I am a long-time dog enthusiast from Central Finland. I got interested in dogs already as a little girl. At first, I walked my neighbour’s dogs. After long persuasion, I finally got my own dog in 1974. A Rough Collie was an excellent companion for many years. I trained and competed myself and also served as a steward at trials and dog shows. According to my mother, I was “dog crazy”.
As time went by, I took different courses in the dog world. About twenty years later, it was time to take the judges’ course. I became a dog show judgein 1999, with the Rough Collie as my first breed. I’ve slowly qualified for more breeds and new groups. Studying new breeds broadens one's horizons and also lets you meet new people. Today, I judge breeds from almost all groups.
Club activities have always been important to me. For several years, I used to be very active in my local dog club, in breed clubs holding different positions, and on the Board of my kennel district. I’ve unfortunately had to cut back on these activities a lot because of my current job, situation in life, and judging appointments and studying new breeds.
In addition to dogs, I like to potter around my yard, go mushroom foraging and pick berries. Golf is also a pleasant new interest of mine. We head out to travel a few times a year, either north to look for snow or south to look for warmth and sunlight.