The bond between you and your dog can be incredible…
Hi, my name is Tarah Spyve (nee Hunt). I was 16 when I was finally given permission from my parents to get a puppy. I wasn’t allowed to just get any puppy though, my conditions for getting a dog were that I had to research breeds to find one suitable for the family and take it to obedience classes – amazing how my life has now become so involved with dogs!
I researched and visited various breeds to find which would best suit my family over the summer holidays – I started with wanting a border collie, and went back to one – but at least I knew it was the right dog for us.
17 years later Shine (black and white Border Collie) is no longer with us (she reached a grand old age of 16.5 and passed away June 2018. I still have her daughter, Asta (aged 13), a blue and white Border Collie. Plus I got my newest addition, Ember, a tri coloured (black, white and tan) Border Collie three years ago, she was born at Haulton Border Collies in December 2015, and just recently (January 2019) we have had a new addition, Blaze, another black and white Border Collie puppy,
I attended domestic obedience classes with Shine at my local club, Cambridge Dog Obedience Club. I enjoyed this so I went back for a few terms and then I saw them holding agility classes – just like on Wonder Dogs on TV I thought! So of course, I joined the next class intake and have been there ever since! I was Club Secretary for at least 5 years and then Vice President for 2 years and during this time I also instructed domestic obedience and agility classes of all levels. I left the club at the end of 2013 as I was moving to Whitianga, and have since been nominated and accepted as a Life Member – both an honour and privilege. I frequently compete at various agility events around the North Island and am also an agility judge for the New Zealand Kennel Club.
Who would have thought at the time of being allowed a dog that it would shape my life so much – but I am so pleased that it has. I love dogs and I love training them, I also love teaching people with their dogs and seeing the improvement in the dogs behaviour and also the relationship between the dog and it’s owner. I have studied Principals Of Canine Behaviour through Massey University and read books, watched DVDs, attended seminars, and completed online courses to improve my knowledge of dog behaviour and training – as well as learning from friends and life experiences. I am constantly trying to learn more and improve my knowledge so I can continue to train my own dogs and help other people train theirs using positive reinforcement.
(our Doggy Daycare Superstar since May 2017)
Hi there my name is Katrina Mair I have lived here in Whitianga for the past 18 years, I have a partner and a young boy who is in primary school, we also have owned our own home for 12 years.
Previously I have done farm work and cattle mustering, I absolutely love the freedom of the farm and the open air gives you time to reflect on you passion and dreams. This led me onto horse trekking and breaking in horses, I had the time of my life in doing this but unfortunately my hips took a flogging… This is where I ended up in Whitianga and moved across with my Family. I had the urge to work with animals and always wanted to do so to further my career. In a small town such as Whitianga I had a hard time finding something to fulfil my dreams, so I sat my managers licence and completed 13 years of hospitality..who knew haha. However it was such a wonderfull way to meet the community, my new home, I have met so many people and have an excellent reputation in this town. In 2017 I got told about a job opportunity at Shine Canine, I most definitely could not pass up this offer as the opportunity to work amongst animals again made my heart race with excitement… so here I am extraordinarily lucky to have grabbed up this opportunity to work with Tarah and the dogs and give her all I can offer in helping her fulfil her dreams as-well.