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BTCA Health Committee
Health Committee Membership List
Mary V. Miller -------- Chairman
Mary Miller is a retired surgical technician and has bred horses and/or dogs since 1965. Bostons have been in her home since the late 80's and her first Boston litter was born in June 1993. Mary is a member of the Bexar County Kennel Club, founding member of the Tejas Owner Handlers Association, Boston Terrier Club of America and was a professional ring steward with the Mission City Stewards Club for 14 years. Even though she does not have a French Bull Dog anymore, she is currently the president and one of the founding members of the Heart of Texas French Bull Dog Club. Her interest is in breeding healthy sound Bostons with wonderful temperaments and promoting health clinics for the screening of health problems. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonya M. Baird
Sonya Baird is Research Associate for the insect physiology program in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department at Mississippi State University. Her research work deals with identification and characterization of genes and neuropeptides involved in the pheromone production cycles of corn earworm moths and imported fire ants. She holds a M. S. in Entomology and Plant Pathology from The University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing a Ph. D. at MSU. Prior to her current position she taught a variety of science courses at the high school and college levels. Sonya has served as president of the Golden Triangle Kennel Club of Mississippi for several years. Over 20 years ago she and her husband owned golden retrievers and showed them in obedience competitions. She became involved in showing Boston Terriers when she bought her first Boston in 2003 and joined the Health Committee in 2007. Sonya hopes that her service can help the health committee to promote research into Boston terrier health problems and encourage the use of available health tests by breeders. As is true for the other members of the committee, Sonya would like to see the Boston terrier become a breed with minimal health problems and for Bostons to be recognized as the wonderful, athletic companion dogs that they truly are.
Kathryn T. Graves, Ph.D. -------Advisor
Julie Haddy is the database, website and accounting manager for a small trucking company. She is new to the sport of purebred dogs being introduced to it in 1998 with a Canaan Dog. She is a member of Canaan Dog Club of America where she is involved with the Ways and Means committee and a member of the Southern Classic Canaan Dog club. Since adding Bostons to the home, she has joined the BTCA, the Volunteer Boston Terrier Club and Greater Atlanta Boston Terrier Club. She participates in conformation as well as agility. Her goal is to promote a healthy and structurally sound Boston who belies its inclusion in the Non-Sporting group.
Sue Le Calsey
Sue LeCalsey was a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America from 1986 through 2006 and a former member of Penn Treaty Kennel Club of the Philadelphia area and a founding member of the Delaware Valley Doberman Pinscher Assistance Group. Upon moving to Green Bay, WI in 1995 we joined the Packerland KC. After buying Jolie`, our first Boston in 2000 we were hooked on their great temperament and lively personality and I joined the BTCA and BTC of Milwaukee where I am a Board Member. To date I have finished 15 homebred Champions with several more pointed. Several finished by 10 months of age (most from Bred by) winning numerous Specialty Shows and we have won Best Of Breed over some top winning Specials. My greatest passion is to spread the word as to how important Health Testing is to our breed. And how equally important it is to register those results with OFA for future generations of Boston fanciers to have this information at their disposal, for generations to come. We must be good stewards of this breed and do everything possible to improve the health of our beloved little Bostons. All my dogs are tested for BAER, CERF, Patella and they have all passed the DNA test for Juvenile Hereditary Cataracts as Clear/Normal and all Health Testing results are registered for public review with OFA.
Sharon Saberton is a receptionist/assistant for a veterinary practice. She has had a BostonTerrier since 1966 and got her first show Boston in 1971. She is a member of many Boston Specialty Clubs and a past show chairman for an all breed club for 23 years. Sharon has owned and bred many Specialty winners and Group winners. She has owner-handled a Boston to No. 1 in the country in 1991 and 1992, and one of his sons to the number one Boston in 2004. Sharon is committed to breeding happy, healthy, sound puppies. Her health interests are breeding, whelping and raising healthy puppies.
Trudy Sample ----------Advisor
Trudy Sample, former Health Committee Chairman, is a retired Biology teacher, with an M.S. from Prudue (Purdue) University. She acquired her first Boston Terrier in 1938. Since then she has owned, bred, and shown many Bostons. She is past president of the BTCA . She is one of the founding members of the BTCA Health Committee and is a strong advocate of health testing. Trudy has an interest in helping breeders produce healthy Boston puppies and she implemented the first BTCA health survey. She is one of the founding members of the BTCA Health Committee and author of "The Boston Puppy Book - A Book for Boston Terrier Breeders".
Glenna Sprague, DVM
J. Elizabeth Wieland acquired her first Boston in 1988. The second followed in 1989. Since then, she has become devoted to the breed and has studied their development, standard and health issues. Having experienced first hand many of the health issues, when she began breeding she chose to try to make intelligent decisions and try to breed away from problems. Elizabeth’s breeding goals are to breed mentally and physically sound dogs that adhere closely to the standard and to be excellent, well-rounded representatives of the Boston Terrier. Elizabeth states “ I believe I am responsible 100% for the breeding I do and the puppies that are born from these breedings for life.” Elizabeth is an active member of the Clubs in Louisville and Cincinnati and has served in various offices. She has been a member of BTCA since 1991 and has worked with rescues since BTCA started doing it. While she is no longer able to foster dogs she is willing to help out any other way she.