Shari was born a die hard animal lover. Growing up in her home, there was always a variety of animals, including at least one dog, hamsters, turtles, lizards and birds. Shari attributes her love of animals to her dad, who instilled in Shari the value of treating all living creatures with kindness and respect. It was this unspoken set of values her father impressed upon her that Shari carries with her today.
One of the first things Shari did when she moved out on her own was get a dog. A big dog, a Doberman. And then another. Over the next several years, Shari had, at different times, 4 Dobermans and 3 Rottweilers.
When Shari turned 41, being drawn to the large, working class breeds, she finally got her first shepherd. She read everything she could get her hands on about the breed. She was blown away by how smart, trusting and loyal they are. Shari couldn’t get enough.
She began volunteering for a German Shepherd rescue transporting these dogs from the shelter to the rescue. The rest, as they say, is history. For 20 years, Shari has been involved in helping this most amazing breed of dogs. From rescue, to training, to educating the public about the working class dog, you could say that Shari has done it all.
Shari's found that some of her favorite things about working with the GSD breed in rescue is learning about their temperament and earning their trust. While volunteering she found getting to know their personalities and pairing them with the perfect family is truly one of the most rewarding parts of the work.
Shari currently shares her home with 12 yr old Ranger, who was rescued from the high kill shelter at the age of two years old. Ranger had been in four previous homes before he finally found his real forever home with Shari and her family. The resident cats, Tulip and Cosmo couldn't love Ranger any more than they do, rubbing all over him and sharing his crate during nap time.