This is where you will get aquainted with me and discover what my goals are, some of my rescue success stories and yes some of my "not so happy ending, yet not regretted stories". This page will be a continuing process so check back often!
Welcome to my History N Stuff page
My love for poms started when I was a child. I would go with my mother to visit a church member and they had 2 poms, Buffy and Millie. I thought they were the most beautiful dogs I had ever seen. Not only that, they actually played with me! It wasn't until I was a divorced single mom with a new boyfriend that I got a pom of my own. Bill bought me one for my birthday. The only thing was he didn't know that I had gone over the day before and paid half already! The seller conspired with me to keep him in the dark! I didn't want him to know how much a dog was going to cost! He didn't take long to fall in love with Maddie. Both Maddie and Bill became part of my family. We tragically lost Maddie when she was about 6 months old. Soon after that I found Midnight Cookie Girl.
My daughter so loved Cookie that we decided to look for a male to breed her to. That's when Bluecloud Sir Bluebeard became a family member. He was a rare blue pom. That's when the fun began. I traded one of my puppies for another female Da Lu Cheez Ramblin Sami Toy "CJ" She is really the one who got me going on breeding poms. I continued to trade and grow as a breeder. I had been trading female puppies with different breeders. When I saw what my girls were turning out like I was beginning to think about keeping a few daughters of Blue for myself. Soon it became obvious that I was going to need another male if I was going to keep daughters! I decided to keep the exotic colors going in my poms because I have always liked being a bit different. I found a fascinating colored male in Smokey Mountian Raynecloud, He is a blue brindle. Talk about exciting colors and patterns! The puppies I have gotten from him and the Blue background females have been amazing! Blue was retired soon after getting Rayne. He went to live with an elderly lady who loved him dearly. Rayne was recently retired and now lives with a boy who very much needed a companion.
When I retire a dog from breeding I like to see them go to a home where they can be useful as a therapy dog, service dogor maybe just be a pampered pet. As a breeder not all my dogs can receive the attention a single pet can. They live as a family unit within themselves. They play and tussle like dogs like to do and are thrilled when I go in the yard to play with them as well! They have access to a special room of the house and are free to come and go outside as they please. Believe it or not they spend the majority of their time outside playing even in several inches of snow! As a matter of fact one of their favorite things is to play catch with snowflakes! They make little trails through the snow then play tag. They are the most entertaining creatures to watch.
Recently I have been introduced to the world of ADA dogs. I knew my dogs were aware of my emotional ups and downs as well as Bill's issues with pain. I did not know that the need for dogs like that was so great. I have researched the specific "jobs" these dogs are capable of and decided to begin early training on my own dogs. My specific job as a trainer besides basic socialization skills and obedience is to identify each individual dog's signs for noticing something different, and what specific talent they have. I also assess their disposition for such jobs.
As a breeder my goal is to produce healthy active puppies. My dogs come in a wide array of colors and patterns. I make myself available for any questions both specific to that dog or to poms in general and try to keep in contact with every new owner. Cookie is now almost 14 years old and is a happy and active dog. She has mentored many puppies even though she only had five of her own before being spayed. I will always have a pom in my life! (Cookie peacefully passed away December 10, 2008 She will be missed.)
A Little About Medic-Alert Service Dogs (MASD)
Medic Alert Service Dogs can be any size, type, color, etc. They are dogs that will ALERT you to a medical problem. Each dog does the alerting in their own way. Some MASD's (Medic Alert Service Dog) will bark, nibble on you, lick you, and generally do everything within their power to tell you to pay attention, they are trying to tell you,"you have a problem that needs taken care of NOW."
A dog that is "trained to alert", really isn't trained to alert at all, the owner is trained to understand the dogs actions. Once the owner understands the dog's actions, then the owner can react and praise the dog, hence, making the dog understand that what he/she did was correct. Just as you would do in teaching your dog to sit on command. Not all dogs will make a MASD. The attitude of the dog towards its owner and environments are the key. By environment, I mean things like, is the dog the only animal in the house? Does the dog live
24/7 with its owner, or is it kept outside and only comes inside for short periods. Does the dog ignore other people and animals when going for a walk with its owner? And by attitude, I mean, does the dog live only for attention om the owner? Or is the dog ignoring the owner? A MASD is "glued" to its owner. For some people, that is too much, and they are not able to tolerate the dog always near them, usually touching them in some manner. Not only that, but the dog must want to smell you, your ears, nose, eyes, mouth, etc. And that includes licking those areas. Not everyone would allow their dog to do that. Let me give you some examples of MASD's and what they are doing to help their owner:
Owner had a problem with his thumb. It has nerve damage, so he doesn't have any feeling in it, but some days the pain in that area is very intense. His dog will continuously lick his thumb in a massaging manner on those days that it is painful. Doing this reduces the pain. He is so used to the pain that at first it didn't click with him what the dog was doing. Now he knows.
Owner takes medicine for a mental condition, when she starts getting loud, she needs her medicine. Her dog will find that medicine and bring it to her without her even realizing she needs the pills. When this happened while having a session with her mental health doctor it blew him away. She had never taught the dog to do this; it was just natural for the dog because he was much attuned to his owner and her needs.
Owner has lung problems, when the dogs owner needs to take medicine, the dog will start nibbling on her lower lip until she takes her medicine. He then ignores her mouth.
A rape victim has issues with people (any body) crowding in her "space". Her dog's only job, (in this case an English Mastiff) is to simply sit between the victim and the person she is having a conversation with.
These are just a few examples; the list could go on and on. If you contact me, I would be glad to discuss your needs.
I am a mother of 2 terrific kids. My son, David, (Click his name for a cool site he has with updates of his projects and other things.) is the oldest. He is serving our country in the US Army. He has been to Iraq and Korea. UPDATE: He has been honorably discharged on an injury received while in Iraq. I am very proud to say that I am the mother of a soldier. My daughter Sammi Jo (Click her name for her youtube channel) is a phenominal animal communicator/trainer. She never ceases to amaze me with her adventures. She is blessed with a very unique gift when it comes to working with animals.
Me?.. Well I'm just a mom. My interests include raising family friendly horses and mules. I have a wide variety of horses and mules. Both my APHA stallion and Jack were trained by my daughter. Rowdee has a tremendous array of tricks he does. Mr. Wiggins is elegant in any discipline. My mares are selected for their dispositon first then conformation. Color is a bonus. It doesn't matter if I breed them to my Jack or the stallions the disposition requirements are the same. I also have a few miniature horses, What fun! I also raise Pomeranians. I specialize in uniqe colors and parti poms. I have recently started training them as Medic Alert Service dogs. Now that is facinating! Because not everyone wants a "little hairy dog" (Pomeranian) I recently started raising minature and Toy Australian Shepherds. They are proving to be wonderful MASD prospects as well.
I love to hunt and be out with nature. I live at the foot of the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. I can see sage and rolling hills with meadows out one window and mountains and timbered slopes out the other. Spring and Fall are my favorite times of year. The new birth of spring from animals to foliage is a never ending source of wonder for me. I will never be bored while witnessing the birth of a new foal. The amazing colors produced when there is a bite in the air, come fall, are stunning. The thrill of the hunt is only understood by those who have experienced it themselves. It cannot be described by mere words. It must be felt first hand. I respect the animals I hunt. My hunting partner is also my partner in life. Together we share the same feelings about so many things. We became a team New Year's Eve 1992. Bill and I are made for each other.