About Me
I was instilled with a love of all things dog since I was a little girl by my mother. My happiest memories include helping my mother raise American Cocker Spaniels and participating in performance sports with my childhood pets. I have participated in dog sports since 9 years old. I was blessed to have a local club and an abundance of local dog shows to train and trial my dogs since an early age. My first dog was a black American Cocker Spaniel Pepper who I showed in Agility, Obedience, and Juniors. Since then I have trained, trialed, and loved many more including a couple of English Springer Spaniels, Shetland Sheepdog, mutts, and more. In addition to breeding and performance sports, I also work as a professional dog trainer and own my business Better Friends Dog Training.

Standard Poodles didn't come into my life until I was an adult, when I met and married a man severely allergic to dogs! Knowing I couldn't live without dogs in my life and with my husband's never-ending support, we began looking toward Poodles. In 2011, we brought home a 1 year old Standard Poodle mix from the shelter we named Yoshi. He quickly earned his BN title, but unfortunately our performance career ended quickly as he was diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders. The following year, we brought home our next Poodle, Sully, a 9 year old blue Standard Poodle from another animal shelter. For three years, we immensely enjoyed our “Poodley boys” as they were nicknamed. In a heartbreaking turn of events, after months of caring for our Sully boy after as he lost function of his rear legs, we finally said our goodbyes.  The following year in 2017, tragedy struck again and we lost our Yoshi boy to a rare genetic condition at just 7 years old. 

With both our “Poodley boys” gone we knew we needed another in our life.  Although we treasure the time we had with our boys and how they came to us through adoption, our children were growing older and we wanted a healthy dog from a known background that could grow with our family for years to come and to avoid all the heartache we experienced with the preventable genetic  and autoimmune health issues we experienced with our first Standard Poodles. That is when we came to the decision that we would get our next Poodle from a reputable breeder, and we began our search. A month later, we came across a litter of puppies at Element Standard Poodles, and we immediately made plans to go see them. We picked out our puppy and brought her home in June 2016, and named her Miya. 

In 2017, Miya was purchased as a pet and my performance prospect without a thought of breeding her. She turned out to a be a fabulous performance partner, earning her first title at just 7 months old. We were enjoying her so much, and having lost another one of our adopted dogs to kidney failure, we started looking for our next poodle. We came across an available male looking for a co-ownership home from Shyre Poodles. We drove down just before Christmas in 2017 to get him a few weeks later and named him Wall-E after one of our children's favorite movies. Wall-E was a fabulous puppy and was showing a lot of promise as a performance partner, too. The following April I took Wall-E to his first UKC show and Miya came along just for fun with the permission and support from her breeder. They both finished their Championship in one weekend! The show bug officially had bit me! Although still uncertain if my goals for Miya included breeding her, with her breeder's permission and encouragement, I pursued her Grand Championship and Top Ten status. That is when the idea of having my own breeding program began to grow with the help and support of my mentors and friends. In 2019, Miya's breeder granted me full registration and breeding rights on Miya.  Since the show bug biting me in 2018, keeping true to myself, I have dived headfirst into the deep end. I have become passionate about all things Poodle. 

We have been blessed with several more additions to my growing breeding program from friends I have made along the way. In 2018 we brought home 6 month old Seairsha from New York. After she finished her championship and health testing, we placed her in a quieter guardian home with good friends. In 2019, I was offered a little cream boy that was in need of a show home; I was not looking for another stud but he was so loveable, I couldn't turn him away.  We kept searching for another female to add to the program until I saw a 1 year old adult female looking for a home; Wishes became the next addition to Ghibli.  Novel, came to me from my very first dog show friend, Kim at MyTyme. I was anticipating a female, but fate decided I needed yet another stud dog with an all male litter. We also brought home an older puppy Gemma the same year to watch her mature. Not every puppy will meet my high standards and so both Novel and Gemma have been spayed/neutered and retired into lovely pet homes. In May we also brought home another long-awaited addition, a silver boy we named Marble, from APAW.  We are excited and proud of the foundation of our breeding program and cannot wait to place wonderful, healthy Poodles into deserving pet homes.

To begin our next generation and our newest additions, Marnie, an apricot, is my very first bred-by keeper puppy out of Sunny and Miya and she is a diverse girl! My daughter took the reins on Marnie's training and they are bonded, practically joined at the hip. Marnie looks like a promising future agility partner for my daugther.
Miya's second litter was with extreme outlier Sky at Pink Begonia Poodles, we kept another outlier blue girl that we named Memrie. We look forward to watching them both mature.


Oops!

In a surprising turn of events, we also experienced an unexpected addition. We discovered just two weeks after my very first litter was born when I had taken Wishes into the vet for what I feared was pyometra symptoms (a life threatening infection of the uterus left untreated), that she was pregnant instead. The symptoms that I thought were pyometra were actually sadly complications because one of her puppies had passed away early in utero. She went into labor the next day. After she delivered the puppy that had passed away, she delivered one live puppy, and then she experienced dysocia (stalled labor) and we rushed her to the ER where there was not a surgeon on staff to perform a cesarean that day. Tragically, the two remaining puppies passed away before a surgeon could arrive or we could be transferred to a veterinary hospital with an available surgeon.
We named the only surviving puppy Miracle. It was touch and go with Miracle in the early weeks but the entire family helped bottle feed, tube feed, and raise our singleton Miracle. We performed DNA tests on all our studs and it was determined that Sunny sired her. Although accidental, both the dam and the sire were fully health tested, Category 10 unrelated, and she has matured nicely. We decided to keep her back to watch her mature to be evaluated to become part of our breeding program. If she matures not to be breeding quality, our entire family has decided that she will be a permanent member of our extended family because she is incredibly special to all of us.  Since the accidental breeding, we have financially invested to make improvements to our kennel set up and now know better than to trust that a fence is enough to deter mother nature. We have made changes to our stud management, too. Although I have been reassured by many that it accidents happen to a lot of people, we intend for this to be our first and our last accidental pregnancy.

Giving Back


My three upcomer puppies, Marnie, Miracle, and Marble all have had DNA submitted to be apart of the Mizzou-OFA CHD Biomarker Study. Here at Ghibli Poodles, we know the heartbreak of losing a dog tragically or too soon to preventable health conditions. It is what inspires me and motivates me as a breeder. Health testing is our utmost priority. We go above and beyond the breed club recommendations. All our dogs are fully health tested before being bred. The Mizzou study is trying to find a biomarker to predict Hip Dysplasia with a DNA test. While the puppies were between 4 and 6 months old, we submitted blood and urine samples to the OFA database. At 1 year old we will xray their hips and again at 2 years old we will repeat the OFA Hips xrays. We are investing to be apart of this study because we are committed to bettering our breed! We are very proud to be apart of this study that will hopefully allow breeders to even better select keeper puppies and the dogs we breed to create the healthiest possible puppies for our future families.

WHAT DOES GHIBLI MEAN?

Ghibli means wind. More specifically, it is a type of wind in the Sahara desert with a profound effect on North Africa's climate.  When I began thinking of  a name for my breeding program, I was immediately drawn to the idea of wind because of its diversity and it's symbolism.  My mother, Wendy, is the person responsible for instilling such a love of dogs in me. Her sacrifice in allowing me to use the little black Cocker she brought home for herself and instead letting her become my dog, and her decade of dedication in taking me to all my training classes and dog shows with my childhood pets had a tremendous impact on my life and set me on the trajectory that led me to here.

Although my mother set me on this trajectory, I wouldn't be at this place without my husband's never-ending support and encouragement, and he is the  one that suggested the name Ghibli.  As our babies turned into toddlers, and with my husband's love for Japanese anime, the films from a Japanese animation studio, called Ghibli Studios, became a household favorite of our family. Some of the qualities that endeared our family to the films included how serene and peaceful the animation and movie themes were and how most of the films were centered around strong female characters. When my husband bought me our foundation dam, we named her after the director of favorite Ghibli Studio films, Hayao Miyazaki, hoping she too would become a strong, female character. 

Naming this program after the ghibli winds is my way of paying homage to my mother, my husband, and my foundation dam, who have all made this possible.

Me as a young girl competing with my first dog, black Cocker Spaniel Pepper. We enjoyed competing in NADAC, UKC, USDAA, and CPE Agility for many years.
Pepper and I also competed in Obedience.
Pepper and I were invited to UKC Premier for Junior Agility many years. Here we are competing in 2005.
Win photo after a CPE trial in 2000 with my sister and her dog, Brownie.
Me and Pepper before a 4-H show.
Pepper and I in 2012.
Me with Della and Bopp, two dogs I handled in Agility.
Win photo with Bopp and Pepper after a NADAC trial.
Performing Tricks with Pepper at a training club meeting.
Pepper, Fudge, and Misha - My performance dogs during my youth.
Misha and I doing an agility demonstration with my dog training club at our local county fair.
Misha and I with our Ohio State Fair wins.
Della, a Springer Spaniel I handled in Obedience and Agility. 
Running NADAC agility with Della.
Bopp and I celebrating a qualifying run. 
Me with my Springer - Misha, Cocker - Pepper, and Poodley boy Yoshi.
Me with my Fab Four. This group of dogs all now gone onto Rainbow bridge have such a special place in my heart.
My husband with his Poodley boys.


MR with Novel,
Miss E with Gemma,
Myself with Seairsha on the left of me and Wishes on the right of me,
my husband CJ with Wall-e,
Charlie with Snoopy,
Little Miss S with Ponyo,
Maybellee with Miya on the left and Sunny on the right
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Photo taken in March 2021. Novel and Gemma have since retired into pet homes and our foster daughters moved to be with biological family. <3

Marnie, Marble, Miracle, and Memrie were born and added to our family/program in the last half of 2021.

Plans underway to update this family photo to include them!