-founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work® and K9 Nose Work® Jill Marie has focused her attention on the development of the K9 Nose Work® program. Her work has taken her to almost all the States of the Union, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and most recently Sweden. K9 Nose Work® the activity and sport competition is one of the fastest growing sport

In 1996 Jill Marie joined spcaLA and developed the agency’s first Animal Behavior and Training Department since its inception in 1877. During her time at spcaLA she created the HEAL program (Helping Enhance Animals’ Lives) to improve and enrich the lives of the animal clients in the shelter, developed the Standards Program for enhanced assessments, behavior modification and placement recommendations and wrote the dog training curriculum for the TLC program designed for at-risk youth. Jill Marie’s tenure working in the shelter environment has given her a unique insight into how successful dog/human relationships are developed and sustained.

Jill Marie's years of dog training experience includes developing a behavior assessment protocol for use in the shelter environment, agility instruction and competition, tracking, Animal Assisted Therapy, Schutzhund and canine detection training along with many hours of K9 Nose Work™ development and instruction. As one of the founders of the sport of K9 Nose Work™ and the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC™ she is a strong believer in activities that enhance and cultivate teamwork between dog & handler.

Along with her involvement with the NACSW and K9 Nose Work, Jill Marie operates her own dog training and consulting business in the Los Angeles area. She shares her life with her son, Aedan, and husband, Jim, and two dogs, Raven & Grip.

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Carolyn Barney CNWI, CPDT-KA, Instructor and Camp Store Manager

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Carolyn has been training dogs and their people professionally since 1985. In 1991 she founded Gemini Dog Training, a full service training and daycare facility and then DOGS! Learning Center in 2007. Over the years, Carolyn focused much of her time on behavior modification through private consulting and training classes. She has educated and coached owners of fearful, aggressive, reactive, and/or socially challenged dogs. Carolyn's teaching background includes: group classes and workshops on clicker training skills, reactive dog management, and a variety of dog sports that included: agility, obedience, tracking, and earthdog. Carolyn attended the first CNWI training course on the east coast and is currently teaching nose work two nights a week. Her students range from those using the activity for enrichment for dogs with behavioral challenges to those that have achieved their ELTCH and are trialing in Summit.

In November 2001, Carolyn made dog training history along with 117 other dog trainers in the USA, passing the first standardized professional certification test created by what is now known as the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. For the last three decades Carolyn has trained and mentored 100’s of potential dog training instructors. Many of her previous students and staff trained through her instructor programs have gone on to become Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), running their own classes and businesses.

The desire for a better understanding of the canine mind and behavior has been the motivating factor in all aspects of her dog experience. Beginning with traditional training techniques, she knew there had to be a better way. Pursuing that better way has evolved into clicker training and a more thoughtful scientific and effective use of operant and classical conditioning. Carolyn believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to new information and what every dog has to teach the human student. Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for over 35 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, agility, earth dog, and for the last decade in K9 Nose Work™. Carolyn's PRT, Steiff, earned the NW Elite title and participated in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Carolyn's  Border Collie, Breezy, has her ELT3 title and participated in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational winning one of the searches and placing in another. Her young rescue dog, Sam, has his NW1 and is preparing for NW2 competition. 

Along with her training and behavior work, Carolyn wrote Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies. Carolyn has 2 DVD’s from the Clean Run Instructor Conference, one on Agility Foundation and one on Scaredy Dogs. Carolyn has co-taught canine cognition/behavior courses at Harvard University Extension School with Bruce Blumberg PhD, lectures to dog trainers occasionally and worked for many years as a behavior consultant for the MSPCA, providing reactive dog training classes and behavior therapy for shelter dogs and their families. She teaches multiple K9NW classes each week from beginning students to teams with their elite titles. Carolyn's full-time job is Training Director of Operation Delta Dog, a not for profit that trains shelter dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.


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Chris Busch CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™ 

In 2008, while taking an obedience class at the SPCALA in Long Beach with his Weimaraner Barley, Chris learned of a new class that was being offered at the facility.  Fun Nose Work was just in it’s infancy.  Since that time, Chris has watched this fun class turn into a thriving dog sport that has grown nationwide.  Since that time he has been very active with the National Association of Canine Scent Work ™ (NACSW).  He has also spent countless hours volunteering and being a Certifying Official at NACSW™ trials and ORT’s. 

To learn more about animal behavior Chris volunteered for many years with the behavior and education department at his local shelter. During the time he spent at the shelter he helped with assessing dogs before being adopted and for special programs, which involved the dogs interacting with children and/or elderly people.

Barley is the first Weimaraner to achieve an NW1, NW2 and NW3 x2 title.  Barley and Chris have also achieved their NW3 Elite title and have been invited and competed in two NACSW™ National Invitational Trials. 

Chris and Laura (his wife) both currently teach all levels of K9 Nose Work classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach, CA.  He also teaches specialized workshops and skills clinics and hosts many seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams in his area. 

He is excited to be a returning camp instructor.

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Laura Busch CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Laura has always had a passion for dogs.  In 1999 Laura started, like many people, by taking basic classes with her own dog, Seneca (a rambunctious Chocolate Labrador).  Laura and Seneca really enjoyed their classes and training time together.  In 2007 Barley, a Weimaraner, joined the family.  Barley not only was rambunctious but needed a job to do.  Laura and her husband Chris not only trained him for obedience they were introduced to an up and coming new sport (K9 Nose Work®)  that would keep Barley mentally challenged. 

Laura has been very active with K9 Nose Work® since 2008 and has been involved with many Nose Work events as this sport has grown nationwide. When Laura first started K9 Nose Work® she and her husband co-handled their Weimaraner (Barley), but came to realize that it would be better for Barley to communicate with one handler rather than two.  In 2010 Laura started training their second Weimaraner (Heidi) in K9 Nose Work®.  Heidi has overcome many environmental issues because of K9 Nose Work®. Because of Heidi’s sensitivities Laura has learned to help other dogs overcome environmental issues as well.

Laura’s passion for this sport compelled her to learn more about canine behavior.  She spent several years volunteering her time with the behavior and education department at her local shelter to learn more about canine communication and helping with programs designed to increase adoptions for the animals in their care.  Because of her passion for helping people, and their dogs, Laura continually attends seminars and workshops on training and dog behavior.

Since 2008 Laura has been helping to coordinate K9 Nose Work® trials in Southern California, acting as Trial Host, Trial Representative and/or Volunteer Coordinator.   Laura has been involved with volunteering at many trials in California, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Alabama, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada.  

Laura currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach, CA, she also teaches specialized workshops and skills clinics, and hosts many seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dog teams in her area. She and her husband Chris also host Charity Nose Work® Odor Hunt Events.  These charity events have benefited Chase Away K9 Cancer, LA on Cloud 9 (which benefits homeless people and their dogs), and an annual fundraiser at Christmas time that benefits low income families with food during the holidays.

Laura serves as a Certifying Official (C.O.) for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Trials and as a Certifying Official and Judge for K9 Nose Work® Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs).

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Karin Damon CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Karin has been involved in performance events with dogs since 2002.   She started out in a basic obedience class with her Golden Retriever, Keebler, and put an AKC Versatility title on him. She is presently competing in agility; tracking, obedience and nose work with her other Goldens’: Jig, Jeep and Shamrock (newest member of the family).  All of the clan has been involved in advertising – showing up in various places such as commercials for Claritin, Pedigree, PetSmart Dog Food, A&P Food Stores, and even appearing on “Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live”. Jeep most recently appeared on the cover of Dog Fancy and Jig has been on the AKC Website. 

Karin has achieved the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Elite Championship title with both Jig and Jeep.  Jig was the first Golden Retriever in the country to earn the Championship title.  Karin and Jig participated in the inaugural NACSW National Invitational in California in 2013 as one of 13 dogs selected throughout the country and was Dog in White for the 2014 and 2017 NACSW National Invitational. Karin is a NACSW Certifying Official, a Trial Site Advisor for NACSW Trials, and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) teaching nose work since the sport came to the East Coast in March of 2010.

Karin became a certified Pet Tech First Aid and CPR Instructor in San Diego, CA and is working to finish her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate from the University of Tennessee. She was selected to work at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia in the equestrian, mountain biking and modern pentathlon venues. Karin recently retired as the Head Athletic Trainer at Centenary College to start her own business.  She is the owner of Shamrock Pot of Gold K9 Scenter in New Jersey.

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Sue Frisch, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™

Sue Frisch is a professional dog trainer with 30+ years of experience working with dogs and their owners.   After 25 years managing an animal shelter while also running a dog boarding business at her farm and teaching training classes at night, Sue’s expertise includes everything from basic manners training and behavior modification to dog psychology, nutrition, and exercise. Over the years she has worked with hundreds of families and their pet dogs.

Besides being a regular at many CNWI continuing education workshops and other NACSW™ seminars around the country, Sue hosts several NACSW™ sanctioned trials each year, is a Nose Work Camp instructor,  NACSW™ National ORT Coordinator,  part of the NACSW™ Trial Staff Team,  and is a NACSW™ Supervising Certifying Official currently approved for NW1/NW2/NW3 and Elite Division trials.

Through her business, Your Dog’s Place, LLC, Sue and her staff help dog owners train dogs of all sizes, ages, and temperaments to be polite four-legged family members, as well as offering all levels of K9 Nose Work® classes, private and group coaching.  Her many students have successfully titled their dogs in all levels including the first 2 Collies in the country to reach earn their Elite Champion Titles!  

Sue lives in Honesdale, PA, with her three dogs: Monkey, Fiona, Sully who are competing at various levels in Nose Work.  

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Jennie Keifer CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jennie was introduced to K9 Nose Work® in 2009, at the first Intro to Nose Work workshop held in Northern California. Before Nose Work she did not appreciate her Golden Retriever’s intense desire to hunt critters, so was instantly hooked on the training as she channeled her dog’s instincts into a healthy and rewarding outlet for both of them. In January, 2012, Karlie became the first NW3 Golden Retriever and the first team outside of Southern California to earn an NW3 title.  In July, 2013, Jennie and Karlie earned their NW3 Elite, with Karlie becoming the first NW3 Elite Golden and continuing the pattern, Karlie was also the first ELT1 Golden in October, 2015.  Jennie and Karlie competed at the first 3 NACSW™ National Invitationals, qualified for the 2017 National Invitational, and also competed in the first Elite Division trial in Santa Rosa, CA.  Jennie never dreamed that she and Karlie would go so far and grow so much as a team. 

Jennie is currently competing with her 8 year old Golden, Abbie. Abbie started playing Nose Work games as a puppy and Jennie very quickly learned the value of this game to build self-confidence in puppies as well as adult dogs. Abbie has her ELT1 and is also qualified for the 2017 National Invitational in MA. 

Jennie has recently started her 5 month old Labrador Retriever, Emerson, in K9 Nose Work and she loves being able to apply all that she has learned over the past 8 years to the foundation training of her new pup. 

Jennie’s love of the game and the benefits it has for dogs and owners alike, motivated her to achieve CNWI status in May, 2011.  She currently teaches 10 K9 Nose Work® classes each week and also offers a number of drop-in classes.  Jennie works as part of the NACSW™ Trial Department, oversees memberships and the ORT Team, and has been a Certifying Official for the NACSW™ since 2012.  Jennie worked as a Customer Service Manager for 19 years, but recently decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her true love of working with dogs and their humans full-time. 

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Michael McManus CNWI, CATT,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Michael McManus (Certified in Applied Animal Ethology, Certified Nose Work Instructor) has been working with dogs for 11 years, focusing on K9 Nose Work®, Treibball and Herding. His Siberian Husky, Lumi, has done well in Nose Work coming in 1st place in their NW1, 1st place in two of their NW3s, 2nd place in the 3rd NW3, and earning numerous placements in elements. They have achieved their NW3 Elite title and are now focusing on competitive obedience. Michael was among the first to title dogs not owned by himself in Nose Work. He has titled a Basenji, a Flat Coated Retriever, a Border Collie, a Doberman, a Spanish Water Dog, and a Bloodhound in NACSW sanctioned trials. He is also an NACSW Certifying Official.

Michael is a Tutor and Approved Regional Education Provider for the Ethology Institute Cambridge.

Michael became a CNWI in 2013 and teaches Nose Work® classes for teams of all levels – from Intro to Nose Work® through Elite/Summit.

Michael and his wife Natalie recently moved from the high desert of Southern California to Missouri, where they live with their 5 dogs, 2 horses, and 1 cat in the St. Louis area.

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Natalie McManus, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Natalie is a CNWI and long time Score Room Lead with the NACSW™. She has been training/trialing in Nose Work for over 10 years and teaching classes for 8 years. She has been very involved in the sport, both volunteering and later hosting trials. She has titled an Australian Shepherd mix, Cinnamon (RIP), a Pomeranian, Bentley (1st Pomeranian to achieve an NW1 title, and a friend's dog), a Border Collie, Hazel (2nd Border Collie to achieve an NW3 title), a Belgian Malinois, Icie, and another Border Collie, Ghost. Currently, Hazel has her ELT3 and is working toward Elite Champion and Icie is just starting Elite Division. Natalie and Hazel competed in their first Summit Trial in 2019 and loved it. Natalie has also had the pleasure of training guinea pigs to detect gun powder.

Natalie teaches classes of all levels, both in person and online, workshops, and judges. She especially loves problem solving with teams to be the best they can be. She has taught at GA, CO, and PA camps and can't wait for WI!

Natalie and her husband, Michael, recently moved from the high desert of Southern California to Missouri, where they live with their 5 dogs, 2 horses, and 1 cat in the St. Louis area.

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Jean Richardson, CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jean is the owner of Wells Creek Dog Training on the Central Coast of Oregon and has been involved in dog training in various forms since 1984.  She began training her personal dog for obedience competition at that time and has continued to learn along the way.  She has competed and trained her own personal dogs to titles in AKC Obedience and Rally, Agility, Herding, Coursing, Tracking, Field Trials, Conformation and K9 Nose Work®. 

Since becoming a CNWI in 2011 she has brought K9 Nose Work® to the central coast of Oregon, teaching many classes for various organizations in the area including Safe Haven Humane Society and the Emerald Dog Obedience Club.  She has since gone on to become a NACSW™ Certifying Official and is now the CO Training Liaison in charge of Certifying Official education and training as well as the NACSW’s National Trial Site Advisor.

Before moving to Oregon in 2008, she was an Instructor for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, Ca, helping to train and then pair hundreds of guide dogs with visually impaired recipients.   She has also been involved in teaching obedience, puppy and reactive dog classes in Southern California as well as Oregon.  

Jean and her husband currently share their home with Field Champion Heirline Five O Clock Charlie, VC RN CA TDX ELT1 L1V.  Charlie has the honor of being the first Basset Hound in the country to earn a NW3 and NW3 Elite title.   Field Champion Heirline Whirlybird, TD, NW2 L1I, a Basset Hound and Fasth von Herzensfreude NW3 L2C L2I, a German Shepherd.

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Andy Sperber, CNWI, Part time Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Andy first discovered K9 Nose Work in 2012 when he was looking for an activity his energetic 2-year-old Golden Retriever Maho could participate in. After the first 6-week class, he was immediately “hooked” and intrigued by the activity.

Using every opportunity to observe and learn how our friends communicate with us in everything they do has become a passion. Attending multiple Nose Work Camps, Seminars, Webinars, and Workshops has exposed the team to an even larger variety of training techniques and environmental situations to expand this knowledge.

His love for nose work has led him on a wonderful journey! Andy & Maho have achieved the titles of NW1, NW2, NW3, NW3 Elite, ELT 1, ELT2, ELT3 and the coveted ELT-CH. They were invited and competed with some of the top nose work teams in the country at the NACSW National Invitational competitions in Loveland, CO in 2015 and in W. Springfield, MA in 2017. They are currently competing in the Summit League and having fun at Element Specialty trials.

Andy likes to say that we never stop learning from the dogs.

Andy is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).

He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Dara (also a CNWI) and their two golden retrievers Maho & Kira and a Meyer’s Parrott Max. Together they teach Nose Work classes through their business Sniff4Fun, LLC.

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Dana Crevling CPDT-KA, CNWI, Camp Director

Camp Director

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Dana has made working with or for shelter dogs part of her career since 1986. She worked for not for profit animal agencies for 13 years, until 1999, when she started Dogs of Course with the first Instructor Training Course class. Her dedication to improving the lives of dogs and their owners through quality education at all levels was the motivating factor when she started the business and is the guiding force for all projects she creates. Dana continues to support charitable organizations by periodically running fundraising events and activities. Her charitable efforts have raised over $400,000.00 for a variety of worthy organizations.

She started her professional career in dog training at Red Acre Farm Hearing Dog Center, as a trainer and then the Department Director. Her professional experience in training and behavior also includes animal shelter program coordinator for volunteers, pet training instructor, lecturer, shelter consultant, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue’s adoption coordinator/counselor. 

Dana is driven by her thirst for her own personal education. She has attended hundreds of events including seminars, dog camps, chicken camps, courses, and conferences. Committed to promoting dog training to the public as a skilled profession, she is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She passed the first national certification test for dog trainers earning the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Accessed. She also has a B.A. in Business Administration from Babson College.

Dana has been competing in dog sports since 1984, believing in the joy of teamwork first and foremost. She has titled in obedience, field, conformation, earthdog, rally, agility and K9 Nose Work™. Dana has trained multiple dogs for K9 Nose Work competition. She started with her senior dogs - Dazzle NW2(Flat-Coated Rtvr.), Rizzie NW2 (Norfolk Terrier) who enjoyed NW until their passing. Currently she is training two dogs - Monty who earned his Elite in three NW3 trials and is the first PW Corgi Elite Champion and Spring, her Flat-Coated Retriever, who is preparing for Elite level trials.

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Kathy Austin KPA CTP, CNWI, ATDI, Operations Director

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Kathy Austin, KPA CTP, CNWI, ATDI became interested in dog sports as a way to continue training her reactive dog when traditional obedience classes were not the right fit. Kathy and Clancy trained in agility, rally obedience and Wag It Games before being introduced to K9 Nose Work® in 2010. Finding an activity and a community in K9 Nose Work®, Clancy and Kathy trained and trialed together until 2015. Clancy was the first Irish Terrier to earn Nose Work titles at levels NW1 through NW3 x 2, including NW3-I, NW3-V, NW3-C, NW3-E, plus L1C and L1I.

Kathy graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Training Program in 2013 and certified as a CNWI in March of 2016. A long time Score Room Lead, trial host, trial volunteer, and member of the local committee for the 2017 NACSW National Invitational, Kathy continues to learn about K9 Nose Work® through seminars, workshops, and camps. Kathy has attended GA camp as a working team for the last 8 years and has been a Logistics Team Member at PA camp for 4 years. She instructs multiple K9 Nose Work® classes at Good Sports Dog Training in Hudson, MA and at MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA.

Kathy shares her home with her husband Dave, whom she often volunteers for trials and who is an LTM at Georgia camp, and her dogs Pippi (NW2, L1I, NW3-E) and Deuce who joined the family in 2017 and is having a blast learning to play the game!

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