Katie was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She began training dogs when she was 8 years old participating in 4-H with her Australian Shepherd, Sadie, in Obedience and Showmanship. Katie owned her first show dog, a German Wirehaired Pointer, Calli and showed her in both Confirmation, finishing her Championship title at age 14. She participated in Junior Handling as well with many placements including Best Junior Handler at the German Wirehaired Pointer Specialty in 2008 and finished Calli's RN title in Rally at 16. Katie showed German Wirehaired Pointers, Rough Collies, Rottweilers and Flat Coated Retrievers throughout high School.
She continued her love for animals by participating in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competing in Veterinary Science at Flowing Wells High School. She won 2nd Place for the written test, and 3rd place for skills demonstration in the HOSA Arizona state competitions, allowing her to participate in HOSA National Competition in Orlando, Florida. That experience lead her to an internship with North West Pet Clinic as a Veterinary Technician when she graduated high school. Katie then moved to Orange Grove Animal Hospital to work in Pet Boarding and filling in for Veterinary Technicians. At the hospital she learned to care for birds, reptiles, cats and of course dogs.
Katie has trained with Old Pueblo Dog Training Club assisting with teaching classes and having her own dogs participate in obedience classes for most of her career in dog training and handling. To this day, she is substitute instructor and is building a curriculum for a tricks class.
Later she began showing dogs again with a the same passion she did as a teenager. She jumped right back in with an American Eskimo named Kismet. She also worked with many breeds including Akitas, Pharaoh Hounds, Great Danes, Maltese, Canaan Dogs, and many more.