Sidestreet Kennel is the culmination of a lifelong belief that a dog’s most important role is that of companion; a role which takes on many iterations and interpretations. For some, it is that of jogging partner, guardian, best friend, service animal, confidant, surrogate child; for others it is competition partner, breeding stock, fellow athlete. The dog fills a transient role in the life of its human, evolving and adapting as dogs do; ever present and attachable.
My involvement in dogs began secondary to an equestrian career. I grew up surrounded by dogs of many breeds, both of our own and in various barns. I became enamored with the Australian Shepherd at a young age for its intelligence, loyalty, complication, and undying devotion. As I grew more involved with competing in obedience and agility, I became interested in dogs professionally as well as in the conformation venue. I started handling classes and showing dogs for others at any opportunity I could. I began teaching training classes and conducting private consultations. An undergraduate education from Mount Holyoke College with an emphasis on neuroscience and behavior provided the scientific background behind much of my training practice.
At some point, I felt a need for a smaller breed in addition to the Aussies. Something smart, athletic, short coated, but less complicated; something a little more “pet friendly” for the average individual. So began my love affair with the Boston Terrier around 2005. Over time, my focus shifted from the Aussies and to the Bostons, and I am no longer breeding Australian Shepherds, though they will always have a place in my heart. In 2014 I began showing Pugs and slowly have begun to have Pugs as my secondary breed. The Bostons and Pugs are a lovely compliment to each other. Fun loving, goofy, and most importantly…companion animals who have no purpose other than to bring us joy. What more could you want from a dog?
My education continued and I graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in the Class of 2016 and am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I have worked as a veterinarian in MA since graduation.