Human Pack Leaders
Jonathan grew up in a small town in Southeastern Iowa, with an unbroken stream of family dogs from Great Pyrenees, Lhasa Apso’s, Shepherd mixes, Terriers and Labradoodles. After visiting his sister (founder of Oregon Tails) in 2009, with a backpack and $75 to his name, he made Oregon his home. In 2010, he took ownership of Oregon Tails and adopted Juno (a Pit-Bull/Heeler mix), our first Pack member. Though Juno's behavior and energy were challenging, he is now a lighthouse of our philosophy; exuding calmness, collectedness, presence, clarity, peace and courtesy to all Beings.
Outside of working with dogs or his life-long practice of meditating, he's continuously developing his handling and riding skills with Merlin, his once-wild mustang.
An Oregon native, Cole has lived the majority of her life with dogs. Her first experience training dogs was when she raised and trained four Labrador Retrievers for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Organization. In the fall of 2012, she joined with Oregon Tails to continue her work with dogs. Cole believe that she has and will always continue to learn; and this has been one of many things that has inspired her to continue work at Oregon Tails. There is so much room to learn, grow and enjoy.
Cole has her bachelors degree in art history and is also a certified yoga instructor. Her current K9 companion is Stitch, a deaf Blue Heeler she rescued in 2015. Stitch has opened her eyes to new ways of communication. “He is the highlight of my days.”
Chris was raised by a pack of seventeen grey wolves in the foothills of the Sierras in California. We're unsure how he made it all the way to Oregon, and why he split from his pack, but we're glad he did. Never before has the world witnessed his striking ability to wrangle even the most in-tact and energetic of dogs.
Raised between Oregon's forested coasts and Kansas plains, dogs have always guided Kate in pursuit of a playful and purposeful life. After studying Environmental Journalism, she moved to Costa Rica and met Rafi, a shy and stray Shepherd/Rottweiler who became her dearest companion. One year later, she relocated to guide rivers and teach outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, she adopted Rontu, a Shepherd/Lab mix. Rontu has continued to be her greatest teacher, friend, and mirror.
Kate found Oregon Tails in 2018 and is filled with joy and gratitude for the opportunity to learn, grow, and play alongside her skilled human and dog Pack members each day.
Dog Pack Leaders
These dogs are the companions of our human Pack Leaders. Our goal for these dogs is to lead by example and exhibit the philosophy and character of our mission at Oregon Tails.
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