Steff & Vasco
RH1 & RH2 judge. Worked for British Airways in Frankfurt, Germany, studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and then 38 years with Lufthansa German Airlines in all airlines related capacities but primarily as Ticket Office and Customer Relations Manager in Philadelphia/Boston/New York. Recent jobs were with Eckell Sparks Law Firm and now American Legal Records.
USCA/WUSV Liaison / Licensed SV/USCA RH Training Director / Translator for USCA/IRO
Accomplishments with my dogs:
Anka von Donnerwetter – CD/CDX/SchH1
Lori von Donnerwetter - CD/CDX
Nikki von der Eichenburg -VBH/V2/SchH3/FH
Otti von der Murrtalaue - BH/V1/SchH1/KKL1
Kiki von Stefanopeler Tal – BH/ V2/RH1-F/RH2-FL-B/RH2-T-A/RH2-L (Alpine Training Course)
Kumiko vom Suentelstein – In RH Training
My vision is to continue to promote the RH platform for USCA and to display our accomplishments on the world stage.
Alan & Odiy
Graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Animal & Poultry Science and from PCP&S with a BS in Pharmacy, upon which I spent 40 years in retail pharmacy. I have owned dogs all my adult life, but this is the first time I've done this type of training. Originally wanted to do some basic obedience with my female, Odiy, but soon discovered she needed more to do. She seemed to sparkle and proved she was suitable for the RH work in area search. After 7 years of training with Odiy and working with the group, I've learned just how smart and how much these dogs can do. It's been a great learning experience for both Odiy and myself. The most important lesson anyone can learn from this experience is, "To ALWAYS trust your dog!"
Jonathan & Ginger
My career path took me at first to the Oxford Computer Co.. I had a brief interlude working as a server for a dining hall and then moved on to be a driver for White Horse Village. My primary career for over 20 years is as a 911 county dispatcher. I also volunteer at the Newtown Square Fire Co and am an emergency medical technician for over 10 years.
As to my dog career – I have had 4 beautiful companions –
Butch – GSD – a dog I had when I was just a baby and who saved my life from a trash can fire in the kitchen.
Sheehan – an Irish Setter – while he was only with us for three short years, we loved his boundless energy. He ran off only to be taken into custody by the SPCA, never to be seen again. Quite heartbreaking for a young child.
Sheba – GSD – got her at 6 months and did basic obedience with her just from books I read. We were steadfast friends and my heart was ripped apart when we had to put her down at 17.5 years of age.
Courtney - GSD – got her at yes 8 years of age. She came with obedience built in Her only quirk was not wanting to cross a shiny floor, but will a little encouragement and lots of patience, we conquered her fears.
Dave & Ruger
As a classically trained musician, I spent my early years studying and performing classical orchestral trombone across the east coast and in Chicago. I was privileged to have studied with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Later, I found myself working in the high technology area where I became an expert in introducing new business class products into global marketplaces. I’ve been enriched by getting to know and work with colleagues from the UK, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the AsiaPac regions.
Ruger is my third German Shepherd, but this is the first time I’ve endeavored to formally train in a world class Search and Rescue organization. It is my intent to challenge myself and Ruger in SAR, with our first goal of passing the obedience test. It has been so rewarding to learn more about Ruger’s potential and to enjoy our growing communication and relationship. I am so excited to see where our SAR adventure will lead!
Sarah & Lux
Since 2015 I have been hands-on with dogs and learning how to reach my goal of being a professional dog trainer with a focus on working dogs. I got my start with the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at their Canine Handler Academy as a student, and a counselor. There I learned how to properly train, handle, and work with working dogs such as SAR (Live Find and Human Remains), Single and Dual Purpose Law Enforcement, Scent Detection (Narcotics, Explosives, Ovarian Cancer, Diabetic Alert), and more. After that, I began focusing on Service Dog training through volunteer work, classes, and assisting in the training of those raising their own Service Dogs. The past few years for me have included working as a dog trainer, enrolling in training courses, workshops, seminars, and taking internships and other similar jobs. Lux is my first true working dog and shows great potential for Search and & Rescue. We also are venturing into the dog sport world with an interest in Scent Work, FastCAT, Dock Diving, Barn Hunt, and Rally. I'm excited to dive deeper into the world of working and sporting dogs!