Meet Our Pet Professionals
We have a wonderful relationship with so many professionals including veterinarians, trainers, breeders, shelters and rescues that we thought you'd like to meet some of them. Here's our latest contribution:
Carlene White is an amazing lady. She has been breeding, raising, and training Great Danes to donate to service veterans and the mobility impaired for many years and her compassion, love, care and intelligence truly shows through in her work. She’s worked with just about every breed of dog because she used to provide dogs for commercials, movies, and television.
Crystal Cockroft has been running Canine Hope for Diabetics for almost 5 years. She and her team train diabetic alert dogs for type one diabetics. The dogs are trained to alert high and low blood sugar. Whether their owners are asleep or awake, they can alert their owners about an increase or decrease in blood sugar. Crystal and her team have made their organization to be as community oriented as possible, so that families can all get together and feel comfortable because they all have something very important in common. They can all get together to learn and gain knowledge of other diabetics, and the diabetic alert community. They put together outings, there’s a place where families can talk to other families that are just like them. As Crystal says; “It’s just become a fun, safe place where families can get together that have something in common.”
Frank Wisneski is a devoted father, volunteer and passionate photographer who was inspired by the animals and friends he works with. Frank’s 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. Because of this, he looked into diabetic alert dogs, which brought him to his Black Lab, Major. Major is his daughter’s service dog who was adopted from a very abusive life. Major was just 35lbs when he was rescued and has made a 100% recovery thanks to his trainer at Canine Hope for Diabetics, and the love and compassion from Frank and his family. As Frank says “Major pays it forward every day” by being an inspiration, and amazing companion to Frank and his family.
Recently we lost a great friend to the dog community. Linda Arndt was the first person I interviewed for the blog articles and was very patient and helpful. We never got around to publishing this article, so in respect to Linda, we would like for everyone to know how amazing Linda truly was. 5 Kuranda beds will be donated to Linda’s favorite shelter.
Sharon Harrell is captain of the New River Rapids Flyball Club, based in Blacksburg, Virginia. New River Rapids has about 30 team dogs, in all stages of training for flyball. Each year the team competes in a dozen or so tournaments, mostly on the east coast. In 2012 they were the Division 4 Champions in the Can-Am Classic , the world’s largest flyball tournament, bringing teams from all over the US and Canada.
Rachel Thornton is a loving Mother who has a daughter that was diagnosed with type one diabetes about 7 years ago. Friends, family, and community raised the large amount of money necessary for a diabetic alert dog for her daughter, but, regretfully, all was lost, due to an unscrupulous company that sells dogs that could not be trained for service. Consequently, she and her daughter began teaching themselves - through intense research and through the valuable assistance of many others - to train a diabetic alert dog themselves. The success of that dog led them to share information and help others via their website http://www.diabeticalertdog.com.
Lisa McDonald, owner of Leader of the Pack Canine Institute, started her third year in business this January and says she will never go back to corporate America. Lisa spent twenty years as an assistant comptroller for a local business, but decided one day that pets were her passion, so she ventured off to become a very successful entrepreneur. Lisa started off by training under a local dog trainer, and then got her national certification for dog training. It started with just training, then quickly expanded to a kennel, day care, then grooming. Now she offers an all-in-one K9 facility, which is what she explains as part of the reason she has been so successful. An all-in-one K9 facility is just what her customers want, as they can bring their dog(s) to Leader of the Pack Canine Institute for a day, or overnight and get everything they want all in one place. Another large factor in her success has a lot to do with her staff; Lisa is proud of her staff and says that they make the business with their customer service. Lisa says that 75% of her business comes from word of mouth and referrals, due to her staff’s loyalty and devotion to dogs.
Jeff Campbell, of Campbell Boarding Kennels, is a small kennel owner with just nine runs who clearly cares about his customers, both the people and their dogs. His devotion to his kennel and dogs, keeping them clean well exercised and healthy, goes a very long way. Each of his runs has a Kuranda bed in it. “Before I had Kuranda beds in the runs, I would go check up on them and they would hear me and get up to greet me, but not anymore," Jeff says "The dogs are sound asleep on the beds and love them.”