Buchanan Speaks to Women of Weymouth
Bonnie Buchanan will speak at the Women of Weymouth meeting on Monday, Feb. 19.
Buchanan owns and operates the Bon-Clyde Learning Center, located in Sanford. This multi-purpose training center was opened in 1990 and offers classes in obedience, agility, canine acting and breed handling. The center has been featured in major magazines, including Southern Living.
Buchanan has had 20 years of teaching experience in the public schools and has enjoyed watching her students improve relationships with their canine friends. She is an approved judge for mixed-breed dogs and qualified to judge in matches for all classes.
Her learning center offers seminars in instructor's training, showing and performing arts, canine style.
Buchanan's training accomplishments include earning several Utility titles on her many dogs. Two of her Shelties carried her to three Regional Championships, and several of the dogs have received High in Trial awards in the Obedience ring as well as championship titles in the breed ring.
The Bon-Clyde Canine Professional division of the center was created to meet the demand of supplying dogs for commercials, still photography, videos, and more, on a professional level.
Gracie, a border collie, is probably the most famous dog in the family. She was the Bell South Mobility DSC dog, "Ralph," for over two years. Gracie has starred in over 30 commercials. Some of the jobs using Bon-Clyde dogs, in addition to commercials, have been the movies, such as "El Cine" and "The Price of Heaven," and models for Ethical Pet Products.
Presently Buchanan is training two mixed breeds, two Jack Russells and three border collies. One of the Jack Russells is the daughter of Moose, who played Eddie on "Frazier." "Rap," her border collie, starred in the Central Carolina and National Bank of Commerce TV commercials.
The popular therapy dog "Luther," who visited last year in a Weymouth program with owner Rebecca Vassallo, is a graduate of the Bon-Clyde Center.
Buchanan's program will include a talk and demonstration titled "The Showy, Acting, Celebrity Dog."
The morning begins with a friendship coffee hour at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 10 o'clock business meeting and program.
"Guests are welcome," says a spokesman.
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