Hi, my name is Trish Jagoda, owner and operator of Silverbrook Kennels. Though I was born in Beaufort, SC, to a Marine Corps family, I have been a resident of Virginia since I was 6 months old. Growing up, I always had pets. Most of my animal “companions” were dogs. On a daily basis, I would set up training sessions for my dogs on our front porch. I always wanted to teach them new things and figure out the best way to approach doing that. Back then we had Poodles or Schnauzers. They were always smart dogs; I gave them all the credit for the parlor tricks we all would perform for my Parents in the yard. It wasn’t until years later, and after graduating from Art School that I began to realize I may have an aptitude to speak their language. Then, and now, I couldn’t imagine my life without at least a few dogs in it!
For as long as I can remember, my parents, by their example and actions, sought to instill a healthy spirit of competition and independence in my brother, Jack, and me. My father, Maj. John M. Jagoda, Sr., was an Olympic Gold Metal Shooter, a Pan American Games Gold Metal Shooter, and a 26- time world record holder. Though my mother professes to not be an athlete, she loved to shoot the pistol with my Dad and would accompany him on a daily basis while he would practice at the pistol range on base. In fact, my Mother won the Wahini Pistol Shooting Championship while my father was stationed in Hawaii.
After my father retired from the Marine Corps, my parents opened a trophy and awards manufacturing business close to Quantico VA. We produced awards for schools, organizations and many government contracts. Through the years, our family company would manufacture specialty awards for many of the Field Trials and Hunt Tests through out the country. In fact, in my early years of competition, it wasn’t abnormal for us to supply awards for the events we would compete in. I usually made the awards that I wound up winning on a given weekend.
My mother opened her own antique business in our small town, which she operated from 1972 until 1989. She was well known by people traveling up and down the east coast who just had to stop in on their way through Fredericksburg. My Mother taught me quite a bit about honesty, drive, integrity and hard work. Growing up, I always admired her for the ability to make a living on her own in a time when women didn’t typically own their own businesses. I attribute my ability to persevere in tough times, from the life lessons taught by my Mother.
Upon graduating from James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg, VA., in 1975, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA on an art scholarship. Following my second year at VCU, I elected to pursue my passion for artistic design and photography, and so applied to and was accepted at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. I earned my degree in photography in 1980. In fact, I take most of the pictures for the current Silverbrook web page. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of dogs and wildlife.
After my father’s death, the family trophy manufacturing business was sold and I decided to pursue my life-long passion for working with animals. I am very fortunate to be able to use my artistic talent and my love for animals at Silverbrook Kennels. I designed the current Silverbrook Kennels from the ground up and have used my artistic passion and love for molding and teaching animals to design my own training program that works! I made my share of mistakes through the years, finally learning how to communicate in a way that dogs understand. I realized that if they understand what is expected of them, most of the time they will respond favorably to my requests. The success I enjoy today as a business owner and as a competitive dog trainer and handler have evolved from over 30 years working to perfect this program.
I believe in running a kennel business as though my own dogs are the only customers. Your dog should be treated and cared for in a way that is at least as good as what I would demand as a loving and responsible dog owner. I believe in respecting animals and finding a way to make them understand they are safe and loved when they are in my care. That belief is what led me to open my own kennel. I truly love the way my life’s work has evolved. I strive to show it every day with my passion and dedication to help make you and your dog the best team possible.