Hi! Hallo! Hola! Ciao! My name is Alexa Lopezlira! I am a pre-veterinary student at the University of Portland. I am originally from Arizona; owner of two dogs: one sassy, sweet, protective ten-year old Kuvasz named Lana and a goofy, scruffy, curious (sometimes clueless) two-year old Airedale terrier mix named Ché. Another fun fact about myself: I speak FIVE languages! English (duh), Spanish, German, Italian and ASL (American Sign Language).
My purpose of creating this website is to help people like you: the terrier owner at their wit’s end. I used to be in the dog grooming business, and let me tell ya, it is a very underestimated career! It is definitely a job that I can safely say not one day was exactly alike. I’ve had to deal with the strangest dogs, ranging from the mellow power breeds to the high-maintenance toy dogs, I have experienced it all! Then I got my first terrier, Ché. I love him with all my heart, but he is definitely a test of patience. Which is why I am here to help those of you whose dogs can sometimes only seem to speak one language you need help interpreting: terrier.
I have worked with dogs for over three years and have been around them for twenty. My connection with animals is an underrated quality that has been noticeable since I learned how to walk. I understand dogs in the simplest way possible: through intuition and common sense. I am certified in identifying canine body language, dog training, and one-on-one training with dogs that have behavioral problems. I have made my mistakes in working with dogs, times where I ignored body language and ended up paying the price. But I don’t think of that as a character flaw on mine or the dog’s part, it is more of a valuable lesson learned and helped me correctly identify what dogs are trying to say the moment they say it. Animals are my passion because they speak with a language that connects to a human’s primitive soul and intuition, giving us more understanding and truth than any human language combined.