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Jim and Mary Jo Rasmussen
Falls Church, VA 22042

Members of Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America (GSMDCA) since 2002
Members of American Greater Swiss Breeders Association (AGSBA)
Jim: Chairperson, GSMDCA Draft Committee and Draft Judge
Mary Jo: GSMDCA President and AKC Delegate ; Treasurer, C & P GSMDC;
GSMDCA Member Approved Draft Judge; e-SENNtinel editor GSMDCA, Swissy Licks editor

We live twenty minutes from Washington National Airport (DCA) and thirty minutes from Dulles (IAD). Our home is located on over an acre--a wooded, fenced setting where deer and fox frequently roam. We welcome additional visitors to walk and play among the game trails in our back yard.  

Recently transplanted to Northern Virginia, we have lived in the Western and Midwestern parts of the country. Jim is a Materials Science Engineer and Mary Jo works in the education accreditation field. In addition to our dogs, we have two grown children who live in Oakland, California and Fairplay, Colorado. They enjoy climbing, hiking, backpacking, swimming, biking and skiing. Our daughter is owned and loved by a Portugese Water Dog (Cassidy), and our son enjoys, Chili, a Sophia/Donald son.

We educate ourselves and stay current with what is happening in the canine world to the best of our ability. We subscribe to several canine publications and attend conferences and seminars. To date, we have attended:

  • Pat Hasting's weekend seminars on puppy structure, movement and evaluation
  • Claudia Orlandi's canine genetics seminar
  • Margaret Root's day-long seminar about breeding and whelping puppies
  • Myra Savant Harris' day-long lecture on canine reproduction and whelping
  • Two weekend-long handling clinics (George Alston, Bill Sahloff)
  • K9 College Cruise 2010 that featured over one dozen lecturers on various topics
  • Numerous agility, herding, tracking and obedience clinics and classes
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