Becky got started in dog sports while a student at Colorado State University studying for an Equine Science Degree. Although her grandparents had German Shepherd Dogs as pets, and her family had a few pound puppies and a great German shepherd/Collie cross during her childhood, she never had the opportunity to attend any formal dog training classes or shows. However, Becky always enjoyed training horses. She competed in local hunter/jumper shows and rode whatever problem horse came along.
While attending CSU, a German Shepherd Dog joined Becky's Labrador cross , and she attended her first large all breed dog show as a spectator. Becky was hooked immediately! A smooth Collie caught her eye shortly afterwards and her love affair with Collies began.
Becky quickly started attending obedience and handling classes, joining dog clubs and soaking up knowledge from all who were willing to share. Before long, Becky was helping to bring the new sport of dog agility to Northern Colorado and starting the first Dog Daycare in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she worked for nearly 10 years. Eventually, she was managing the center and teaching all kinds of classes from puppy kindergarten to utility obedience, agility, and conformation handling.
In addition to showing her own dogs, Becky also worked as a professional handler of a variety of breeds and groomed both show dogs and pets. In 1995, Becky found her true calling in a dog sport when she discovered herding. More than any previous type of dog sport that she had been involved in, she was captivated by the instinctive nature of herding and the complex interactions between the dog, the handler and the stock. A career change and a move to the Midwest meant focusing on the sheepdog training exclusively for a few years. Since moving to Missouri in 2007, Becky has started Montara Collies and Stockdog Training where she has helped many folks start in herding with all breeds and mixes, as well as helped many attain titles at all levels of trials. Becky is also an AKC and AHBA Herding judge.
Having always lived with a large pack of dogs since getting involved in the "dog world", Becky has extensive experience dealing with intra-pack relations and training issues. Her love of dogs drew her to make a living doing what she loves and she is happy to be able to pursue her love full time.
Bethany grew up just outside of Ashland, MO near the Missouri river. She spent almost all her time barefoot in the woods and creeks where she grew up, and continues to get to the trails and woods as much as possible. She also loves her other job at The Central Missouri Humane Society mainly as an Adoption and Animal Care Counselor, but assisting in many areas. She always had multiple pets in her home growing up, and recently adopted a little Yorkie named Odin! (Who thinks he is a big dog, and loves being on the trail just as much as his owner!)
Sara was born and raised in Columbia Missouri. She spent one year in Kansas City where she majored in Environmental Studies at UMKC. Sara's family currently has three rescue dogs at home: Isabelle (pit bull), Iris (terrier/corgi mix) and Elliet (English Setter).
Justin is originally from Southern Mississippi. He relocated to Columbia, MO. in 2010! Justinenjoys his work as a freelance photographer and videographer. In 2011, Justin met Doodles. A spry dachshund with ample flatulence and an elderly disposition. He took Doodles in and they soon became the best of friends. Justin has never met a dog that he didn't like!
Kayla has lived in Columbia for about 5 years and recently graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Captive Wild Animal Management. In addition to Dog Daze she has also done work in Veterinary care, Zookeeping, Equine Management and Wildlife Rehabilitation. Kayla loves spending time outdoors, especially with her fur baby Chester.