My biggest inspiration are all the wonderful animals and their humans I meet along my way, but most important of all are my own animals. Here a quick profile of each one of them and what the most important lesson was that each of them taught me.

Emma, my 1st ever own dog, is extremely smart and fiercely independent. She had me wrapped around her paw from the moment we took her home as a tiny, but already very willful 8 week old puppy. While Emma will learn a new behaviour in no time, it will always be on her terms and only if she can see the point / benefit of the exercise to her. Her strong prey drive and independence have caused me sleepless nights and taught me the importance of management of certain behaviours. Emma made me fall head-over-heals in love with Siberians in particular and then dogs in general and I had to learn fast to keep up with her antics as a puppy and still today as a 9 year old lady (well, most of the time ;-)).
Max is a very high-energy, slightly reserved husky, but with a strong will to please me. His self-control, even at 8 years of age is still very much a work in progress. Being so keen on cooperating with me allowed me to take him all the way to the first obedience competition level, quite an achievement for a husky, especially the long off-leash down stays. Max is a wonderful sled dog and enjoys running in front of the bike; because of his good looks he has stared in several TV and magazine shots over the years. He is also a big softy with excellent canine social skills and has been invaluable when rehabilitating reactive dogs.
Mia came to me as a special foster project and stayed forever – she had lived her first two years at an abandoned factory and had virtually no socialization with people, she was terrified of her own shadow and completely feral. She taught me so much about canine body language, working with extremely fearful dogs and the power of positive reinforcement and today is a testament of how extremely adaptable dogs are and how much they can learn even after the window of the all important socialization phase has long closed. While Mia will never be a social butterfly, she lives a full life with walks, obedience classes, and can even cope in a crowd of people. She has become the most affectionate of all of my dogs and also the most obedient. Mia is a wonderful sled dogs and a great sport when playing with my toddler.
Roxy can only be described as pure sweetness in a dog’s body. She was rescued from a pet shop at the tender age of 6 weeks because she was too sick to be sold and struggled with a multitude of health problems during her first months. Against the odds, she survived and started to blossom. Now, at age 5, Roxy is the sweetest thing with 4 legs – she loves all other humans and animals and is extremely tolerant and forgiving of inappropriate or rude behaviour, be it from humans not used to interacting with dogs or other dogs with poor social skills, and always invites the person or dog to try again. She does amazing therapy work with humans with disabilities at TopDogs and helps me to rehabilitate reactive dogs.
Adding Zeplin to the family was a life-long dream come true, as I am besotted with horses since I was a little girl. And it has also proved an interesting learning experience as Zeplin is almost 20 years old with a long history of traditional training methods that shaped a mindset that humans are not necessarily something to look forward to. So my main objective with him is to have fun together, to create a curiosity “what will she come up with next” in order to encourage cooperation. Certainly still a work in progress, but we are enjoying the journey.