From the time she was a youngster accompanying her father into the fields hunting pheasants behind his dogs, Kim has felt something very special for bird dogs. The outings were never long enough and she never tired of walking along, watching the dogs. She also had a horse and spent summers riding in the Utah mountains with her friends. Back then she never dreamed those two loves — dogs and horses — would someday not only combine, but combust into the habitual hurricane of her life today with bird dogs…training, field trialing, and upland hunting.
15 years ago, after a rather long hiatus, which included a college education, a career teaching junior high English and raising a family, the longing for a dog resurfaced in a big way. Her first bird dog was a Weimaraner named Meg. Then came a pointer pup from South Carolina named Daisy. Things were never the same after that. On a borrowed horse, Kim ran Daisy in several AKC puppy and AF derby stakes and placed, — usually winning — every stake she entered and along with that came some state and regional Dog of the Year awards. The hook was set.
Today, as a professional and owner/operator of West Mountain Kennels in her home state of Utah, Kim loves developing pups and derbies and working older dogs for their owners to hunt and compete in trials. She makes a huge effort to get her charges out on wild birds as often as possible, hunting or training in several western states from early August until nesting season begins in the spring. That phone call informing her of a client winning with a dog she trained, or just a great report on a client’s hunting trip is what keeps her excited, motivated and loving her life with bird dogs.