A Canine Experience Inc. is a family owned and operated business. We all share in the daily duties and each of us have an area we are additionally responsible for. I am in charge of Marketing, which I really enjoy in this industry because it's naturally easy. There are no hard sells, if you have an dog and need help I'm happy to guide you. I also teach all the group obedience classes as well as a Dog Trainer and Care Takers Course for people who want to get into any dog related business or rescue work. This is a hands on course that I love teaching.
Each one of us also has pet related hobbies and interests and of course, our own personal pets. My pet family currently consists of Bridgette, my American Cocker Spaniel, who is my teaching assistant for group classes. We also enjoy performing demonstrations/work shops at festivals on search games. She has been taught to find my cell phone as well as 20 different types of mold. Scent work is my favorite type of training although I also enjoy Agility.
My husbands dog, Jonni 5, is Bridgette's daughter. She is Cocker, Rotti, Shepard, Sheltie mix who looks like a small Rotti. My son, Alex who also works for ACE, dog is a Border Collie who was rescued out of a back yard from a divorce case. Poor thing was left in the yard with flies eating his ears. He's much better now, Alex used him as a 4-H dog for several years. My daughter, Autumn, also works at ACE. She has two dogs, a Corgi name Kyla and little mix named Cowboy. Autumn fostered Cowboy who has serious behavior issues due to insecurity, she fell in love with him and adopted him.
I have another personal dog, Maleha, a Great Pyrenees, who lives with my goats and poultry to protect them from the coyotes and bobcat who roam the neighborhood. She is a happy, loving 80lb 7 month puppy who bounces around like a child. Amazing how she can get that big body to move about. So far so good on the plan, my pens are set up so she can patrol around them and I haven't had any loss due to wild animals since she came aboard my team.
I have two cats, Romy and Mony, who are wonderful mousers, molers etc. Romy is a black DSH and Mony is a grey DSH.
I have a a pair of Heritage turkeys, Ricky and Lucy (named as such because they are a comical pair). Lucy is currently setting on a nest of 20 or so eggs. I'm very happy about that and this time she is setting in a safe place. She likes to escape to the woods to lay and set which is very dangerous for her. I gathered her eggs, placed them in a nest in the safe zone and was ecstatic when she began laying in the nest. She started setting about a week ago, so 3 weeks we should have some baby turkeys. When I get home today, I'm going to place some chicken eggs in her nest and see if she will hatch them too. Watching the turkeys is very entertaining and has helped me understand the true definition of "taking a flying leap".
I have two Rhode Island Red chicks and seven Cornish Crosses. The reds are great egg producers. I'm hoping a couple of the Cornish have some instinct left so hatch some chick eggs too. Three Khaki Cambell and two Cayuga ducks live in my garden area to keep it slug free. So far this is working very well, except if the ducks can reach a plant over the edge, they will eat them. So far I have discovered they like chives, parsley and sunflowers. I'm hoping they don't get skilled enough to get in my raised garden beds or I may have to net them off. I'm trying to create a permaculture, but it is very challenging to find that balance. I'm still learning.
We also own three Pygmy/Cashmere cross goats. We originally got them as companions for another goats and to eat the underbrush. Their true skill is escaping and eating everything you don't want eaten. They can anialate a garden in minutes, unfortunately I know from experience. They are great companions to my Pyrenees, very friendly and fun to watch. I'm more entertained by watching my pets interact than watching a TV show.