I am now celebrating more than 30 years in purebred dogs. For me, the Samoyed has captured my soul and my passion, filling my life and home with beauty, dignity, humor, and those occasional exasperating moments! My spouse, Doug Haldeman, and I have been breeding and showing Samoyeds under our kennel name, Shaman Samoyeds. Very rewarding is the successful breeding of many puppies, both for show and companionship. I take particular delight in now having 4 generations in residence, with an eye and commitment to constantly improving and honoring health, temperament and type.
I am a Board Member of the Samoyed Club of Washington State, a member of the Willamette Valley Samoyed Fanciers, of the Barbary Coast Samoyed Club, as well as of North Texas Samoyed Fanciers. Of course, I am a member of SCA, and I have served on its Nominating Committee. I am a charter member and treasurer of the Mount Rainier Working Dog Club. I have for many years been a member of the Sammamish Kennel Club, in which I have worn many hats: Board Member, Show Chairman, Specialty Coordinator, Judges’ Selection Chair. Perhaps most exciting, and certainly interesting, has been serving as its AKC Delegate for the past nine years. My career in medicine seemed a natural conduit to the Canine Health Foundation activities, and I served as a President’s Council Member, and a member of the Grants Committee. For several years, I sat on the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Task Force on Canine Aggression and the Human-Canine Interaction, resulting in our publication of "A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention" in the AVMA literature, with speaking and media appearances following.
I graduated George Washington University Medical School in 1974, became Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and practiced emergency medicine in a very busy downtown Seattle hospital for 25 years until my retirement in 2003. I pride myself on having been selected by Seattle Magazine as one of the area’s outstanding Emergency Physicians. My time now is even fuller. I have begun the process of judging dogs, and am now an AKC approved judge. I have had match or sweep assignments in all groups, and enjoyed judging both Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes at the Samoyed National in September, 2006. Another passion is foreign languages, and I am now studying both Italian and Arabic, to add to my comfort in French, Russian and German. Add to this mix bicycling, foreign travel, reading, pet birds and fish, cooking, and retirement became the only option.
I think, as all of us do, that this is indeed a difficult climate for our sport, with legal, political and financial threats. And yet we remain committed to it, knowing the lengthy history and persistent strength of this human-canine bond.
Let’s keep up the good fight!