Tom in his day to day life is a Vice President of Operations for a western Washington foundation drilling company. Tom holds a degree in construction management. He also studied Early Childhood Education in college and has a Certificate of Completion for the ECE program. Tom worked part time for several years with children (Including special needs children) during and after leaving college. He personally organized, worked with and ran numerous recreational programs for the city of Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz County California. This program included children from grades 1 to 6. In addition, over the years Tom has volunteered his time often at Pre-school and daycare programs. Tom is a natural leader and believes in education through kindness and positive self-esteem technique.
Kelly previously worked in the veterinary industry. Kelly is now retired and runs the day to day operations at BDFS. Kelly also grew up on a farm and spent many years in 4H and FFA. She is has been instrumental in the rescue of neglected horses and has assisted with the facilitation of finding homes for numerous endangered animals. Kelly keeps current with events effecting the animals in the western Washington area. In addition, she remains updated on the veterinary field and the dos and don’ts in regards to how to care for farm animals. Kelly is an accomplished horse women and well versed in riding and training techniques. She has a natural ability to encourage and teach children her knowledge and numerous skills regarding the care of animals .Kelly is a trained artist who studied at Seattle Centrals acclaimed graphic design program and hopes to eventually incorporate art classes into Black Dawgs criteria. She has a degree in Visual Communications with a background in marketing, sales and employee leadership.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER
Clayton Cockrum has a beautiful wife and two wonderful daughters (daddy is outnumbered!), even the family horse is female!
Clayton met his wife in college at Washington State University on September 9th, 2000. Fast forward the clock a number of years - he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Zoology, with an emphasis in Animal Care and Physiology. After college, he spent the next 11 years in corporate America. Although Clayton had some fantastic experiences, he realized it was time for him to pursue his original passion for animals.Clayton graduated from Mission Farrier School in Snohomish, Washington. It was an excellent experience that has set him up for continued success. He plans on continuing my education in due time both from MFS as well as learning from other experienced farriers in the area. I believe that Best Practices in farriery can lead to soundness for our equine community. Clayton bring a wealth of knowledge to BDFS and will contribute greatly to the development of our current and future endeavors.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER
Amy Cottrille DVM
Dr. Amy Cottrille is a Washington state native, spending half her childhood in Eastern Washington in a small farming and ranching community, and the other half in the Seattle suburbs. She grew up in a family that loved animals, and has wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of six. She was greatly encouraged and supported to follow that path by her immediate and extended family.
After graduating from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, she practiced at Rose Hill Animal Hospital in Kirkland, WA, then as a relief (substitute) veterinarian in the greater eastside area. She has always been intrigued with the idea of house calls after spending a day with a house call veterinarian in Sequim as a senior veterinary student. The ability to spend more time with the patient in a relaxed setting made a lot of sense, both for the comfort of the patient and their owner, and for the ability to have a more comprehensive exam in the patient’s natural setting.
Dr. Amy lives in the Sammamish area with her husband of many years and their three school aged children. The family takes advantage of many outdoor activities available in our area such as hiking, boating and camping. Dr. Amy enjoys participating in recreational running and triathlon races, sewing and gardening.
Toby Ewing DVM
An upbringing immersed in 4H equestrian activities inspired Dr. Toby Ewing’s interest in horse health. Dr. Ewing received his veterinary degree in 1998 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. After spending his early career beside his mentor, Dr. John Q. Mitten, DVM, Dr. Ewing established Los Caballos Equine Veterinary service. Over a decade of successful practice has made Dr. Ewing a realistic and pragmatic practitioner with a conservative approach to his patient’s treatment. Dr. Ewing and his wife Dani are an amazing team, providing the utmost care to their large animal patients.
At the young age of 20, Dawn started working in the Mortgage and Escrow industry helping people achieve their dreams of owning their own home. At the age of 38, she decided that it was time to start a family and is now a stay at home mother of 2 very busy little boys and 3 big rescue dogs. She has always had a huge heart for animals in need. Living up in North Bend on 10 acres, she hopes to add more animals to her household over the next few years.
Tracy Tomlinson DVM
Dr. Tomlinson has been in practice for 16 years as a small animal veterinarian. Her interests involves overall preventative care for felines and canines, feline reproduction, infectious diseases of the cat, and neoplasia within Golden Retrievers. Dr. Tomlinsons entire career has been within the Puget Sound community with a focus on client education about preventive care. Dr. Tomlinson is an Alum of Washington State University, she graduated form there in 1998.
Her background consists of practice ownership, working for both private and corporate practices, and volunteer work with the local feral cat spay/neuter project. Dr. Tomlinsons fur-baby family consists of two awesome Golden Retrievers ( Silver and Wally) and an amazing group of sphynx kitties.
Dr. Tomlinson is the Chief of Staff for the Banfield of Mill Creek and has been a part of the team for five years.
FOUNDING ADVISORY TEAM
Juliet (Hall) Shier B.S.Ed., M.S.Ed.
Juliet grew up playing in the forests and fields of the Snoqualmie Valley. Her love of animals, adventure, and all things outdoors inspired her to travel and teach around the world. However, she has always considered Washington her home.
Juliet is an experienced and energetic teacher who is very interested not only the academic, but social emotional development of her students. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Science in Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and has twenty-four years of experience in elementary and middle school classrooms.
In addition to teaching, Juliet has also worked mentoring university education department interns. She looks forward to working with Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary to develop and help deliver quality curriculum; to inspire children, teens and adults through our core values:
Creating a Safe and Nurturing Environment
Create Opportunity for growth
Rescue. Rehabilitate. Educate. Inspire.
Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary