Mike and LuAnn Sherman have been running Sheridane Kennels and Pet Resort in Hebron since 1973.
Mike has a Bachelor's degree in pre-veterinary medicine, with credit toward a Master's degree.
"I have been a breeder of show Great Danes since 1968, and had one of the top-winning Champion Danes in the United States," he said.
LuAnn is a show-trained groomer and breeder of American Cocker Spaniels for over 25 years.
"One of her dogs won the American Cocker Spaniel Club National Specialty Show," said Mike.
Both of the Shermans are obedience instructors, trainers, and professional show dog handlers. They continue to breed Great Danes and American Cocker Spaniels.
"We have also bred, over the years, English Cockers, whippets, boxers, SharPei, and ShihTzu," said Mike.
Mike said that the Shermans have bred more than 50 AKC champions, as well as having had champions in Japan, India, and the Philippines.
As professional dog show handlers, the Shermans were members of the PHA (Professional Handlers Association) from 1978 until 2014, and have shown hundreds of dogs of many different breeds, all over the United States and Canada.
Sheridane began when Mike built the house and kennel and started the business as a part-timeboarding kennel venture, in 1973.
"It quickly grew into a full-time occupation," he said.
LuAnn and Mike married in 1989, "and together have built the business…," said Mike.
Currently, Sheridane provides full-service pet care, including boarding, doggy day care, grooming, obedience instruction, show handling, and classes.
Asked what they like most about running the business, Mike said, "Absolutely, it's the animals."
Asked about the business' challenges, Mike said that it's very time consuming.
"It's a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week job," he said. "We never leave the place together (no vacations). Our sense of responsibility won't allow it," he continued.
The Shermans love to meet prospective clients.
"We like people to stop by any time and talk to us, so they can judge whom they would like to be caring for their pets," said Mike.
Between the two of them, the Shermans have over 75 years of experience in the field.
"There is not much that we haven't seen and heard," said Mike. "We are more than happy to share our knowledge with anyone who cares."
Check out the website at www.sheridanekennels.com. Or call 860-228-9089. Contact Mike and LuAnn via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheridane is located at 250 Main St. in Hebron.