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I wanted to share a little about myself and my experience. Currently I share my home with five Standard Schnauzers and 12 rats (the rats are kept for barn hunt practice). As with most people, I had dogs growing up and I taught them what I could as a kid. When I got married and moved out on my own, we obtained a Toy Fox Terrier while in our apartment. I went to a class to work on socialization and basic manners. That was in 1996. Once we moved into a house, we obtained our first Boxers. I started volunteering for a Boxer rescue in 1999 which brought many Boxers through our home and lots of training and learning experience. In 2007, I co-founded Boxer/Schnauzer Rescue of the Ozarks with a friend. The friend has since moved on but I am still with BSRO. My work in rescue led me to meet some ladies that showed Boxers in conformation so I would hang around with them to learn the ropes. I really wanted to try this out but wasn’t sure I wanted to do it with a Boxer. In 2008, I adopted one of my foster Boxers who I named Alice. This girl showed great abilities at a young age and I couldn’t let her go. She was known as UCD Cheshire’s Little Secret CDX BN RA HT THD CGC CGCA RATN retired Pet Partners Therapy dog, actress, and model. She was one of a small population of Boxers that was titled in herding. Yes, Boxers can herd. She also did live theatre and tv. Some of you may have seen her playing Bullseye in Oliver at the Springfield Little Theatre. I lost her sooner than I should have because of kidney disease. After losing her and several rescues before her, at early ages to poor health, I started looking at preservation breeders that health tested their dogs. From this search, a Standard Schnauzer was decided upon. I reached out to several breeders and finally decided to travel to Minnesota in August 2012, to the Heartland Standard Schnauzer Club specialty to meet some breeders.
We had no intention of bringing a puppy home that weekend but on that Sunday we traveled home with a little pepper and salt boy we named Rooster. Rooster went on to be a multiple group winning, multiple owner handled best in show winning, gold grand champion and platinum NOHS Standard Schnauzer. As of the writing of this, he is still the #1 lifetime owner handled Standard Schnauzer. He is formally known as GCHG CH Sketchbook Rodeo Clown RATN.
In 2012, we ventured into the world of conformation by adding a Standard Schnauzer puppy to our home. Since then, we have brought four other Standard Schnauzers into our home. We now share our home with GCHG Sketchbook Rodeo Clown RATN “Rooster”, RATCH GCHB Rhinestone Cowboy “Campbell”, RATCH CH Sketchbook Foolish Pleasure CD BN RN DJA DN SWM SENE SHDE TKI CGCA ATT “Derby”, Sketchbook No Nonsense “Nonie” and RATCHX AKC GCH CH/UKC CH Scarlights Tova SWA SIE SCE RATI DCAT ATT “Tova”. For a short time we shared our home with IntCH UKC CH Mava de la Vallee du Mouton “Mava”, a Berger Picard, until she passed away. Derby is the first Standard Schnauzer to ever title in dock diving in AKC. Rooster and Campbell are retired from showing in conformation. Rooster has been to the AKC National Championships in Orlando two times and to Westminster in NYC four times. Campbell has been to the AKC National Championships in Orlando two times and Westminster two times. Campbell and Rooster have also been the only Standard Schnauzers allowed to hunt for rats on the streets of New York with the R.A.T.S. group. They are the only dogs to return a second and third year. This group works with the city to help curb the infestation issues with rats in their communities. They did this on Friday night and on Tuesday Rooster was in the ring showing at Westminster! Nonie is our couch buddy and enjoys her time at home.
Derby is my primary performance dog. Derby has trained in herding, drafting, obedience, rally, barn hunt, weight pull, scent work and has competed in conformation to obtain his championship. He finished his RATCH in barn hunt in June, 2018, and is one leg away from finishing his scent work master title. He is also one leg away from finishing his handler discrimination master title. He also has one leg in detective. At 9 1/2 yrs old, he recently started fast cat and has decided it is a great sport. He is now working towards titles in this sport.
My foundation girl for Mischief is Tova. She arrived from Sweden after I imported her in conjunction with one of my breed mentors, Liz Hansen. I keep in frequent contact with her breeder in Sweden. I showed her by myself and earned all of her points. I knew she needed more stimulation so I started her in barn hunt and scent work. She has excelled in these sports but has taken time out a few times to have puppies. She has had two litters which you can learn about on this website.
The Green Gables kids were not my first litter though. In 2018, I reached out to another breed mentor, Mary Ann Lambert, and asked about leasing her girl, Libby. In January 2019, the Lost Boys were born with my Campbell being the father. This litter was bred under the Sketchbook name. These boys have all gone on to do great things.
I’m excited to continue to grow the Mischief line and look forward to adding you to the Mischief squad!
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In 2011 I got a mini schnauzer named Orion from Boxer/Schnauzer Rescue of the Ozarks (BSRO) and that started my obsession with all things dogs and where I happened to meet Jennifer. Orion came with a boatload of baggage and a heart full of love. Through BSRO I got the opportunity to learn about what dogs should be, for example their breed standards, what they shouldn’t be, for example parti mini schnauzers, well built, horribly built, dogs with trauma and puppies that were abandoned. I have had the opportunity to attend numerous training sessions and lectures on training and relationships with dogs and fostered countless schnauzers of all three sizes in our home. In 2014 Jennifer gathered a group of friends and asked if we wanted to start a barn hunt club because she had seen it and heard about it but there was nowhere local to do it and it was a quickly growing dog sport that seemed like great fun. I said sure – what does it take? At that point I was introduced to the world of dog sports. We are now the club that hosts the Barn Hunt National for 2020 -2026. I compete in numerous other dog sports including conformation and fast cat. I am starting to step out into other sports such as rally and hopefully dock diving and herding. I started barn hunt with my rescue minis and found that each of them either showed no interest at all or topped out at a certain point. It was frustrating and I wasn’t sure what to do about it. I was also tagging along with Jennifer to conformation shows at this point just to keep her company and this is when I started to be particularly interested in Berger Picards. I fell in love with the breed and had and bred them for several years. The two that have been in the family the longest are Peanut and Roger. Roger is the picard I currently do most of the performance work with. I am a current member of the Berger Picard Club of America and am still active in the picard community. In 2020 is when I officially started partnering with Jennie Chen of Roman Reign Löwchen and started Mischief Standard Schnauzers and Löwchen with Jennifer. I have always watched them and been a fan but it was the Oklahoma City show where we officially sat down with Jennie and talked with her and made our plans. We took Mimi and got to know her and little did I know that one day I would own her. Our story has blossomed from there.
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