Patti ThorpPatti Thorp

Volunteer Coordinator

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Patti Thorp is a seasoned IT consultant who has ventured into canine behavior and training. While obtaining her Master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, Patti began a career as an IT Project Manager and systems expert that has lasted for more than two decades. During this time, she has provided project and change management services for multiple private and not-for-profit organizations, managed numerous technical staff, and written for LAN Magazine. She has also donated numerous volunteer hours as a technical consultant to a variety of organizations, including several AKC conformation clubs.

Patti began dog training and behavioral consulting part-time after discovering a talent for work under-socialized and reactive dogs. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is also a member of the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the Delaware Valley Toy Dog Fanciers Association, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Delaware Valley, the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America, and the Diamond State German Shorthaired Pointer Association.

Patti lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania with her daughters, several dogs, and a budgie.

Samantha MewbourneSamantha Mewbourne

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Samantha has been working in the veterinary industry since 2003. She is a member of the APDT and the CT State Representative for the SVBT, and is a certified C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator as well as an American Kennel Club authorized Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Her passion in the veterinary industry is animal behavior and training, and she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA).  She currently works at Bolton Veterinary Hospital in Bolton, Connecticut.

Samantha is currently working on a B.S. in Neuroscience-Behavior at Trinity College (Hartford, CT). In her spare time she volunteers maintaining several websites in addition to climbing, camping, kayaking, traveling and reading.

Samantha with her Shetland Sheepdogs, Rock Island Renegade CGC (Renny) and Dvot'd Free Spirit (Lucy), are Registered Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) Teams and volunteer a couple of hours each week working with children ages 3-7 as a part of this program. She also shares her home with her fiancé, one cat (Linus), and a third Sheltie, Rock Island Tangerine Dream (Tanya).


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