Meet the Handlers' Assistants: Katherine Levario

Meet Katherine Levario, a dog handler's assistant, and learn about her background in life and dogs.

By Allan Reznik | Posted: Mar 14, 2014 8 a.m. PST

Our sport is rich in noble traditions. Among the strongest is that of hard-working assistants apprenticing for successful professional handlers in the fancy. Anyone with stars in their eyes about a life of glamour is quickly disabused of those notions when they learn that the dogs always come first for top handlers and that partying is never a job perk. Many handlers' assistants aspire to stay in the sport and strike out on their own one day. Others are happy to remain exhibitors while pursuing other career paths. We reached out to handlers' assistants to get better acquainted. — Allan Reznik

  1. Briefly tell us about your background, including your age, where you grew up, if you came from a doggy family and if you have siblings who also show dogs.
  2. If you didn't come from a family that showed dogs, where did your interest begin?
  3. What handlers have you worked for in the past, and for whom are you working now?
  4. Is this a live-in position, or do you live elsewhere during the week?
  5. What are some of the best things about being a handler's assistant?
  6. What has been the most memorable moment in your dog-showing career?
  7. What was the greatest disappointment?
  8. How could the sport be improved?
  9. What's the biggest misconception about professional handlers?
  10. Is your goal to go out on your own and become a full-time professional handler one day?

 

Katherine Levario

Assistant for Michael and Michelle Scott

Katherine Levario Handler
  1. My name is Katherine Levario. I am 22 years old. I am a military brat. I grew up in Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; and Port Deposit, Md. My family has always been in dogs: first, Parson Russell Terriers, and then I was introduced to Manchester Terriers by James Burrows and Patrick Mackesey (Burmack) when I was in my early teens. I have one brother, Benjamin, and he does not show dogs.
  2. For almost three years now, I have worked for Michael and Michelle Scott.
  3. I live 20 minutes from Michael and Michelle, with my family.
  4. Having hands-on experiences with the dogs, clients and interaction with
    other handlers.
  5. When my dog GCh. Burmack's Highlander of Chesterfield and I won the Variety at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show this year.
  6. To this date, I cannot think of any disappointing moments.
  7. It would be nice to see better sportsmanship from Juniors all the way up to the professional handlers.
  8. That they can be unapproachable.
  9. Yes, at some point I would like to embark on a professional career, but I don't want to rush into something that I believe takes time and education from my superiors. Handling dogs professionally is a profession in which respect is earned over time.

 

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