With my wife, Betty, we obtained our first English Springer Spaniel in 1958 and, as a new puppy, it accompanied us on our honeymoon. We became hooked on the breed and on showing. The first Vanity Fair litter was whelped in 1964 and we were off and running, breeding occasionally when we had an opening and finishing many champions and obedience and tracking titlists. Early in my dog career, I became a member of the Parent Club Board and, at one time, was Parent Club Vice President. I served on the Board for many years until replaced due to term limits. I was also President of the English Springer Spaniel Club of Michigan and have been a Board member of the Willamette Valley English Springer Spaniel Association. I was President of the Battle Creek (Michigan) Kennel Club and am now an honorary life member of that club. I am also a member of the Board of the Luckiamute Dog Training Club in Oregon, where I currently reside.
In 1994, I was named Chair of the Parent Club Genetics and Health Committee and I have retained the Chair ever since. I am also Vice President for Science and Research of the English Springer Field Trial Assn. Foundation and have been since the Foundation's inception. We have in progress or have completed several research projects including research in the areas of PFK disorder, PRA, epilepsy and canine temperament.
In real life, I am a retired Psychologist. I was with the VA for 33 years during which time I had the privilege of helping veterans from conflicts ranging from the Spanish American War to the Persian Gulf crisis. I retired in 1991. In addition to my clinical duties, I was Coordinator for Research and Development for our medical center.