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Meet The Canine Keepers

We’re not even going to try and deny it. Our dogs are well kept! CDCI Canine Finders live with their Canine Keepers as loving family members.


Laura Holder, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Executive Director

Canine Keeper for Ernie & Betty White

  • Certified Nose Work Instructor® (NACSW)

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge Assessed (CCPDT)

  • Graduate, Living and Learning with Animals (LLA)

  • Co-founder, Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin (FFTW)

  • Member, National Association of Canine Scent Work® (NACSW)

  • Approved Trial and ORT Judge, National Association of Canine Scent Work® (NACSW)


There is nothing more fulfilling than sharing your heart, home, and job with a dog. The incredible talents of our four-legged co-woofers amazes me every single day.

Morgan Charpentier,  IAABC-ADT
Canine Keeper for Jesse

  • Accredited Dog Trainer (IAABC)

  • Certified Fear Free Trainer (Fear Free Pets)


Working with dogs to preserve our natural resources? There is no greater privilege than that. It is the most thrilling way to give back

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Clairess Frederick

Canine Keeper for Alva & Harriet

  • Certified Canine Massage Therapist


I'm honored to do this work. It's not only helping to save the planet we love, it puts a spark in my dogs' steps and strengthens our bond every day.

Josephine Lock
Canine Keeper for Willow & Holly

  • SAR-TECH II Handler

  • Graduate, Living and Learning with Animals (LLA)


The moment I discovered that working with the dog I love was possible, I never looked back!


Heather Mongiat, CPDT-KA, PNWI
Canine Keeper for Bronty

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge Assessed (CCPDT)

  • Certified Fear Free Trainer (Fear Free Pets)

  • Member, Superiorland Pet Partners Therapy Dogs


Being able to connect with and preserve the planet alongside my best friend is a dream come true. It's truly the best of both worlds!

Katie Homan, PhD, ANWI
Canine Keeper for Lily

  • Associate Nose Work Instructor (NACSW)

  • Graduate, Living and Learning with Animals (LLA)


Getting to work and play with my dog, and to discover our shared world through her perspective, is more meaningful than I could have ever imagined!

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Photos courtesy of Sarah Loach, Lindsay Hayward, Jo Lock, Morgan Charpentier, Heather Mongiat, Katie Homan


Dana Pelzer
Canine Keeper for Skye & Summit

  • Double degree in Horticulture and Agronomy, Iowa State University


Growing up on a farm and having worked with plants my entire life, my passion for the outdoors and conservation is coming full circle being involved with my Finders in this work! 

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