A graduate of Michigan State University, Eric was born in Michigan. He moved to Toledo, OH and then moved to Charlotte with his wife, Lorelei, in 2008. The two of them have a daughter, Kayla, and three dogs. Both Daisy and Luna are mixed breeds and Libra is a Sheltie. Daisy is retired from competition, Libra is working on her MACH, and Luna is just starting agility. Eric got the bug of competing in agility after Lorelei tore her ACL in late 2009 and he was the only person her dog Brodie (aka MACH Brodie’s Haven Fun, 2006 – 2016) would run with while she recuperated. Since then, Eric has been training at CDTC since 2010, he has been the Agility Chair of the CDTC from 2014 to 2017, he has helped with many agility trials, he has assisted with class, and he has organized several seminars with some of the world’s best agility competitors. He looks forward to serving as President and continuing the success of the club..
Tina Whisnant was born in Massachusetts but got down to God's country as soon as she could, at age 9. She began to research dog training clubs in the 1980's, found CDTC, joined in '84 and has held various positions in the Club, developed and taught at least 8 different classes over the years, with German shepherds, a mini poodle, Borzoi, and Australian shepherds. She has competed and titled in conformation, lure coursing, obedience, rally, nosework, and agility, as well as doing pet therapy with all 10 dogs since 1984 to the present, helps with the therapy dog testing which the Club does three times a year, and intends to keep going as long as she has a dog to do sports with!
Nan was born right here in Charlotte and has lived most of her life here. She was raised with Collies but knew when she grew up that she would have a smaller version of her beloved Collies. So in her early twenties she acquired her first Sheltie. Quite the little herders, her Shelties tried over and over to herd the horse, but they would have no part of it. After Nan’s husband passed the show ring with horses became a distant memory so she turned to the dogs. She now has three Shelties and competes with them in agility. One received his MACH in 2014and the other two retired at the Excellent level. She also tried her hand at Rally which was lots of fun. All three are therapy dogs and visit Nan’s place of business to cheer the residents there.
But her passion is to rescue and home dogs. She has always had animals in one form or another, and began training long haired collies for obedience in her early college years. Her love of Border Collies began when they were transferred to PA in the early 80’s. She was amazed how these dogs had the ability to herd sheep and cows with no supervision. She has trained and owned several Border Collies over the past years.
In 2011, she and her husband opened a senior sanctuary for elderly dogs that were abandoned, abused, or close to euthanasia. Currently she is training a young border collie, Cheyenne, for obedience and agility, and is a new member to CDTC. She is excited to be a member of the CDTC and wants to be a valuable addition to the organization. And she can’t wait to have Cheyenne competing in various trials earning her titles, and suffixes after her name.
Lori was born in Syracuse, NY. She and her husband, Geo, moved to Charlotte in 1999. They have one son.
Lori has had an interest in dog training since she was 13 years old and her neighbor asked her to be her dog sitter. She began training at CDTC in 2012 with her yellow lab, Sonny. Currently, Lori and her son compete with Sonny in Rally and Scentwork. The future superstar Teddy is in training. Lori is also the Vice President of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Piedmont and works full time.
Born in Maryland, Dawn and her husband, Shawn, moved to Charlotte in 2002. Dawn has had a passion for obedience and agility training since she was 10 years old and building agility courses in her backyard, using picnic tables and lawn chairs. She began training at CDTC in 2009 with her boxer, Grady. Dawn and Shawn are now owned by 3 boxers, Rubi, Bauer and Miles, and Dawn is active in Rally, Obedience, Nosework, Agility and Conformation. Dawn works as a Marketing Manager for a footwear retailer and also enjoys running.
David was born in Asheville, NC, but he moved around the country and many overseas areas while in the US Navy. He worked in industry as a Logistics Manager supporting P-3 and EA6B aviation military programs. After leaving industry, David and his wife Linda moved to Fort Mill, SC, in 2008 to be near family.
David had dogs in his life from his birth. but when they got their Golden Retriever, Sailor, they joined Charlotte DTC, because they quickly realized that they would need a lot of help training their puppy.
Sailor is the first dog David and Linda set out to train for specific trials. David began training with Sailor in obedience and agility, until Linda took over the obedience and rally training. David is currently training in agility with Sailor in hopes of competing in trials in the future.