I have always loved animals. Growing up we had various dogs and many different kinds of birds from finches to macaws. I continued my love for animals when choosing my major for college. My course track was marine biology and zoology. My class subjects included animal reproduction, vertebrate physiology, and genetics. After graduating from college I had the opportunity to assist in sea turtle conservation at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL. It was extremely rewarding to help protect and contribute to the sea turtle population. After that position I worked in environmental health in Florida for 8 years. I was then offered the chance to work in my home state of Indiana to investigate communicable diseases. During my time in Florida while I was in college I worked at a large pet supply chain. I had access to many animal breed books (before the internet). I found the Bergamasco Italian Sheepdog and thought it was the perfect breed for me. I had past experience with another herding breed and really loved them. I researched as much as I could find on the breed and decided that the climate in Florida was probably not ideal for the breed so I waited. When we returned to Indiana we decided it was time to add a dog to our family. I did not have to think twice about what breed I wanted so we searched for a Bergamasco puppy. In 2011 we added a Bergamasco puppy to our household, Fina, in 2012 Argo arrived from Italy, and 2014 Paya joined our family. Ghita came to us from Italy in 2018. They have been a great joy along with our Russian Blue cat Boris and DSH cat Zoran. My husband grew up around many different animals. He trained retrievers and also helped his neighbor with horses. One of his fondest memories was a black sheepdog mix named Lumpy. Our girl Fina is a reminder to him of his favorite childhood dog Lumpy. I am a member of the UKC breed club National Bergamasco Sheepdog Alliance , ENCI Italian club SAB, and the AKC parent club Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America.