We had the good fortune of connecting with Tricia S and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tricia, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success as a breeder of Shiba Inu’s and Siberian Huskies is how they are raised and keeping my numbers manageable. So many breeders of dogs kennel raise their pups and the adults are also in a Kennel most of the time. What makes me stand out is the fact all my dogs live fulltime in our home and our CO Breeders home. Not one dog spends their life in a Kennel. Also, the fact I make sure to give my clients the time of day no matter what for the life of their dog. I am also a Vet Tech so I am able to help them, advise them on everyday life and health of their dogs.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a passionate dog breeder of Shiba Inu’s and Siberian Huskies in Oregon. I am also a Mentor to a Doberman breeder and French Bulldog breeder in Salem Oregon. I am a different kind of dog breeder meaning all my dogs are fulltime family members. I believe man’s best friend should never be kenneled or raised in a kennel. They need to live with the family and be part of the family. If a dog is kept in a kennel for a lot of hours per day they are deprived of human interaction and can never be expected to be fully socialized. They pine for their humans and lack of companionship leads to behavior issues in any dog and boredom. So many people do not understand dogs are not designed to be isolated from their pack, but to live with their pack. They work as a pack they are not an animal who wants or craves solitude and isolation for long periods of time. It is harmful in fact to the well being of man’s best friend. I work to educate people on dogs, how they think, and how to make them fulltime family. Being a Vet Tech I have a wealth of knowledge I have gained over the years in both behavior, health, and breeding of dogs. I have a fair amount of knowledge of genetics and how health and different traits are passed on this also helps my breeding program.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being currently in Eugene I would have to say the 5th Street market has a wonderful vibe and really gives you a feel of what Eugene is about. I love to fly fish so I would also have to say the Willamette River and the Mackenzie River would be some good fishing and relaxing places to be. I am a foodie so I would say Pure down on 5th street for the best Sushi in town. If you like Malls Valley River is the one also nestled up to Alton Baker Park for some good Disk Golf, I recommend Alton Baker Park. It isn’t quite nestled up to valley River. Autzen Stadium is the home of Where our Ducks get busy, and worth a look.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I Feel I owe a lot of my success and drive to an old dog trainer in Eugene Oregon. Healing Free. His take on dogs and methods inspired me and I took his class many times and a young adult and youth. I also a lot of my values and how I am with dogs to an old Vetranarian who is now since passed Hank Anderson in Junction City Oregon. He always had a lot of faith in me and my knowledge of dogs. He thought a lot of me and I looked up to him as a Vet and took his knowledge and applied it to daily life.