Having started in the performance dog world in 1991, Marcy successfully showed her golden retrievers in obedience, tracking, field and agility. In 1996 she started Suffolk-Nassau Agile Paws, a popular dog training school on Long Island, with her sister Lise. 10 years later she gave up her 25-year career as a court reporter to work with dogs full time.
About that same time, after helping Gayle raise and test many of her litters, Marcy also started co-breeding with Gayle. Breeding and raising healthy, stable dogs soon became a true passion for her! Having trained thousands of puppies and adult dogs over the years privately and in classes, Marcy jumped at the chance to share her knowledge with a wider audience when Gayle invited her to partner with her in Avidog. Now Marcy shares her passion for both breeding and raising litters as well as teaching new puppy owners how to bring out the best in their puppies with people around the world!
Marcy has been happily married to her wonderful husband Jim Burke for 26 years. They currently share their lives with their golden retrievers “Scoop” – Gaylan’s Triple Talent SH AX AXJ NF WCX VC CCA and their newest addition “Titch” – Gaylan’s Two-Millimeter Shift.