You might wonder what training dogs, music and meditation have in common… but if you think about it, it all involves skills, communication, energy and the desire to find peace and joy.
I have been blessed to have many interests and passions through-out my lifetime. My very first job was working in a Class A show kennel for Yorkshire Terriers. At the same time I purchased and trained my first horse and was already advancing in my piano studies.
When I started college at age 17, I was a duel major: Microbiology and Music. I loved music and had talent, but I also loved science and was thinking about coming a veterinarian.
Then, I got waylaid in my career by marriage and children, also a blessing. When I returned to college I realized I had to choose between music and science. I was bitten by the performance bug and ended up with a Bachelor of Music (WU-Madison), Master of Music (UT-Austin) and Doctorate of Music (ABD) (University of Houston) all in Voice Performance.
Now, in my 50’s and semi-retired, I have renewed my passion for animal behavior – specifically with dogs, although I continue to train my off-the-track Thoroughbred.
As for Meditation, I began my yoga studies in 1995 at the Houston Yoga Institute. This was one of the first yoga institutions in the country. Here I started my practice in Hatha Yoga. Though I have always been an active, outdoorsy type, I really wanted to learn how to quiet my body and brain for performance. This began a lifetime occupation.
As you probably know, the ability to control your own body energy is critical in controlling a dog or horses energy. And here, I have come full circle with my passions and talents.