When I moved to New York City, I found myself without an animal for the first time in my life. I'd grown up with horses, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, parakeets (etc.), and the big city seemed a little lonely. So, after much thought, I adopted Sophie, a Pit Bull (probably really a Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix, but potato/potahto). It soon became clear that in addition to being extremely smart, beautiful and sweet, Sophie's behavior with other dogs needed more than a little work. I went to a number of trainers (all with different training philosophies)--a few made her worse, and a few didn't do much of anything, but nobody seemed to be able to help. Then, a friend gave me the number for Who's Walking Who, and things started to look up. We began to work with Stacy, both privately and in classes, and I haven't looked back since.
Working with Sophie, and watching her learn and progress has been so fulfilling that joining the full-time apprentice program in the Fall of 2005 seemed like the natural choice. I feel privileged to be able to work with the dogs who come to Who's Walking Who, and to help their owners learn how to get the most from their relationship with their dogs while providing those dogs with the best quality of life.
In addition to myself and Sophie, and the occasional foster dog, my tiny studio is now also home to two energetic cats, Milo and Colin, and um, let's just say it's never boring. When I'm not holding the end of a leash, I'm tutoring high school kids (basically the same thing) or acting (I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2003, and the Atlantic Acting School Conservatory in 2007). My own dog has changed my life (and career path) in ways I never could have imagined, and nothing makes me happier than helping to improve the lives of dogs and their owners around the city. A healthy, well-exercised, well-socialized, well-trained and well-loved dog is a happy dog, and there's really nothing better than a happy dog.