I’ve been in touch with dogs since the day I was born. Several different breeds passed on my way when I was young… Later when I decided to live on my own it didn’t took long before I bought my first dog. As I was living on an flat I preferred to take a little dog as a companion. I fell in love with a white & black Shih Tzu. A great bitch, she almost became 19 years old…
Two years later I moved to my own house and took a bigger dog. One that I could do a lot of dog disciplines with…my first Bearded Collie came in my life. It was a brown & white bitch. She was “an all-rounder”. I did obedience, show, agility and flyball with her.
A little bit later I became instructor in all these disciplines. Bearded Collies are like “viruses”, when you’ve got one, you love to have more… so in total I had four of them. Later on I decided to take also a Border Collie. Through the years I became more and more passionate by showing my dogs. They all have several Champion Titles in many countries. As I was bitten by the “show bug” my dream to become also a judge wasn’t so far away.
In 2011 I became an official F.C.I. judge and started of course with the Bearded Collie, followed by the Border Collie. In the meantime I’m allowed to judge some breeds in group 1, 3, 9 & 10. I stopped showing my dogs when I became a judge.
Of course I enjoy club life and currently I’m a member of several clubs: K.M.S.H. (Belgian Kennel Club), Belgian Border Collie Club, Club für Britische Hütehunde Germany, Dutch Bearded Collie Club, Belgian Royal Terrier Club, Australian Shepherd Club Belgium, Haspengouwse Kynologen Vereniging…
Last but not least I’m also Secretary of the Scientific Committee V.d.A..
I’m extremely proud with what I have achieved so far, grateful for the opportunities that I had to judge already at many shows in Belgium and abroad and I look forward to develop myself as a judge in order to serve all these beloved breeds even more and better in the near future…