As a child, my passion for dogs was ignited by my unique family situation; both of my parents were deaf. At just nine years old, I decided to train our family dog using sign language, which ultimately allowed my parents to communicate with our furry companion. This early success inspired me to continue training dogs for deaf individuals.
By the age of eleven, I was visiting deaf and blind schools in South Carolina and North Carolina, attending their football games, and showcasing the dogs I had bred and trained specifically for the deaf community. This experience fueled my desire to expand my training abilities and find ways to help blind individuals as well.
As the years went on, my love for dogs and training only grew stronger. Then, a decade later, I discovered bullies being bred for hog hunting in the southern United States. Intrigued, I purchased one as a pet, but quickly realized that my love for training could not be contained. I soon began preparing my new pet for dog shows, traveling across the country and placing second at a National Dog Show in Dallas, Texas.
Meeting various breeders at these shows, I learned that the bully breed was a man-made creation. This realization inspired me to embark on a new journey: developing my own bloodline. Today, I am proud to say that I am the founder of Southeast Bully Kennels and have successfully created the Block Bloodline, now eight generations strong.
My story is a testament to the power of passion and the impact that one person can have on the lives of both animals and humans. I am grateful for the experiences and opportunities that have shaped my life, and I look forward to continuing my work with these incredible animals.