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Kathy has been a professional dog trainer since 2005 and is the manager of Professional Animal Watching Service (PAWS), a pet sitting company. She has owned dogs for 40 years and has been actively training since 1995. She has trained her Golden Retrievers in obedience, tracking, and agility. All of Kathy’s dogs have achieved their Therapy Dog International rating. Presently, Kathy is competing with her seven year old rescue Coton de Tulear "Rosemary" (Basil’s Dew of the Sea CGC, TDI, NA, NAJ, OJC, OAC, NCC, TN-N,TG-N WV-N, AD, SSA, SG) in NADAC, USDAA and AKC agility, is training for Obedience competition and looking forward to starting Therapy work at some local nursing homes.  Kathy's thirteen year old Golden Retriever” Emily “(Dashwood’s Winning Spirit TD, CGC,TDI ,CD-C NAC, EJC, ECC, TG-N, PK2, PG1, PJ2,), is enjoying retirement.  She retired competing in agility at the Veterans level in USDAA and the Elite Veterans level in NADAC. Emily enjoyed her therapy dog work at an Adult Daycare where she performed  tricks and freestyle dance to her visits. Also enjoying retirement is Kathy's ten year old Golden Retriever “Ellie” (Dashwood’s Shining Light CGC, TDI, CD-C, OAC, O-NJC, S-TN-O, TG-O, NCC, PG1, PJ1) who also competed in agility and obedience.


  • Red Cross Pet First Aid Certification, 2009
  • Freestyle with Laurel Rabschutz, 2008
  • Camp Gone to the Dogs 2000-2002, 2004-2010
  • Rhonda Carter Agility Seminar 2005
  • Lauri Baker Agility Seminar 2004

Other dog-related affiliations include:

  • Teamwork Agility Club of Central Massachusetts
  • Club Home Visitor for Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue