Karen has had Beardies since 1994, and has owned seven in that time. Professionally she has been a clinical psychologist since 1975, and until her retirement in 2013 she was in private practice with her Beardies rotating in the practice as therapy dogs. She has bred four litters with CERF, OFA hip and thyroid health screening done. Karen has participated in conformation, obedience, and agility and has obtained awards in all those areas. She was one of the founding members of the Carolina's Bearded Collie Club, and just before she moved to Texas the club awarded her an honorary lifetime membership for her work with that club. Karen's expertise is in training and behavioral issues.