This is just some general information about me. For a bit on me, the student, check out this link.
I am 36 years old, born in January of 1981. I am a born and raised Washingtonian, and a Dawg from day 1 apparently, as I was born at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle. I was a month and a half premature, as my original due date was supposed to be in March. I am the only product of my parents, Sakura and Braxton, although I do have two half-siblings and assorted nieces, nephews, and cousins through a 3rd degree (generation?). My sister just became a grandma for the 5th time. Let’s just say that the Moses gene definitely lives on, and as I have no interest in progeny of my own, I am more than pleased for them.
My children are my dogs. While I may not call them cutsy names like “fur-children”, they are my pride and joy just as much as any human child could be. I live in the same house I grew up in with my mom, out on five acres in what is still technically ‘country’. My dad was a farm child too, and passed on his love of animals to me–something for which I will forever be indebted to him. We got our first Samoyed, Illamar, when I was 5 years old, as a pet from a breeder. However, she became extended family very quickly, and proclaimed that we should try to show Illamar when he was six months old. Mom took him in the ring at a fun match, received that first blue ribbon, and was hooked!
Over the past 30 years numerous generations of dogs have come through my life, teaching me new things about the world and myself along the way. Currently, I have four Samoyeds: 9 year old Maxx, his son Jagger (who is 5), 6 yr old Daisy, and her 2 year old daughter, Mysti. (Jagger is the one in the picture with me). Mysti’s father, Justin, recently passed away. I am proud to say that of my current dogs, Maxx, Jagger, and Mysti were all born and raised in my household, as were their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.
I am an active fancier and breeder, and an advocate of ethical, responsible, purposeful breeding in order to continue the lineage and heritage of beautiful purebred dogs that were bred for a purpose. Not only are my dogs American (AKC) and Canadian (CKC) champions, they are much more than a pretty face. Maxx has his Canine Good Citizen title, is a certified Therapy Dog, and has one leg towards his Rally Novice title and two legs towards his Beginner Novice obedience title. He and his son Jagger also run on my scooter team in the fall, which earns points towards their Working Samoyed titles. Daisy has her American Championship title, and is also considered the champion snuggler in the house! Mysti, as the youngest, has only begun working towards her AKC title, but has earned six points of the fifteen needed so far. I hope to train her to run with the boys next fall as well.
See? Just like any proud parent, my personal biography ended up being more about my ‘kids’ than about myself. (Here’s an open secret: I don’t like talking/writing about myself.) If I had to describe my personality, I would say that I am somewhat of an introvert. I am an only child, and grew up out in the ‘country’, where it wasn’t possible to ride my bike to my friend’s house–we had to have a parent drive us. I entertained myself the way any 90’s child did – through books and television and made up games, riding my horse and showing my dogs (okay, not every 90’s kid did those last two things!) Having an Asian grandmother and a traditional grandfather meant that when my parents and I went to visit them or other friends, I was well trained to the maxim ‘children are seen and not heard’. It wasn’t a cruel childhood, but I can definitely see the parallels and connections that helped to shape me to the person that I am today. I also became very astute at observing people and their interactions, which partially explains why the social sciences were such a draw to me as an adult. Although I’m not always comfortable being the center of attention, I do like being around people, mostly because I find them fascinating.
(Human) Kids especially intrigue me. I am also a 4-h dog leader, meaning that I work with kids ranging in age from 7-18, teaching them how to train their dogs and also basic knowledge about canine health, breed history, parts, bones, and other relevant education. It’s always rewarding to see the mental light bulb click on when they finally understand the secret behind listing off the seven AKC groups, or when a kid-and-dog team master a new obedience exercise that they had been struggling with. My ultimate dream career would be to work with kids and dogs full time in some capacity.
Dog shows still make up the majority of my hobbies, but I also enjoy writing fiction, designing web sites, and (more generally) watching movies, television, and spending time with friends and family. I work part time at Prometric Testing Center as a TCA, which also allows me to utilize some of the social skills I have learned within the ISS program.