Sandy has been working with High Hopes Dog Training since 2016. She started out by enrolling her newly rescued dog in Beginner Obedience class and continued with Intermediate and Advanced Obedience classes. Sandy’s work with her own dog was so impressive, she was asked to join the High Hopes Dog Training family! Now Sandy’s exceptional organizational skills as Administrative Assistant keep High Hopes running smoothly on a daily basis. As a trainer in our group classes, Sandy makes sure that every client gets extra help to ensure success.
Sandy is a newly retired Roanoke City School teacher. For 33 years, her job has been centered around working with low-income students. She has enjoyed introducing the children to new experiences and pushing them to succeed regardless of their background experiences.
That gift has carried over to her canine family. Sandy, her husband, and her son rescue Bernese Mountain Dogs and Newfoundlands who have been mistreated or neglected. They currently have a Berner named Tripp and a Newfie named Sadie. Sadie earned her Canine Good Citizen certification and is working towards becoming a Certified Therapy Dog. She provides emotional support to autistic children and to those struggling to read. Tripp, being an adolescent goofball, is still in training.