Terry comes from a long line of animal lovers. Her dad was an avid dog lover and imported their first family dog they found while he and Terry's mom were stationed in Germany. Terry was born overseas in Germany and she and Gus became fast and forever best friends. Gus was the first of many great dogs ranging from German Shepherds, Labs, a Westie, a German Shorthair, a Doberman and many mixed breeds. She became knowledgable with many breeds as her grandfather always owned 2-4 dogs as well. She helped him pick out a Weimaraner pup and a Flat Coated retriever pup. She has many fond memories of helping with his dogs as a child and reading the National Geographic big book of dog breeds with her grandfather and father.
Terry got her first import line GSD in 1995, joined Topline GSD Club where she still serves as a board director, and has had a love obsession with GSDs ever since. She has actively competed in German style conformation, Obedience, Rally, Schutzhund, even tried sheep herding and has had therapy dogs. Terry has served the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department and Manteno Fire Department with 2 SAR K9s and is currently Vice President and Treasurer of Kankakee Valley Search and Rescue K9 team. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Terry teaches a variety of classes and private session at her business Ryan K9 and will add value and skill to the Tailshakers training staff. She teaches a balanced training method and utilizes a variety of training equipment knowing that training tools and methods are not a "one size fits all". She is a people person and thrives of seeing clients reach milestones with their dogs. She continues her education by attending training seminars and has been fortunate to have had world level mentors to bounce ideas off and problem solve.
While her background and education are finance and insurance her love has always been DOGS! Training dogs, rescuing dogs, bonding with, competing with and loving dogs!