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2014 ADBA Scholarship Winner – Josephine Talamage

ADBA Scholarship Winner

Josephine Talamage 2014


Josephine Talamage

In 2014, while living in New York, she noticed that there was an ADBA sanctioned conformation show being held by the Tri-State APBTC in New Jersey. She enjoyed meeting new people, watching the competition, and loved seeing the devotion between the dog and handler while competing for ribbons and trophies. She knew she wanted to become involved.

From that day on, she started reading about training techniques and dieting. Before she knew it, she started traveling the east coast to attend local ADBA sanctioned events. Her vacations turned into when was the next dog show? She’s come so far from that day and is now looking at becoming a sanctioned conformation judge for the ADBA.

Josephine volunteers in local church and community events that involve walks against Diabetes and Alzheimer disease. She donates food and clothing to local shelters. This past Christmas she was part of a group of people who were Secret Santas for less fortunate elderly members of the community.

She is involved with the Mid-Florida APBTC by showing and judging in their fun shows, and a charity walk called Pits for Tits – a walk that allowed them to raise money for breast cancer. She enjoys everything about her dogs; she started out with one and now owns quite a few. She feels when she looks into their eyes not only are they different with their personalities but the love and affection they have in their hearts; they would do anything for you.

Josephine will continue to do all she can to protect them from Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and to promote the goodness and loyalty they possess.
In ten years, Josephine would like to be advanced in her career as a nurse. She would like to achieve an Associate degree then continue to pursue her Bachelors.

She says that the ADBA has allowed her to learn, read and experience this breed and a scholarship would assist her in following her dream of becoming a nurse.

“She  is considered a highly requested employee among clients. She is always willing to step in when she can and provides exceptoinal care to clients that she is assigned to.”