I have a real soft spot
in my heart for Rescue Airedales, since I fostered a couple of
Rescues and adopted Erin in 1999. During the next 7 years Erin and I
competed in Agility, Obedience and Rally and earned 20 titles in
those sports! Erin was a wonderful girl who I will miss always.
Erin's story, half written by her first owners and half written by
me, can be found at "Edith/Erin".
Our current dogs are
Argus, a cuddly 11-year old boy, Cait, a 2-year old and Cava, Cait’s
7 month old daughter.
They enjoy zooming around the house together and doing cute dog
tricks to convince me to give them treats. They are a lot of fun and
keep me busy. I now compete in Agility, Competition Obedience and
Rally with Cait.
Right before Erin came to live with us in 1999, I joined the fledgling Airedale Quilting
Bee. We have been making quilts to benefit Airedale Rescue for 11
years now. It is wonderful to be able to share my two passions,
quilting and Airedales, with other women who feel the same.
My biggest function in this group is to help with the artistic side of the quilt. I
sometimes design the general setting of the quilt when it is to be
one large picture such as “Friends for Life”, “Annette’s House” and
the “Circus” quilt. I draw pictures that become patterns for some of
the blocks and I write guidelines for making and designing the
blocks. I have assembled several of the quilt tops and have even
quilted a few. This year I made the “S” block
In real life, I am a USDA Scientist and Professor of Entomology (creepy
crawly bugs) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. My lab
does research on wheat genes that defend the plant against attack by
the Hessian fly. In addition to hugging Airedales and quilting, my
hobbies include training for and competing in dog agility and
obedience and rally, teaching agility classes, playing hammer
dulcimer, hiking in the woods and canoe camping with my Airedales
and my husband Greg.