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I have over 45 years experience caring for pets, beginning as a teenager caring for neighbors' animals while they were on vacation, and working as a vet tech in an emergency animal clinic throughout high school and university. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas Tech University, where I majored in Pre-veterinary Medicine, with emphasis in animal nutrition, genetics and comparative anatomy & physiology. I pursued post graduate study in reproductive physiology and chemical engineering.

I have been a Registered Sanitarian since 1987, and have held twelve other certifications in public health and in employee safety and health. A Registered Sanitarian is an expert in the prevention of the transmission of communicable diseases from the environment to man, with or without insect or animal vectors. My professional work history includes conducting medical research at the Texas Tech Medical School, Chemist for the City of Lubbock water department, Sanitarian for Texas Department of Health, and as an Industrial Hygienist at the US Department of Labor - OSHA.

After retirement from government service, I spent ten years at a 35 run boarding kennel, the last five years as it's manager, where I learned the business from the bottom up.

In my spare time, I have raised, trained and shown AKC registered Siberian Huskies since 1981, and AKC Finnish Spitz since 2000. During ths time, I have had the pleasure of owning and breeding some of the top dogs in my breeds and I currently own the top winning Finnish Spitz in AKC breed history. I have been a dog handler on an all Siberian Husky team of dogs at the 2001 Iditarod and I have judged at the 2007 Siberian Husky Italian national breed club specialty in Foligno, Italy.
I have conducted Junior handling classes and mentored youngsters who have been finalists at Westminster and the Eukanuba championship shows. I have taught young people who have been the top junior handlers of French Bulldogs, Siberian Huskies, Boxers, and Beagles. I have taught many adults who have achieved great success in their breeds as well.

My first student was my daughter, Holly Leftwich, who went on to become a top all breed handler, and the owner of Hollywood Handling. This kennel is named Hollywood, after her nickname, which I first gave her in an advertisement for our first top winning Siberian Husky, Indy.

Thank you for visiting our Web site and hope you come to visit our facility and decide to give us a try!

Michelle Badger
BadgerDen Kennel

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