My love of animals goes way back to my childhood. I had many cats and dogs as a child growing up. My first breed was a collie. We dabbled in training in obedience and I landed at a fun match and also entered into the breed ring. I thought this was great fun. Eventually my love turned to the Irish Setters. I thought the great red dogs where magnificent.
This is Reggie Ragtail Renegade,CD. My First Irish Setter. He was actually bought at a pet store, before we all knew where pet store puppies came from, in 1989. I started training dogs with a wonderful women Helen Fox. She saw that Reggie and I had great potential and helped guide us to our CD title in 1991. From there I was hooked. I started training with a local obedience club but decided to continue in the show ring for a while. My first love is obedience and I will always be grateful to this wonderful dog , who made me love doing and now teaching obedience. This is at the Christmas Classic in Cleveland with an entry of 40. We won 4th place in a run off. I never knew what a big dog show this was. He earned two first places his other two legs.
My first show dog was purchased from a local breeder in 1990. CH. Kenobi Awesome Ominous Sky. aka CODY There are no words to describe this wonderful journey we went on. We were admired by many and told we made a great team. We earned our Championship title in 1992. Cody went on to many multiple breed and group wins. We competed in the prestigious Westminster Dog Show, NY. I bred my first litter in 1994. This litter the “Indian Litter”, led me to my first success in my breeding program. Cody was bred to my first little girl Kenobi Beyond Believing aka ABBY. Abby was a spirited, sassy, young girl. She was the Girl that just wanted to have fun. Her and Cody brought me my first beautiful litter. From there the Ohkom Pedigree was born.
In addition to my work at Ohkom Farms, I’m on the writing staff of Front and Finish Dog Magazine and the Irish Setter Club of America Memo Publication.