it's all about the love of the dogs

In the 1990s, Richard worked for the late Bill Cunningham, and apprenticed with multiple professional handlers, including Tim Brazier. This early experience focused on Poodles, Terriers, American Cocker Spaniels, drop coats and toy breeds.

After this employ, he set out as a groomer, breeder and handler, both owner and professional.

Now, Richard owns Shampoodles Salon in Asheville, NC and Knovelston Farm in Bakersville, NC.

He is a member of the Poodle Club of America and is a former American Kennel Club Judge. 

While he did enjoy judging; with the farm, breeding dogs and multiple businesses it was clear to him a choice had to made.  At this point in Richard's career he feels he has more to offer as a breeder and owner handler.