© 2018 Tammie Rogers
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At    my    wedding    my    mother    proclaimed    to    our    guests, “Tammie   was   the   most   difficult   child   to   raise,   but   she   has turned   out   to   be   the   most   interesting   person.”         Thanks, Mom. I    write    about    my    life    because    it’s    interesting,    even    my mother thought so. I   grew   up   in   a   perfectly   dysfunctional   family.         At   seventeen   I lived    in    South    Africa    for    a    year    as    a    foreign    exchange student.      It   was   during   the   depths   of   Apartheid.      I   lived   with an   Afrikaans   family   and   attended   Afrikaans   school.      I   still consider it the most influential year of my life. I   earned   a   degree   in   Biology   at   Coe   College   in   Cedar   Rapids, Iowa.      During   that   time,   I   spent   a   semester   in   Costa   Rica where   I   researched   Emerald   Toucanets   in   the   cloud   forest   of Monte Verde. I   was   employed   consistently   in   my   field   for   twenty   years including      working      with      academic      PhD’s      who      were investigating   hearing   in   goldfishes.      I   worked   in   a   clinical setting     with     last-chance     oncology     patients,     and     spent thirteen    years    in    Corporate    America    in    a    Fortune    200 company.        There,    I    entered    as    a    research    assistant    in Tropical   Disease   Diagnostics,   and   then   developed   in   vitro   allergy     tests     and     thyroid     monitoring     products     before eventually   participating   in   the   resolution   of   a   ten   million dollar consent decree that the FDA filed against my Division. In   my   twenties   I   lived   in   a   not-so-good   neighborhood   in Chicago   as   a   single   woman   who   rode   a   bike   to   work.      I played   racquet   ball   with   the   boys   because   I   was   pretty   good.     I   acquired   a   puppy   that   destroyed   my   studio   apartment.     That   resulted   in   my   introduction   to   obedience   training   with a   local   club.      I   was   a   natural   and   became   successful   with   my own    dogs    and    helping    others.            My    third    dog,    a    Border Collie,   changed   my   life   dramatically.      He   is   the   reason   that   I purchased   a   flock   of   sheep   before   I   had   a   farm   on   which   to keep   them.         Shamaron   was   one   of   those   rare   individuals that  forever altered the trajectory of my existence.   In   my   thirties   I   lived   alone   in   a   100   year   old   farm   house   in southern   Wisconsin   with   my   dogs,   a   couple   of   cats,   a   flock of    sheep,    ducks    and    chickens.        I    traveled    to    my    job    in Corporate    America    with    flecks    of    hay    on    my    jacket    in    a vehicle   that   stood   out   (not   in   a   good   way)   against   all   the fancy   cars   in   the   parking   lot.         I   trained   my   dogs,   took   on herding   students   and   taught   classes   in   a   barn   I   converted   to a   training   building.         I   hosted   herding   events   and   tending   to my   ewes,   often   standing   in   the   barn   unaccompanied   for hours on a cold winter evening waiting for a lamb to arrive. After   I   met   my   husband   on   the   internet   when   it   was   not only    considered    unacceptable    but    dangerous    to    do    so,    I gave   him   a   dog   to   train.      When   he   beat   me   at   his   first   trial, he   was   hooked.      During   my   forties,   Robert   was   dedicated   to helping    me    achieve    my    dream    of    leaving    the    stress    and hustle   of   my   corporate   job   in   order   to   turn   what   was   a hobby   into   a   profession.         We   purchased   a   fifty   acre   farm   in central   Illinois   and   began   building   a   dog   training   business.     Along   the   way,   we   launched   a   second   company   from   which we train service dogs for disabled individuals.  In   my   fifties   I   continue   to   develop   my   writing   craft.      Since 2002    we    have    owned    and    operated    DarnFar    Ranch    Professional   Dog   Training.         In   2011   we   launched   Committed Canine.      During   that   time,   I   wrote   four   books.      Much   of   my writing    is    based    on    my    experiences    with    dogs    and    their people.        I    also    like    to    explore    spirituality    in    writing    as    a means   of   better   understanding   myself.         I   rarely   feel   the need   to   embellish   as   I   find   the   truth   far   more   interesting than exaggeration.  In   2017   I   made   a   transition   to   full-time   author   (part-time dog   trainer)   in   order   to   further   share   the   chronicles   of   my life.         I   consider   my   writing   to   be   authentic,   uncomplicated,   and inspiring   narratives   on   being   alive   in   the   beautiful,   complex   and peculiar world that we all share.
Tammie (left) and Diane, her host sister in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1978
Shamaron, Tammie’s first Border Collie in Crystal Lake, Illinois (circa 1989)
Tammie with Laddie, her second Border Collie in Crystal Lake, Illinois (circa 1992)
Tammie at the farm in central Illinois with a litter of Border Collie puppies (circa 2004)
Tammie with Pete, one of her successful trial and ranch dogs.