Greg Kirmeier: President Greg Kirmeier began his fun and games with dogs in 1986, doing breed ring and obedience with his English Cockers, while living overseas. There was a break when he returned to the States, and he began working with dogs again nine years ago, when he got an Airedale (Tully). Tully has her CDX and her MACH. Greg now also run a 3year old Border Collie, Robbie. Robbie began competing in Agility is working on his MACH.
Dawn Lisson: Vice President I originally got involved in the breed ring and therapy work when my son went off to college in 2002. In 2003, I began training TDI and CGC classes at the Mt. Pleasant Kennel Club. At that time, I had 2 TDI certified dogs (1 Golden Retriever and 1 Boston Terrier). I was involved in a children's reading program called Dog Tales and other dog visting activities. I started agility in 2004 and loved it. When I moved to Cortez Colorado in 2005, I quickly joined the Montezuma Agility Club and regularly competed in agility trials in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. When I moved back to Minnesota in 2011, I took a couple of classes at SPDTC but found it difficult with no yard to practice on. In 2014 when I got a yard back, I started taking weekly agility classes and found myself back in the agility ring competing in AKC trials. I am working on my first ever MACH with GiGi my Boston Terrier. Last April, I decided to get a puppy and chose a border collie. Why not? Lets do this. He has been a great addition to our family and I look forward to competing with him in the agility ring soon. It is a pleasure a part of the SPDTC community and also serve on the Board for SPDTC.
Mary Bogie: Treasurer
Bev Olson: Secretary Bev has been involved in dog sports for the past 24 years. She started with a Cocker Spaniel and a Sheltie in obedience. Bev then started working with Rottweiler’s which she showed in obedience, conformation and in the preferred agility classes. Bev and her husband Dan joined SPDTC in 2001, when they started Dan’s puppy, Seth (MACH, UD), in agility classes.
Bev has been on the board of directors since 2007 and became the club secretary shortly after that. Bev started a new Foundations of Agility class in 2007 and is still teaching that class today. She especially enjoys working with students and dogs of all ages and all levels of training.
Bev had Rottweiler’s for 14 years before switching to Border Collies in 2005, with her amazing heart dog, Remington (MACH2, MXF, MXS2, MJC, T2B3, MFB, CDX, RE and dock dogs master big air jumper). Bev also has two Remington kids, Ryza (MACH, MXS, MJS, XF, T2B2, CDX, RE and dock dogs big air senior jumper), and Renegade, the baby, who is training in agility, obedience, rally and herding.
Bev thinks SPDTC has great programs to offer students and is very happy to be a part of the club.
Camay Blakely: Director of Agility and Therapy Dog Program Camay started her dog sports career in 1998. Her breed of passion is Shetland Sheepdogs upon which she reflects, “I love them all and can’t imagine having another breed.”
In 1998, she began an obedience career with her first sheltie, “Joe.” Joe and Camay competed all the way to a UDX title. In 2004, Sheltie Pacesetter ranked them #36 in the country. An all time favorite memory is completing a Utility Title at SPDTC in (1) show (3) consecutive days, a feat not for the faint of heart. In 1999, SPDTC started an agility training program. Some of the early teams recruited were those successful in obedience. Camay and Joe trained in the very first agility programs SPDTC offered. Agility soon became their passion. In May 2004, they completed a UDX (Utility Dog Excellent) in obedience and a MACH (Master Agility Champion) in agility, within the same month! They were the first Minnesota MACH team that had exclusively trained at SPDTC. Joe retired in 2005 and Camay began training a second sheltie, Winnie.
Winnie has agility titles MX, MXJ and is working on an obedience UD. In 2010 he won a High in Trial in the Yellowstone Obedience Trials in Billings, MT., described as “a thrill beyond words.” Camay has served as SPDTC Agility Director since 2005. She loves training dogs, the comradery of friends and she wants people to share in the learning and fun she has experienced within the SPDTC Community.
Kristi Portugue: Board Member, Director of Nose Work Program I have been involved in dog sports since 1999 when I got Neptune, my first Portuguese Water Dog. I train and show my dogs in agility, PWD water work, tracking, K9 nose work, obedience and rally. Our first sport was Water Work, which is a field event for Portuguese Water Dogs that involves swimming, retrieving, and other skills to mimic the breed's historical role as a fisherman's helper and working crew member. I’ve been a member of SPDTC since 2000, when Neptune and I joined one of the first agility classes offered at the club.
I’m proud every time my dog and I perform as a team to the best of our ability, with enthusiasm and enjoyment. My dogs and I have achieved many goals that are special, in particular advanced agility, nose work and water titles. One special achievement Neptune earned was his Courier Water Dog Excellent title, which is the highest level title a PWD can earn in water work. The feeling of teamwork across multiple water trials was extraordinary and very rewarding, giving me an idea of what it must have been like to partner with an exceptional dog to conduct day-to-day work on a fishing boat. I love working with my dogs to learn new things, and enjoy watching how happy and excited they are to work. My goal is for my dogs to be engaged, excited and enthusiastic while working. The biggest reward is when we are working together as partners to achieve something special.
Phil Rustad: Director of Training, Board Member Phil Rustad has been involved in the Sport of Dogs for over 30 years. His first dog was an Irish Setter named Gretchen, which he trained himself for hunting. His first formal Obedience training starting back in 1986 with a Brittany named Pepper. One thing lead to another and he wound up showing in formal AKC Trials with Pepper. Over the years he has taught Obedience for the St. Paul Dog Training Club and for the Animal Inn Training School, and Agility for St. Paul Dog Training Club.
Phil currently has two Shetland Sheepdogs that are showing. His older Dog, Boo, (OTCH MACH Jo's X-Rated Hobi O'Himark UDX8 OGM GO VER MX MXB MXJ MJB), a multiple participant in the National Obedience Championship, has returned to the obedience ring after finishing his MACH. His new dog, Reacher, (Blackmyst's Reach for the Dark Side), has just begun his show career with appearances in AKC Conformation. Obedience and Agility are upcoming up soon.
Phil has been an AKC Obedience Judge for over 20 years. He has judged Obedience outside the U.S. in the Bahamas and Canada. Aside from his work with SPDTC he is a member of many local dog training clubs and AKC Clubs. He is a past board member of the Minnesota Agility Club, the Anoka County Minnesota Kennel Club and has served as a trial chair, trial committee member and steward for numerous local Obedience, Agility and Conformation events. When he's not training or judging, Phil is the local expert on "Dog Homes" in his career as a Residential Realtor. He also writes murder mysteries, (Judges Choice will be out by Labor Day, 2016!), creates art glass, sings and acts with local groups and enjoys his seven grandchildren.
John Scandurra: Board Member John became involved in dog agility after adopting a stray Border collie while living in New Zealand. He and Gemma regularly compete in AKC and USDAA agility trials. John is a small animal veterinarian and founder of Aria CV, Inc., a company developing a medical device for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (in people).
Joy Schneider: Board Member I’m Joy Schneider, dog mom to three GBGV’s, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, a rare breed of French Scent Hound. Starting in January 2018, the GBGV will finally be a full AKC breed in the Hound Group! Dogs are pretty much my life. I enjoy morning runs and walks with my dogs, hanging out, cuddling with them, and dog sports!
Three years ago I signed my two older GBGV’s, Emma and Bailie, up for K9 Nose Work classes. It was my first attempt at dog sports and I fell in love right away. All three of my hounds are now in nose work. In November 2015, I found my way to SPDTC for a rally class, but ended up in nose work classes. My new puppy Madison started puppy and Obedience classes at SPDTC last fall. I recently started agility classes with Bailie and Madison, and we all just love it! Bailie and Madison are also active in tracking. Bailie has her TD title and is working on more titles. Madison is hoping to start titling this year in tracking. They both absolutely love to track!
I have so many class and competition plans for my dogs in the future! There is nothing that brings me more joy than having fun training, competing, and earning titles with my girls! I’m thrilled to be a part of SPDTC and hope to help make it an even better place for training dogs than it already is!
Carol Mehlhaff: Board Member I have been a SPDTC member since 2000 when I attended my first agility class with my Pomeranian Cody. My husband and I have earned several agility and obedience titles, and have attended the AKC National Agility Championships and AKC Agility Invitational. Since then we have trained our other three dogs Indy, Ladie and Wil-he; and are now in the process of training our new dog, Nova. I have been a board member of SPDTC for 9+ years and my accomplishments include helping establish the club website and newsletter, participating on the committee that installed the new flooring, and most recently I have taken care of putting on the Annual Awards Banquet for the club.
Kris Osojnicki: Board member Kris has been involved in various aspects of dog sports since 1988 earning her first CD in 1989. Over the past 29 years, she has earned 2 UDs, 5 CDXs and 6 CDs as well as multiple Rally titles on her Bernese Mountain Dogs. Her first UD was on her Novice A dog "Chalet".
The last 9 years she has primarily been involved in the port of Agility, earning MACHs on 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs, (a MACH 5, a MACH 4 and a MACH 2). She is currently competing in agility with her Berners "Zenna" and "Asha". She enjoys the comradery of the folks at SPDTC and is happy to be serving on the board and helping to keep the club going in it's positive direction.
Sarah Gaslswyk: Board Member
Dick Wood: Board Member Emeritus I started out in obedience in 1971 with a German Shepherd and since then I have trained and shown another German Shepherd, four Golden Retrievers, and two Shetland Sheepdogs. Titles on these dogs include three OTCH's, two UDX's, two UD's, one CDX and two CD's. My current dog is a Shetland Sheepdog, Alex who is nine years old. Alex has earned a UDX OM2 RE AX AXJ titles. I also have a new-female this time-puppy named Roxy, another Shetland Sheepdog working on her obedience skills.
I have been member of St. Paul Dog Training Club for over 35 years and on the board for many of those years. The club has been a big part of my life for all those years and the friendships past and present I have made. I have held various positions and offices while on the board. In addition I have built a number of pieces of equipment for the agility program and also other items such as the display cabinets in the lunch room, the magazine rack and a few other items.
I judged Obedience and Rally from 1987 to 2012 until my wife (Sharon) became an Obedience Field Representative. We have been able to travel all over the USA , Alaska, Hawaii and Canada judging. We have met many wonderful people along the way.
Marge Peters: Board Member Emeritus Long time Club members will remember our friend Marge Peters. Marge passed away on August 28, 2017 at the age of 98! Marge was a founding member of Saint Paul Dog Training Club, and an avid supporter of the club for over 60 years. She will be missed by many.
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