Colleen is currently an assistant instructor in the
Beginning Obedience Classes and instructor for the Rally Class.
Colleen, a Veterinary
Technician, brings to Alchemy a lifetime of care and training of
animals. She began with her first Borzoi, Phaedra Prince of Thieves
(a.k.a. “Meelo”), training for obedience and conformation in her home
addition, Colleen and Meelo also worked as a pet therapy team in
Colleen has immersed herself in
all aspects of animal care and training.
With longtime friend and mentor Kris Ashton,
she assisted with running her boarding kennel and participating in many
of her obedience classes.
Colleen went on to become Ms. Ashton’s
training assistant and occasionally taught her obedience classes to
After college, Colleen went on to
teach dog grooming and training at
before a dramatic lifestyle change took her to
where she became an assistant trainer of Bengal Tigers.
She and her husband Khris, worked together
to establish a trust and relationship based method of raising and
This method of training tigers had been
previously unknown and untried in the training of wild animals.
For ten years they
entertained thousands of people with their educational and heart-warming
presentation of their group of
Since retiring from the
exhausting life as tiger trainers, Colleen and Khris have happily
immersed themselves once again in training dogs.
The Allen's currently share their lives with :
Zarievo, RA, CGC Borzoi; Echo Zarievo, CD, CGC Australian Cattle Dog; Zarievo Blue, CGC Australian Cattle Dog; Zarievo Kokoda