Mason is my angel. We don’t know who rescued who since we were both struggling with loss. I’d lost my beloved Portuguese Water dog, Hero and he’d lost his person and his home.


At the shelter he was adopted and returned, picked on by the other dogs, rushed off for emergency vet treatment for a bad stomach. He was so terrified of loud noises and storms he had to spend long nights alone in the quarantine room. They called him an old dog since he held his head an inch from the ground with a worried look on his face but he was barely 5 years old.

After four months of daily visits in which I tried not to show him favoritism but always did, I finally took him home! The day I told him his entire demeanor changed, I saw him smile in joy for the first time. At DAWG he would only eat biscuits and would often refuse to walk with the volunteers. Turned out he was terrified of halters, men, trucks, buses, storms, big dogs; he was a resource guarder who could bite and would bolt full speed from the front door running without thinking….very dangerous!

Mason in the park
His mix includes Chi, Pom, Wire Haired Dachshund and Mini Poodle according to his DNA; he has a pink nose and pink skin.  Mason is sensitive warrior and what he needed was affection and confidence. Before I knew it I was training to be a dog trainer…. now Mason is a lovebug. He’s earned his canine good citizenship and worked as a Paws to Read Dog where children with reading difficulties read to him. He’s a pro at K9 Nose Work and when younger had nothing but fun learning agility and obedience. At 6 years old he had boundless energy, and at 14 he did a running recall, chased his tail to make me laugh, sits on laps, guards the house and was an excellent gopher hunter. He has the heart of ten dogs and frequently reminds me that miracles happen and you can find a new life with everything you always dreamed. Today my little beloved is 15.

Olympia is my darling and my first Lagotto Romagnolo. At 15 months she won her UKC championship and like Mason she adores K9 Nose Work, agility and obedience.


She loves to get wet…  running in the rain, splashing in a pool, chasing a hose or best of all a nice messy pile of mud! Add a perfect bouncy ball, esp a Tennis Ball her favorite, a stick or even a leaf or a pine cone to chase and she’s in heaven. . . happy and sweet. . . . she says life is a perfect adventure.

Olympia I searched for Olympia for over a year and finally found her in Germany.  Breeder Ute Ruoff  She arrived in a Sherpa bag under the seat of the airplane complete with a passport and as turns out she loves camping.

UPDATE 2018 Today I have 4 traveling dogs, my Darling Olympia and 2 of her sibling pups, Flying Curls Jackson and Flying Curls Jeana.

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