About Us

About Beverley & The Pit Stop/Canine Academy

I am passionate about animals and have been since childhood. When I was growing up it was unusual to see me without some sort of critter. I always had one or more: hedgehogs, chameleons, birds, a meerkat, cats, snakes, tortoises, fish, a mongoose, a leopard, dogs, a monkey, hamsters, rabbits, chickens, pidgeons…need I go on. From the list of critters, I should point out that I was born in Kampala, Uganda and raised in Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Namibia, South Africa and the United States. I also lived in Merida, Mexico and on Ambergris Caye, Belize. It was on Ambergris Caye, Belize that I spearheaded bringing in spay and neuter veterinary teams, from the States, to help with the overpopulation of dogs and cats on the island.

I currently live in Northern California with my husband Mitch – he is a firefighter and I am a dog worker – specifically canine aggression rehabilitation and behavior modification. I volunteer at the Sammie’s Friends/Nevada County Animal Shelter in the mornings. In the afternoons, I work with private clients.

My staff and their Director Mitchell

My shelter mornings are dedicated to assessing the new dogs and working with those that need my help. My trusty staff consists of Jack, Duke & Taz & (Smokey-R.I.P.), Ziggy, Misha, Rowdy, Kali & Umi. The gentleman (in the photo) is my husband Mitchell and my staff director. The shelter dogs generally need some fine tuning and I and my staff are extremely adept at meeting out calm energy, stability and manners – in a gentle way.  My mornings are blessed with those that must change for adoption and my afternoons with those that already have a home, loving owners and just need a little fine tuning (most of the time).

This is the old barn, which is where the new facility is going up.

We are currently in the throes of completing a long-term canine rehabilitation facility on our ranch in Northern California. The facility will start with 10 kennels  (with expansion capability). It will be a fully contained, temperature controlled facility with office, bathroom, laundry, kitchen, etc. Runs and a few large run/play areas will provide us with the capability of being able to exercise, train and play dogs in a shaded, sunned and safe enclosure. I shall post pics of the new facility in the near future. Construction is not complete – we are working on inside finish work – which is very time consuming.

I must thank Cheryl Wicks, CEO of Sammie’s Friends for a generous donation for the building of Sammie’s Pit Stop. This I where many of the shelter dogs come to for long-term rehabilitation. Cheryl & I shall continue to work together for many more happy years.