Joanne was born in Burnaby, BC but has lived in Prince George for most of her life. Her mother, Joan, was a reputable, successful S.S. Dachshund breeder for 30+ years and Joanne was very involved with showing her mom’s dogs. Eventually, Joanne had her own dogs and had both conformation/obedience trial champions. Her father, Glen, took-in many ‘sad story’ horses, but his passion was his prize Morgan horses.
Joanne’s parents leased Norwolf Kennels from 1978 to 1982 and Joanne’s love-affair with the kennel began! Then, it was off to the North American Guard Dog Academy in the lower mainland for a 6-month course. She graduated with obedience and guard dog certification, placing #2 in obedience and #1 in guard. She returned to PG, training dogs and teaching obedience classes both privately and for the Northern Interior Kennel Club.
When Norwolf Kennels went up for sale in 1985, Joanne’s dream came true! Joanne is dedicated to her business and has over 35 years of experience and expertise in the pet boarding profession. For many years, Joanne enjoyed her beloved Dachshunds, Shepherds and long-living, 31-year-old Leopard Appaloosa horse; more recently, the gang has grown to an assortment of dogs needing a home.