Long before I ever watched one of my canines launch into the air, I had an appreciation for terms like Big Air! Hang time! For 13 years I was a professional snowboard competitor and I'm currently still active as a team rider and rep for Kemper + Whitespace Snowboards. It seems quite appropriate that my team of canine athletes would continue a tradition of amazing high flying stunts. In the mid 90’s, while still an active snowboard competitor I met a disc dog entertainer who introduced him to the sport of canine flying disc. It wasn’t long before I was hooked on both the competition of canine disc and its amazing way of providing crowd pleasing entertainment.
Over the last 26 years I've developed my own unique approach to the sport. As a kid and adult I was always involved with being an entertainer or athlete and growing up I always had a passion for animals. My company, The K9 Kings Flying Dog Show seems to be a reflection of my life story combining all of my talents. I've been blessed with entertaining millions of people around the United States with my special and diverse team of dogs.
In addition to entertaining I also loved competing for years around the country at disc dog events and have earned numerous titles like four time world finalist, FDDO national champions, multiple state champs and two-time Purina national finalist. I also was featured on Animal Planet’s Pet Star and appeared on the first and only dog reality show on CBS called “Greatest American Dog” where over 100 million people saw my dog, Galaxy and I compete for $250,000.
Bend, Oregon (43 years)
1979 – 1985 Top Ranked Junior Olympic Skier
1980 – 1984 Competitive Breakdancer
1990 – 1994 Sponsored In-Line skater
1987 – 2000 Professional Snowboarder
2006 – 200? Professional Disc Golfer (PDGA #24431)
1996 – present Professional K9 Entertainer / Trainer
2017 - present Owner / Founder JD Paddleboards
K9 Competition Highlights:
1996 – 2005 Top 10 Local & Regional Competitions
2001 NW Champions
2001 7th Skyhoundz World Championships
2002 4th Purina National Finals
2003 FDDO National Champions
2003 12th Ashley Whippet World Championships
2003 9th & 13th Skyhoundz World Championships
(FIRST person ever to qualify for World’s with TWO dogs)
2003 California State Champions
2004 West Coast Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Champions
2004 5th Purina National Finals
2004 Animal Planet’s Pet Star Winner & 5th at $25,000 Finals
2004 Indiana State Champions
2005 1st Flying Disc Dog Open
2005 Ashley Whippet World Finalist
2008 3rd Place CBS Reality Show "Greatest American Dog"
K9 Career Media:
CBS Reality Show “Greatest American Dog”, Animal Planet’s Pet Star, People Magazine, Star Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Dog World Magazine, Disc Golf World, USA Network, VH1, TBS, ABC Sports, Outdoor Life Network, NBC Sports, PAX, CTV, A Channel, Local Stations
K9 Career Sponsors:
WolfGang Man & Beast, DCurve Optics, Les Schwab Tire Centers, High Desert Veterinary, Dealin In Signs