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!


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!

Watch Cole & Toula in the Chevy Volt commercial

January 28, 2012

It is rumored that this commercial may possibly air during the Super Bowl.  Keep an eye out for it and watch for Cole and Toula.

Christine and Toula on WZZM, Jan. 22 eveing news

January 21, 2010

 Tune in to see Christine and Toula on WZZM, Grand Rapids, Michigan television station on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:40.  The topic will be about working in the Michigan film industry, including Toula’s work in the film and TV industry.

Animal Trainer In the press- Kalamazoo Gazette

January 8, 2010

Check out today’s article in the Kalamazoo Gazette!

Youth In Revolt in theaters tonight!

January 8, 2010

I am looking forward to seeing Youth In Revolt tonight!  I worked on the film as the an assistant dog trainer and I can’t wait to see little Oscar a/k/a Albert on the big screen.  This is certain to be a great movie, directed by Miguel Arteta and stars Michael Cera.   Expect a few good laughs!


Oscar was rescued from a shelter in LA.  He is a wonderful little dog and he seemed to enjoy the time he spent at my house last summer while filming.  Toula, Cole, Annie and Keegan welcomed him to our pack with open paws. 

Youth In Revolt on set Justin Long takes some time out to love on the puppies

Check out the film and keep an eye out for three little puppies and another little dog…  enjoy!

Toula goes to school! Elementary that is!

January 8, 2010

On Friday, January 8, 2009, Toula and I will be making a visit to the thrid grade class at Delta Center elementary school in Grand Ledge, Michigan.  Toula will be the special guest of my nephew, Ethan and I’m sure it will be a good time for all.

Toula , The NASCAR FOUNDATION, Ryan Newman: A night of success!

January 5, 2010

Christine Mahaney, Toula and Ryan Newman: The NASCAR Foundation Partners for Paws Spectacular - A Live and Silent Auction hosted by NASCAR Drivers Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman Feb 11, 2009
Christine Mahaney, Toula and Ryan Newman: The NASCAR Foundation Partners for Paws Spectacular – A Live and Silent Auction hosted by NASCAR Drivers Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman Feb 11, 2009

As the Daytona 500 approaches next month, I wanted to share a special trip that took place last year.   Toula and I were invited to perform at the The NASCAR Foundation Partners for Paws Spectacular on February 11, 2009, at Daytona Beach, Florida.  It pleasure to see so many people come out and support animals in need.  Proceeds raised from the evening will benefited the Greg Biffle Foundation, Ryan Newman Foundation and Halifax Humane Society of Daytona Beach, three organizations that support improving animal welfare.   

Toula and I met so many wonderful people including Ryan and Krissie Newman.  We share the mutual love of rescue dogs, however, they have me beat with a pack of five fabulous dogs.  They not only own rescue dogs themselves, but they are also involved in rescue. Two paws up for the Newman’s and their dedication to rescue dogs! 

Ryan Newman, Christine Mahaney, Toula & Greg Biffle 2-11-2009

Ryan Newman, Christine Mahaney, Toula & Greg Biffle 2-11-2009