Hi there! My name is Lynne Wickens and I've been showing dogs since 1966. My first furry companion was JohnJohn, a wired-haired fox terrier. I started showing him when I was only 11 years old and learned how to hand-strip a wire fox. To my delight, I was able to show him to a Championship in just 6 months. I even became the number one Junior handler for my age group that year, despite only competing for 6 months.
After losing JohnJohn, I had another wire fox and then a rescue Miniature Schnauzer named Mitzy. I trained Mitzy in obedience, but sadly she passed away before we could earn her title. I then had a cocker spaniel named Boo who received his CD. After Boo got his title, I only showed on and off for a few years.
However, I became serious about showing again in 2004 when I got my first Westie, MacGregor. Later, O'Riley became my heart dog and my number one agility partner. He qualified for Nationals every year he competed in agility and was the number one Westies for 6 years at the regular level and 2 years at the preferred level. O'Riley obtained over 150 titles in obedience, rally, and agility. Nowadays, I have a little girl that we bred named Celtic Rose. She's been the number one Westie for two years and has already qualified for nationals twice.
I have also taken other pups to the Master Level in agility, including Bitz Of Morning Mayhem, Mayhem's Finvarra, and Caymen Bluff's Destinys Charm. Currently, I'm training three other Westies in agility and rally: Merlin, Annie, and Torri.
I enjoy training all levels of agility, obedience, and rally. I've taken seminars and private lessons from Susan Crank, Loretta Muller, Judy Kolva, Pat Holeran, and recently Marco Giavoni from the USA European Team. Additionally, I've been training dogs in agility, rally, obedience, TDI testing, and beginning training for assistance dogs at various locations for 3 years. I'm looking forward to training here at Canine Affair.