RoundAbout: [adj. round-uh-bout,
round-uh-bout] 1. The most efficient way to navigate a crossroads.
I seem to reach just about every important destination in my life in a roundabout way. Though I've tried to plan my journey carefully, I’ve learned that the best things in life often happen when I miss the turn.
Not surprisingly, I missed a few turns on the way to naming the kennel. But once I arrived, it perfectly summarized the way I navigate life. I have a clear vision of where I want the road to take me - but along the way I try to embrace the unexpected and appreciate the learning and laughter that happens by taking the scenic route.
So how does a Harvard-educated college professor from East Tennessee end up living on a farm in Wisconsin raising champion show dogs and rare heritage livestock? Well, in a RoundAbout way, of course...
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Mentors & Friends >
I am lucky to count on a team of mentors and friends who deserve much of the credit for my success. I will never have enough words to thank Donna and Ben Dale and Michael Pesare and Maida Connor (Gleanntan Skyes), Lisa Kennell and Carol Leggat (Gleneagle Dachshunds), and Zena Thorn-Andrews (Drakesleat) for their on-going support, encouragement, and for sharing such amazing dogs with me.
I also benefit from a whole bunch of other fantastic doggie and non-doggie friends, who make me laugh, celebrate victories, support me in the heartbreaks, and who teach me constantly. Each of these dear friends inspires, encourages, and supports me as I chase my dreams.
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See why I love breeding Mini-wirehaired Dachshunds in this video produced by the American Kennel Club >
The RoundAbout team >
There is NO WAY I could do what I do without the help of some VERY VERY special friends. Well, more than friends. They are the RoundAbout family. These folks show up in the middle of the night when it all hits the fan, celebrate the day to day joys, and are there to walk with me through the heartbreaks.
Suz and Jug Gundlach love each RoundAbout like their own, invest much time and energy helping create the best possible life for the crew, and hold down the fort when I need to be away-- which is no easy task! Suz and Jug can do no wrong in the eyes of the gang, and are pretty much revered by each RoundAbout critter as a guardian angel. (I'm pretty sure they are mine too!)
Ashley Pfannenstiel and Shannon Porter are always there when I need them-- and are better than I am at knowing when that is! They have a fifth sense for impending doom at RoundAbout, and always show up to save the day! Needless to say, I count on them for, well, everything! But, Ashley and Shannon and are especially distinguished puppy godparents. Whenever I have to be away and there are RoundAbout babies afoot, you can bet they will be passing their time with their beloved Ashley and Shannon!