Humane Society of West MI Kids Camp

August 31, 2015

Another great day at The Kids Camp, Humane Society of West Michigan!  Team WHATADOG enjoyed showing the kids what a rescue dog is capable of learning and achieving.  Cole and Toula got to show the kids many if their movie dog acting skills while some of the kids even got to work with each dog.Toula and Kids CampCole and Kids Camp

New trick in Kelta’s repertoire!

August 28, 2013

Ketla continues to learn new behaviors as she begins her life as a movie actor and of course my companion and best friend.  Here is a quick video that shows her mastering the “Cover”.  She learned this in about 20 minutes!





Back to School means getting your dogs on board with training!

August 23, 2013

It’s that time of year, let the learning begin for you and your dog.  Did you know that it is never too late to train an unwanted behavior out of your dog?  Whether it is pulling on a leash or simply jumping up on your guest, with our private dog training we can resolve that issue and you will have a well behaved dog by the holidays.  Think of it as a gift that you give your family.  If you are interested in scheduling a private in-home dog training session drop Christine a line at  It’s time to Unleash Your Dog’s Intelligence!


From shelter dog to movie dog in training!

February 16, 2013

They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or shall I say man’s best friend!  Meet Kelta, the new member of Team WHATADOG.  At 7 months old, Kelta was dumped at a shelter in Ohio during the night, the next morning she was found by shelter staff.  Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue took her into rescue and I adopted her after she had been in a foster home (this is the same rescue I adopted Cole from).

Meet Kelta, WHATADOG's new pack member

Meet Kelta, WHATADOG’s new pack member

Finding the attributes and temperament I was looking for in a dog, knowing that this dog will be a movie actor and will be a daily part of my private dog training business, was not something that I rushed into. Finding a dog that fits with your lifestyle is something I preach, and this certainly was no different even though I train dogs for a living.   After looking for nearly a year for my “next” dog, and oh boy I looked at many, Kelta was exactly what I wanted!  I knew what I was looking for:  I wanted a young dog that had lots of energy (yep, this is something most people don’t want!), loved people and had a very fast recovery with distractions.

Kelta’s not perfect, not yet, nor did she come trained, but right now we are concentrating on focus work, tons of socialization with both humans and K9s, and basic obedience with texture work

Another thing that was so important to me was that Kelta be able to learn from my dogs Annie, Toula and Cole.  And the K9 pack learning has been awesome thus far just as I assumed it would be.  So the training and bonding begin for a life of a movie dog, and yes, you will see Kelta on the big screen just like Toula and Cole. Kelta will also be a participating in WHATADOG private dog training with clients.

My biggest concentration is building a bond with Kelta, that is what owning a dog is all about, the bottom line is that she is my pet first and foremost, an assistant with my business and movie actor are only pluses that she will come to know over the years.  It is WHATADOG’s mission to educate and show the public that rescue dog’s are capable of becoming very, very special dogs!


Flowers for Fido! Make today sweet for a rescue dog!

February 14, 2013

Flowers for Fido!  Make today sweet for a rescue dog!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In lieu of buying flowers for your loved one today, please consider donating to a rescue group. Your donation will help a dog and can truly make a difference!

Vacationing with my dogs!

May 12, 2012


Our trip down to North Carolina went great,  thanks to having well traveled dogs and finding great pet friendly hotels.   Travelodge is one of the most pet friendly places I’ve ever stayed.  If you love dogs this is the hotel for you!  As I walked down the hall yesterday I could hear a variety of barks coming from nearly every room.  It was not obnoxious barking, just the kind of barking it makes you smile and think I’m home.  As I walked past the doors I wondered what breed and size of dog  was behind the door.  It made me realize that I am not the only 1 out there that loves travel with my dogs and specifically plans my vacation around ” my dog family.”
After a wonderful night’s rest we headed to the beach, it doesn’t get much better than the Outer Banks in North Carolina where dogs are welcomed on the beach which pretty much makes it the most wonderful place in United States!

Safe travels for your dog

April 19, 2012

I take my dogs on vacation with me and there are plenty of things I do to ensure their safety: harness seatbelt, fresh water, potty stops, comfy bedding and I even have laminated photos of the dogs that includes their microchip numbers, vet info and emergency contact information that is rubber-banded to my drivers license in the event I have an accident.
Apparently, not all dog owners take the safety of their K9 companions  into account while traveling, but ensuring that your dog is safe should be a priority,  and a basic responsibility of owning a dog, something the Romney family lacks.
“Romney Dog Seamus Actually Loved Trips Atop Car, Says Ann Romney!

Toula entertains Tree of Life School kids

April 12, 2012


Toula enjoyed an afternoon of entertaining the children at Tree of Life School in Kalamazoo MI.
Every child had the opportunity to personally meet Toula and some even got to work with Toula.
It was a great day and the kids did an awesome job!

Vacation for your dog? Camp WHATADOG!

April 4, 2012


When you go on vacation does your dog go too?  We all love the idea of taking our dog with us on vacation but sometimes the circumstances simply don’t allow.  So then what?  
Like most dog owners, Buddy’s owners wanted him to have a fun time while they were away on vacation.  So they called and asked me if he could come to Camp WHATADOG. 
Spending time with my pack,  playing in the lake and having a family dog setting is exactly the thing that gave them peace of mind while they vacationed.
Thanks to my WHATADOG pack every dog has a pal to play with at camp.
Camp WHATADOG is an elite vacation for dogs that want to have fun and go home tired!!!

It’s not just a sign…

March 27, 2012


I had to share this sign, it says it all!  I often get referred to as that “Dog Lady” when meeting new people or even better when someone introduces me,  and my typical response is “why yes I am! ”
I’ve alway acknowledged that there are far worse things to be called and at last this sign says it all!  Now if I could only find out where I could purchase the sign!