“The taste of freedom”
-Guide Post Magazine
That sentence means a lot to one of our trainers here at The Canine Stars.
It is the beginning of a dream life for her and a leap into a new beginning.
It also is the name of the article written about her in the October,2018 issue of Guidepost Magazine. The article is written about Renea Robison and her rise out of deep depression due to an injury, to learning the ins and outs of dog training and now traveling with The Canine Stars all over North America performing in stunt dog shows with her pack of amazing dogs.
The story all started in 2005 when a back injury occurred while serving as a volunteer EMT with her small town ambulance service.This started the end of Renea’s career as a restaurant manager as well as EMT and landed her on a couch with little hope for a future. While major surgery in 2011 did help her somewhat she was still left in limbo as far as her future went with her limited physical abilities.
Then one day she was cruising through a social media site and a picture of a dog catches her attention. He was in a foster home in a Chicago suburb.This dog was standing on his rear legs with his face smashed against a chain link fence looking at the camera with the most imploring eyes. And eyes that were steel blue. Monte, as the picture said his name was ,captured Renea’s heart in that one picture and she knew she had to save him
So she and one of her sons drove two hours one way to meet Monte. It was love at first sight for all involved. Monte came home that day. And what a homecoming it was. You see Monte was a Catahoula\Great Dane mix. Catahoulas were bred for hog hunting. And they have an incredible prey drive. And Renea lived on a farm. With barn cats. We think you can imagine what this meant with Monte. Renea knew she needed to do a lot of training with Monte to help him work through all his issues. So she found a local trainer and enrolled Monte in an obedience class. He had a flare for obedience and graduated at the top of his class!! And Renea had found her new future!!!
Monte had become a life saver for Renea as much she had for him. He was the reason Renea got up off the couch and started living life again. He is the reason Renea is a member of our cast today.
Monte started to excel in everything he was trained in. His dock diving career was his biggest love. Leaping through the air to land in water and get his favorite fire hose toy was the best thing in the world to him. He was not a huge jumper but he loved the sport and that is all that mattered to Renea Then tragedy struck in mid 2015.
After living with Renea and her family and starting a great career in dock diving Monte developed epilepsy. Renea and her family did all that was possible to help him but the disease stole Monte from his family in 2016. It was a devastating loss to the Robison household. The memories of the dog that saved her life still choke Renea up. But she is very thankful for every lesson he taught her about patience and perseverance
The one good thing that came out of all of this was Renea learning to love dog training and continue this path with other dogs. And it was through mutual friends that Renea met the co-founders of The Canine Stars, Keri Caraher and Ethan Wilhelm. She has traveled all across north america performing in stunt dog shows with the company for 6 years now and she has amassed a pack of 11 dogs that she dearly loves and trains as often as she can
You can read an article written about Renea in the October 2018 issue of Guidepost magazine that a friend wrote about her and Monte and submitted for publication https://www.magzter.com/article/Lifestyle/Guideposts/The-Taste-Of-Freedom
Or better yet check out a show The Canine Stars are performing and see in person the new and improved Renea Robison!!