Staff

Cassandra

Owner

Teri

Co-Owner

Teri has been involved in training and showing since 1991. In that time, she has titled several dogs in AKC,UKC,CKC,ASCA. In the past 8 years, she has campaigned her Belgian Malinois “Tory” BOWISS,BOVISS, U-CDX,OTCH CH Crossroads Trew Legend, UDX2,OM1,VER obtaining both breed and obedience championships. This team has achieved over 35 HIT’s(High In Trial) including HC (High Combined). They have ranked #1 Novice Belgian Malinois, #1 Open Beligian Malinois and #1 Utility Belgian Malinois in the USA! Teri and Tory have been invited to the Eukanuba National Obedience Invitational the past 3 years in a row ranking #1 and #2 Belgian Malinois in the country! Teri has attended many workshops, seminars and worked with some of the top known trainers in the USA. Teri is also a Certified K9 Massage Therapist.

Karen

Administrative Assistant

Kathy

Pet Obedience

Dogs have ALWAYS been the center of Kathy’s world. Helping you and your dog communicate with each other is her passion. She has a special ability to help you understand your dog’s behavior and to help you effectively train your dog.

Kathy has been professionally dog training since 1996 and has been working with the K-9 Connection since 2000 teaching our Puppy Manners, Basic Obedience, and Level II classes. She is also a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Besides teaching classes, Kathy also competes with her Labrador Retrievers in AKC Obedience, AKC Rally and NADAC Agility.

Anna

Pet Obedience

Anna has been an animal lover her entire life, but it wasn’t until she adopted her rescue dog,
Jocko that she found her true calling.  Jocko literally forged her path into the world of dog
training.  They have been training together under the direction of Kathy at the K9
Connection for the last three years, and have earned the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen title.  Anna
has experienced and learned from both the joys and the struggles of dog training, and is
committed to helping others navigate those challenges so they can live the best possible life
with their animal companions.  She is also an active volunteer with the RISPCA and is certified in
Canine and Feline CPR.

Cris

Agility/CGC/Rally

Cris has been with the K9 since 2006 and teaches our Agility , CGC, and Rally Obedience Class. Loved by Rottweilers since 2000, she has volunteered for the NE Rottweiler Rescue as a volunteer coordinator in RI. Her oldest dog – URO2 UCD UCH Deerwood’s Larson Bravo Zulu UD GN RAE NJP NAP NFP OCC OJC TG-E EAC O-WV-E S-TN-E APDT RL2 AOE-L1, L2 HIC TT CGC TDI (aka Lars) has been actively showing in competitive obedience and working on his AKC UDX (Utility Dog Excellent) and OM (Obedience Master) titles and has worked in the past as the Warwick Public Library’s Tail Waggin’ Tudor through TDI. Lars an all breed obedience High in Trial winner and has earned several spots of the American Rottweiler Club’s and the Colonial Rottweiler Club’ Top Ten lists for Obedience, Rally and Agility!

Cris’ younger dog – Deerwood’s Oh Stars on the Water! RE AJP OAP XFP TKI PJM PGM PKM APD APS SPR NJC TN-O APDT RL1 AOE- L1 HIC CGC  AKC Achiever Dog (aka Ocean), his performance forte is dog agility and he has been competing in AKC and USDAA agility. While Ocean is learning all about competitive obedience, he is also actively competing in three venues of Rally Obedience. Like Lars, Ocean has earned spots on the American Rottweiler Club and Colonial Rottweiler Club’s Top 10 lists for agility and rally and invitations to the AKC Rally National Championships.

  • 2013, 2015 American Rottweiler Club Top Ten Agility
  • 2013 Front & Finish Rally Advanced A #3 Working Group and #1 Rottweiler
  • 2015 American Rottweiler Club Top Ten Rally Excellent
  • 2015 American Rottweiler Club Top Ten Rally Advanced

Keep an eye open for this Kidd-O because he is well on his way of becoming a working dog force to be reckoned with like his “big brother,” Lars.

Diane

Agility

Diane started agility back in 1995, with this dog, Aylmere Afterglow, “Kindle” AX, AXJ, CD, Ad, OJC OAC, NGC  at the FIRST agility trial at the Shetland Sheepdog National.

First dog she trained in agility  was 7- USDAA Titles , participated in NADAC nationals,  AKC Nationals  and at 10 she taught me everything.

The main dogs I have competed with, CH Aylmere Puzzle Piece, “Trista”  OA, OAJ MACH 2  Aylmere Colorforms,  “Tika”  MXS, MJB, MAD CH, BISS, Bare Cove Back in a Jiffy,  “Jiffy” AX, MXJ,  NAP,  NJP.

Currently competing: Bare Cover Above and Beyond,  Maven” MX, MJG, XF (with Lynda Hamilton) Bare Cove Hooked on Jiffy,   “Hook” AX, MXJ, NAP, NJP, top 20% AKC Nationals

Diane has bred and co-owned many more dogs, and taught agility at many facilities  over the years.  She loves to help teams come together and truly enjoy this sport!

Katie

Fun Agility for Pets

Katie has been an animal lover her whole life, starting with horses and then adding dogs. She has been at the K9 Connection since 2016 when she started learning Rally Obedience with her rescue dog Riley. Katie and Riley now currently compete in USDAA agility. Riley has currently completed her CGC, RN, RA, TKN, and PD titles and hopes to be adding a few more titles in the upcoming years. In 2018 Katie adopted a second rescue dog Layla. Through this process, Katie has become a volunteer with Operation Pawsibility Project helping to find rescue dogs homes. Layla is currently training in agility at the K9C and has completed her CGC. We will have to wait to see where her path leads her! Katie is excited for the chance to be working with dogs and their owners on building a bond all while having a good time!

Dodi

Therapy Dog Class

Dodi has been working with her dogs for over 40 years in conformation, obedience, pet therapy, rally and recently agility. While living in Texas, she was a member of a dog training club pursuing obedience titles with her golden retrievers and siberian husky. A group of club members were interested in doing visitations to local nursing homes. Watching the joy the dogs brought from interactions with the residents was very rewarding. Dodi has been doing pet therapy visits ever since. She is approved to do evaluations for AKC CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Star Puppy and Trick Dog titles. Dodi is also approved by the Golden Retriever Club of America to perform Certification of Conformation Assessments.

AKC titles: 5 CDX dogs, 10 CD dogs, 14 championships, and 3 Rally excellent dogs

UKC titles: 18 championships, 15 grand championships & 3 R03 rally Canadian titles: 8 championships, 3 CD Certified Therapy Dogs: 3 dogs actively certified with Pet Partners

Lorena

Breed Handling

Lorena has been involved with dogs all her life.  She started with breed and obedience with her mother. Since then she has titled dogs in AKC/UKC breed rings as well as Obedience and Rally.  She started breeding Springers in 2006, producing dogs with titles in breed, obedience, Rally, Agility and Nosework.

In 2012, her heart dog was born, Josey (GCH Speedway’s American Outlaw CD RAE)was our 1st Bred By CH, GCH finished strictly from the bred by class.  He qualified for the Rally Nationals four years in a row.

In 2017 Josey produced our current star, CH Fairmount N Speedway’s I Shot The Sheriff, our pick puppy hasn’t disappointed us, he finished quickly at 17 months old owner handled only shown a handful of times.

She has enjoyed showing and titling many sporting dogs for my close friends.   It’s always an adventure with them!

Karen

Competition Obedience

Karen Mancini, the former owner of the K-9 Connection, has been sharing her life with giant schnauzers since 1989. Breeding, training and showing Giants has been her passion. Her Giants have been nationally ranked, multiple BIS and HIT dogs. GCH Kenro’s Keeping Time,Tempo, won the breed at Westminster in 2006 and 2008 and was the #1 Conformation Giant Schauzer. Her son, G CHKenro’s Stealing Time CDX CA OAP OJP, Reo, went on to a Grand Champion and HIT at the National Specialty in 2014. CH Kenro’s Man of the Hour UDX, BN was the #1 Obedience Giant Schnauzer nationally for multiple years. They were invited and competed at the Eukanuba Obedience Invitational in 2006 and 2007. Her GS Rave earned her UD and her CH Border Collie, Switch, was a UD and agility dog, as well as both being the loves of her life. Deciding to downsize, Karen is now competing with her Affenpinscher, Bug-Z, who, so far, has his breed championship and AXP and AXJ and is training for obedience. Karen enjoys training and building relationships with her dogs and working with others to do the same.