Betsy started taking obedience classes in 1977 because she wanted her pet German shepherd dog to be able to heel off leash, plus she was interested in learning to train dogs. She had always wanted a career working with dogs, but she never thought she wanted to show them! After a year of training, Betsy's instructor forced her to enter a match show. Betsy and her German shepherd Tara earned third place with a 195, and Betsy was hooked. Tara got her CD in 1980, including a high in trial from Novice A. She continued to show Tara to her CDX with a high in trial.