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.