“I first met Melody Daggs about 35 years ago, just after arriving in California from Illinois. I had a German shepherd at the time, and my then husband was interested in Dobermans. At the time, she had a large male Doberman, Ken, who was extensively trained, and my then husband, also Ken, was enamored, to say the least, with this wonderful Doberman.
She helped me train my shepherd from beginning obedience through utility training, and I enjoyed my wonderful Kristi for 16 years. She helped us select a Doberman, also training with Mel.
More recently, she helped me train Tyndall, a black lab, when I contracted with CCI – Canines for Independence, to be a puppy raiser. As such, I was expected to raise this beautiful puppy of 8 weeks for 12-14 months, and muster through obedience training with a certified trainer (which Mel was), and get her accustomed to people and places. Mel was wonderful in adapting her regular training to that proscribed from CCI, whether certain commands, or a slight difference in handling, as these dogs were being trained to assist others.
When the time came to return Tyndall to CCI, for additional training and assessment, and I was bereft in missing her, Mel was supportive on so many phone calls. I was able to check on Tyndall’s progress with the CCI trainers each month. While I was hoping she would be a magnificent companion/assistant dog for someone, I admit I silently hoped in a very selfish way, that she would not. That for some reason, she would be released, and I knew I would have first choice, as a raiser, to get her back.
When I received the call a very long 3 months later, that Tyndall was barking extensively, directly at one of their vets at one point, I silently laughed, because we could never teach her the ‘speak’ command. She Never barked. Even though I tried many ways. When I explained to Mel the situation, she also laughed. Tyndall came home – for barking too much.
For 8 years this special black lab was my companion, and love. She helped me through major back surgery, and life’s surprises.
Too recently, when Tyndall was eight, she took ill, and with several months of treatment, seeming better, and then not, Mel was still there, along with Michele, and most especially Liz, helping me through it with discussions of what and how, and what if… Tyndall died at home on a Monday night.
Melody, her business partner Liz, and associates, are dedicated trainers for dogs and owners, always for the well being of the dogs, being a good neighbor as a dog owner, and supportive in the process.“
~ Maureen King