We had the good fortune of connecting with Tricia Schmorde and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tricia, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is the way I raise my Shiba Inu and Siberians inside my home. All of my dogs are full-time family members I am not a kennel, nor do I believe in Kennels. Mans best friend needs to be housed with us. All of my dogs are with us full-time in our home or RV when traveling. We keep our program small and focused. I raise the Shiba Inu’s and my daughter and my CO breeder raise the Siberian Huskies. All our puppies receive socialization being raised inside the home as well as neurostimulation which produces 30% more brain cells and a better immune system for the life of the dog. MY dogs are my life, my hobby, and my passion. Being a Vet Tech by trade and my years of experience and studies sets me apart from your average breeder.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What really sets me apart from other breeders is that I am focused, small and my dogs are family and I am a Vet Tech by trade with many years of study and experience as well as this is something I am always continuing. I am not a Kennel I am a hobbyist breeding and raising what I am truly passionate about. With dogs living as family members, they are happier and healthier. The puppies thrive in a social environment. Shiba Inus tend to be a breed that is less social than other breeds by nature so it is very important the breeders focus on temperament and raising the pups with a lot of human contact and stimulation. This makes for an adjusted puppy who is confident when they head home to their forever families. I am also a Vet Tech by trade so I have a wealth of knowledge this also helps me be successful in what I do. I also keep in close contact with those who have my puppies with a lifetime of breeder support.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Yuma AZ I would start with the Castle dome museum and mining town. This town has so much historical info and artifacts still present today. Where there were over 300 mines of mostly silver mixed with lead and housed more than the population of Yuma in the 1900s. This is an absolute must-see. I would also plan a hike to the B-17G Flying Fortress crash site of 42-97619 that crashed on June 28, 1944, Located at Telegraph Pass in Yuma AZ. There are many remnants of the crash to be seen today as well as information and a memorial. I would plan to eat at the Mexican Restaurant Cheritins where they hand-make Glocomole in front of you with fantastic authentic Mexican food and great drinks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank Hank Anderson who was a wonderful Veterinarian in Junction City Oregon. He mentored me and taught me much over the years about breeding and raising dogs and the health of dogs.
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