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Meet the Staff (aka 'the Assistant')
large product photo Tonja Reeves

Tonja originally is from Pickens, South Carolina, but is a Greensboro, North Carolina Native by default, having lived there since1986,

She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management and has over twenty years of experience in the construction industry, She stumbled into Leatherwood Kennels in the Fall of 2007 and has come a long way from the first day she picked up 'one nasty old duck'.

As Assistant Trainer, Tonja works with clients on Puppy Head Start Classes, trains Basic Obedience and counsels Owners with their dogs upon 'Graduation' and follow up classes, Trains Hold and Fetch on Command to Beginning Handling Drills, can throw a pretty accurate mark, and can handle dogs on set ups. She manages the kennel, coordinating the scheduling and training of dogs, and assists with the daily office routine.

She owns four wonderful Labrador Retrievers: Cole, Casey, Ruby and Flair. Through perserverance and hard work, Cole is an AKC Master Hunter (Tonja Titled him in AKC Junior and Senior Hunter; Linwood took over the reigns to title him in AKC Master Hunter), Ruby is an AKC Senior Hunter, working toward her Master Hunter; Casey is an AKC Junior Hunter, also working toward her Master Hunter, Flair shall work on his Senior Hunter, then his Master Hunter.

Cole is retired from competition, and even after a lay-off from CCL surgery in the Summer of 2013, is still training hard at 8 years old, and is one helluva Hunting and Family Dog.

Tonja's other passions include Cooking, Gardening, Hunting, Photography, and Painting.