Kat discovered that her “incredibly rare wolf dog mix” wasn’t very rare at all when she got her first PC. In 1998, she discovered Gudrun’s List, and a lifelong love affair with wolfdogs and education began in earnest. As a result of being a part of Gudrun’s List, Kat became involved in the wolfdog rescue community. She also became an advocate for wolfdog education in San Diego County, and started working with the Assist DA to help evaluate, transport and place misrepresented wolfdogs in appropriate homes so they did not need to be euthanized. The Assist DA was a HUGE animal advocate and thanks to his advocacy, many animals owned by drug dealers and other nefarious persons were rescued and sent to appropriate homes and rescues.
Kat has been a very vocal supporter of Wolfdog Rescues, and has done online auctions and fund raising as well as networking for homes, transporting animals, doing Home checks, and generally trying not to make a nuisance of herself while helping the animals we all love so much. She has assisted with website design as a way to contribute. In 2002 Kat became heavily involved in legislation via the Introduction of the Shambala Bill or The Captive Wildlife Safety Act which originally included all wolfdogs. Although the bill was passed by GW Bush in 2003, thanks to tireless effort of responsible private owners of wolfdogs it did not include our *breed* of choice. This experience taught Kat the importance of standing up and speaking out, even if your voice is shaking.
From that time onwards, Kat has spoken at two Phoenix Exotics Conventions, in 2004 in Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel for the first “Solutions” series of talks and discussions and in 2005 for the second year of “Solutions” Meeting in Bonnie Springs in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. She has also presented in front of California, Washington and Oregon Legislators to fight against both Exotic and Breed Bans. Kat has always felt that we have more in common with exotic owners and with maligned dog breed owners than we realize.
Kat has been on the Board of Directors of the National Wolfdog Alliance and the co-editor of the Newsletter for that Organization and of the NationalLupine Association, where she also serves as co-editor for the newsletter.
Kat’s Family had a home-based AKC sporting group Kennel, called Trivara Kennels which started in 1963. They specialized in Irish Setters, Gordon Setters and English Springer Spaniels, but they also had Afghan sight hounds. She had a knack with handling the dogs in the ring, and took several to points. During those early Kennel days, the Vet’s office allowed her to help in the exam rooms, and the Vet taught her how to administer vaccines, tube a bloating dog, set a broken leg and wing, apply Sub-Q IVs, and minor stitches. The stitches still give her a little trouble.
Kat was one of those kinds of kids who brought home all the broken, abandoned, captured, found, rescued animals she came across. She was also the kid who every OTHER kid gave THEIR little rescued critters to, to *fix* The Family Vet taught her a great deal, and if her math had been better, she would have been a Vet herself.
Kat’s introduction to the wild wacky world of wolfdogs was a complete set up. She had lost her GSD companion Banzai, at 8 years of age, and had decided she would never own another dog again. A friend happened to be at a Samoyed kennel while they were drowning a litter of 25% pups out of their Champion Sammy bitch, whose dalliance with the neighbor’s Collie-Wolf mix was unappreciated. Her friend begged for the life of the last little white puppy. Kat knew nothing about this conspiracy until this friend asked for a ride to ”visit a friend” at which point they opened the door to a trailer and this little ball of white tornado waddled as fast as she could, climbed up Kat’s pants leg and wrapped her little arms around her neck shivering. From that moment onwards, Kat was doomed. So remember, be careful what you wish for.