About Kathleen Rasinowich-PlattOriginally from Minnesota, Kathy has lived in Illinois, Iowa and now Papillion, Nebraska. She has trained horses and dogs for 30 years. Kathy is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She majored in Agricultural Business and minored in Animal Science and Economic. She began competing in American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club events in 1988 with her Labrador retriever, Frannie and Golden Retriever, Clint. Frannie earned her AKC and CKC UD title and she became a Flyball Dog Champion. Clint earned his CKC and AKC CDX and was a Flyball Dog Champion. Frannie was retired at the age of 5 due to a shoulder injury.
Wrigley, NOC OTCH First String’s Cubby Bear UDX 25, AX, AXJ, CGC, CAN CDX became a part of the family in 1995. Wrigley earned the following titles: UDX25, Obedience Trial Championship, 84 High in Trial and 101 High Combined awards. He was in the top 10-All Breed and Golden Retriever rankings and other rating systems for 6 years. He placed 3rd, 4th and 2nd at the AKC National Obedience Invitational in the Sporting Group. He was inducted into the Golden Retriever Hall of Fame in 2000, earned 3,461 OTCH and 2 perfect scores of 200. In 2005, he won the AKC National Obedience Invitational Champion, in Tampa, FL and was crowned the National Obedience Champion. Wrigley was selected as the first alternate for the 2005 AKC/USA Obedience team that traveled to Crufts in Birmingham, England. Wrigley had a wonderful obedience career and was retired at the age of 11.
Shale, OTCH First String’s Liv’n on the Edge UDX20, OM7, NA, NAJ, CGC, Wrigley’s half brother was Kathy’s 2nd Obedience Trial Champion. Shale has a lot of personality and makes you laugh each day. Shale earned his Companion Degree to Obedience Trial Championship in 10 months. He was a member of the AKC/USA Obedience team that competed at CRUFTS at Birmingham, England in 2006. He was the #1 Obedience dog in the USA in 2006 and 2nd Runner up at the AKC National Obedience Invitational in 2006. Shale earned 3,763 OTCH points, 121 HIT, 111 High Combined awards in his show career. He earned 5 perfect scores of 200 with a personal best high combined score of 399.5 out of 400 two days in a row November 14 and 15, 2009. Shale was retired 5/2/10 at the age of 11.
Kathy is currently showing Buoy (NOC High Times Ris’n Above the Tide UDX16, OGM, RE, CGC). He is a sweet and special boy. He is very easy to live with and loves to work. He loves to cuddle and lies as close to you as possible. It’s in a Golden Retrievers DNA. He gives gentle kisses or small nibbles on your hand. Buoy has been shown in obedience since 2008. He has 3800+ OTCH points and earned 118 High in Trials, 130 High Combined, 16 UDX Titles and was one of the first 10 dogs to earn an Obedience Grand Master title. He was inducted into the Golden Retriever Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Toby Trigger in’09 and ’11. He was the first runner up at the 2009 and 2011 AKC National Obedience Invitational and was crowned the National Obedience Champion in 2010, in Long Beach, CA. He was the #2 Obedience Dog (All Breed) in country in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was the #1 Golden Retriever shown in obedience in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Just when I think there are no other record or personal best, he comes up with another milestone. In July ‘11, Buoy earned 3-200’s. Not only was this his 11th 200 in his obedience career, and to my amazement, he earned a perfect High Combined score of 400 under Richard and Patricia Strong.
Beacon, High Times Uncharted Waters RN is Buoy’s half brother. He earned his first blue ribbon March 24, 2012. His training is coming along well and we hope to have him in the ring in 2013.
Kathy works full time as a Business Analyst. Kathy and her husband, Gary, have a part-time dog training business (Innovative Dog Training) and teach obedience classes to the public, preparing advanced students for competition, private lessons, conduct problem solving seminars and holds an annual 4-day obedience camp.