Connie and Gary Fisher bring over 70 years of combined experience to their Beldachs Between the Hills Standard Longhaired Dachshunds.

 

Connie has always been privileged to have a dog in her life. Her first canine companion, which arrived six months before she was born, was "Panda" a Spitz / Chow mix. She also grew up with a Sheltie, and with an Irish Setter. In 1980 Connie acquired her first Dachshund and began training, breeding and exhibiting Standard Longhaired Dachshunds. She finished her first dogs in Obedience in 1985 and 1987, her first Conformation Champion in 1989. She has studied behavior, training techniques, health, nutrition and grooming for more than two decades including advanced classes in Solving Canine Behavior Problems at Cornell University, Healing Touch for Animals, Level I & Level II  with Carol Komitor, CMT, CHTI, CHBMT  and The Anatomy of Movement with (the late) Quentin L. Laham, Ph.D. Connie has earned numerous honors and awards and has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Metropolitan Washington Dachshund Club and is currently on the Public Relations Committee for Dachshund Club of America. She is also a licensed Field Trial judge.

 

Gary began 5 decades ago in 1958 when he started showing Cocker Spaniels and worked at Glenshaw Kennels. He showed his first Dachshund, a standard red longhaired named Cassie, in 1959. Gary also raised and exhibited Schipperkes, Miniature Schnauzers, Norwegian Elkhounds, and Pointers. He was a member of the Professional Handlers Association from 1966-1990, finishing over 100 dogs in all seven groups, and operated a successful boarding and grooming kennel for 28 years. He is also a Life Member of the Beaver County Kennel Club and the Beaver County Humane Society.  Gary was the recipient of The Gaines Medal for Good Sportsmanship. He shares that honor in the company of other distinguished dog fanciers such as Robert Sharp, Anne Clark, Jane Thibault, and Louise Esiason. He currently judges Junior Showmanship, Dachshunds and Beagles. He has served on the board and is past Vice President of the Shawnee Kennel Club.

 

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