The Person Behind Tollwest...
I grew up around a wide variety of dogs, from herding (3 German Shepherds and a Shetland Sheepdog), toys (a Chihuahua and a Silky Terrier), sporting (a Labrador), working (Alaskan Malamutes) & non-sporting groups (Lhasa Apso, Boston Terriers) plus a few mixed breeds. Even as a child I knew I was a "dog person" and trained my last GSD, my mixes and a Malamute to at least CD level, although we never competed.
In 1992 I entered the world of dog showing with my first Golden Retriever, and acquired a second one in 1995. But although I love Sammi & Montana, they weren't quite what I was looking for in a dog.
My life has "gone to the dogs".... I work as a Professional Pet Groomer and am working towards becoming a CMG (Certified Master Groomer). I mainly groom dogs, but also do the occasional cat or other animal (such as rabbit and guinea pig grooming, bird wings & nails, etc).
I also enjoy teaching dog agility classes, and am currently instructing at the Novice & Competition levels for my local club. I also run club "fun nights" and have judged at several agility fun matches. I am a licensed AAC Starters & Advnaced Agility Judge, and will be going for my CKC Agility judges license later this year.
I have also explored the wonderful world of rodents, and have owned and bred a variety of fancy mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils, plus one great rabbit that thought he was a dog! I have had several aquariums housing a variety of tropical fish (from cichlids to tetras, livebearers to anabantids) and have bred Convict Cichlids, Mozambique Mouthbrooders, Swordtails, Platys, Mollies, and Bettas.
Aside from my animals.....I am a huge fan of TLC's hit television show "While You Were Out", and especially the show's host, Evan Farmer!