Amy Martin-Crowel

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By … narrowing our choices to include a soft coated terrier. I just happened to mention this to one of my fellow colleagues at school who also had a terrier. She gave me a breeders’ list published by the MCSCWTC. We contacted a few of the breeders on the list before we came upon Denise Daniel of Star Wheatens. She had a male who was 12 weeks old that still needed to be placed. We went to take a look at him and feel in love with his gregarious nature and boundless energy. Webster came home with us a week later. We thought we should call him Webster since he was going to be smart and know a lot of words like the dictionary. That was in March of 2001. We were eager to train Webster to be the smartest dog ever. We have spent endless hours expanding his repertoire of skills. He hasn’t known a time in his life where there wasn’t “school” for him to attend. He delights in each new task we propose to him. At that time, he also got his first taste of therapy dog visits through the MCSCWTC Care and Share. It is hard to remember a time before Webster, and why I didn’t want a dog sooner.

Our family has grown since that time. We added a sister, Winnie, to his world in January of 2003. We thought that he needed someone to keep him company when we weren’t at home spending time with him. Too bad Webster ignored her for the first two weeks she came to live with us. Having a little sister to share the attention with was not quite what he had planned. His attitude to her came around soon after and they can barely stand to be apart at this point. During 2003, we started training Webster and Winnie in agility and therapy dog work. Both became certified therapy dogs in 2004 and started going on visits with Paws with a Heart therapy dog group. During 2005, we started entering agility competitions with both of them. They have each earned novice and open agility titles during 2005. Webster has also begun training for the obedience ring in 2006. There lives and loves were also changed in 2005 with the addition of their new sister Willow. Willow is the stereotypical youngest sibling who is fun loving and demands all of the attention. She has definitely made her presence known in our household. As her grandma Denise says “She is perfect.” We look forward to her future in agility and therapy dog work. Luckily for us, they all get along famously. They are our three little musketeers and life without them could not be imagined.

I look forward to my time of service on the board of the MCSCWTC.

Amy Martin-Crowel