More About Me
So you're curious to know more, eh? Alright, well I was born in a litter of one. I spent the first 15 dog-years of my life blissfully enjoying all my parents' attention. Eventually three more joined our family, and we all got along perfectly and never argued and never fought.
Though you'd never know it now, I was a shy pup, often happier with my nose in a book than in a large group. I think this is why I have a soft spot for timid dogs now. It is my greatest joy to help them gain confidence in the world.
I am a proud dog aunt to my sister's Lab mix and Great Dane. Everyone says they're the most well-behaved dogs. Her training skills came naturally, and it's hard not to be jealous. Her bird, however, could use some work.
Training is my second career, because if cats can have multiple lives, why can't we? No one tell the dogs they only get one.
10 Random Facts
It sometimes feels like my life revolves around dogs, but I'm a normal person too! Maybe. Here are some random facts that have nothing whatsoever to do with my professional life.
1. My second great love is dancing Lindy Hop. One of these days, I'm going to be really good.
2. I once spent a summer as a commercial fisherwoman in Alaska. I survived, and that's all you need to know.
3. When no human is around, I sing. All the time. Just don't ask the dogs about my skills.
4. I am the Soup Master. I love to make soup. I love it for its ease and simplicity and the ability to get so much flavor and nutrition into a one-pot meal. Plus, it makes great leftovers.
5. I have a totally rational fear of clowns.
6. I’ve been an avid reader since the age of zero. Back then I read a lot of Bearenstein Bears and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. I've since branched out, but my mother still worries that I spend too much time reading.
7. In 2009, I went to the Galapagos with my cousin after studying Spanish in Quito, Ecuador. It was an incredible experience that I highly recommend. Maybe it even sparked my current fascination with evolution and genetics.
8. I keep an ever-growing list of things to do (hopefully) in this lifetime. I call it my Someday List because of a quote I heard once: "'Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you."
10. I have a borderline-unhealthy obsession with do- Oh, farts. I thought I could make it to the end of a list without mentioning dogs. But well, you understand. They are so great!
Oh, you noticed that was only nine? Good for you. Counting is important in dog training. We'll get to that later!
Jennifer, you are an incredible trainer and an inspiration.