Doug joined Sammamish Kennel Club September of 1994.
History in Purebred Dogs: I might be one of the few Samoyed breeders int he US who can legitimately say that they have been in the breed their entire lives. I was born to a single mother who had one, and my love affair with the breed has continued since. My spouse, Bo Gloster and I breed Samoyeds under the Shaman prefix; we are members of the Samoyed Club of America, the Samoyed Club of Washington State, and of course the SKC, which we joined in 1994. Over the years, we have shown our Sammies in conformation, winning multiple BIS and BISS titles; obedience; and we have used our dogs as therapists. It is said that Sammies should e mbody the spirit of Christmas, with their stunning coats and bright smiles. Samoyeds are also the "cartoon characters" of the dog world, never taking life too seriously. Altough this can present a challenge for training, they are good role models for we humans.
Dog Highlights: There are numerous wins that are memorable for me, but probably what stands out is our first BIS at Victoria KC in 1998 with our "Jimi," CH Shaman's Coyote Steals Fire. We were so thrilled that we sat in the ring drinking beer long after everyone else had left. Since then, our dogs have given us so much, and asked for so little in return.
Life Beyond Dogs: I am passionated about my profession as a Clinical Psychologist, and have worked for many years with the American Psychological Association with a life mission of using psychology to make our society a more humane place in which to live. My primary focus has been the eradication of homophobia, and all forms of bigotry and prejudice. I have been in private practice for almost 30 years in the Pike Place Market area of Seattle, and have written and lectured extensively on ethical, competent delivery of psychotherapy and related issues. I have been privileged with numerous professional awards, including induction into the National Academies of Practice, which recognizes excellence in health care practice.
For fun, I am a long distance runner, and am getting set for my third marathon (Seattle) in November.