Reflections with Pat Kasten – The Animal Whisperer



My guest tonight is Pat Kasten Long time animal lover and trainer. As a child she was called the animal whisperer because of her ability to connect and bond with them. During this episode we will discuss her interesting life with animals and some of the adventures she experienced. Besides having a gift with animals, Pat is a genuinely caring and funny person.

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Allison is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years. She has been involved in programs that value the human-animal connection including therapy dog work, obedience, agility, conformation, herding and field work. When her dogs encountered sports-related injuries, she was introduced to the field of canine rehabilitation and sport’s medicine. Her passion has been to recognize this human-animal bond and what we can learn from animals, which improves our own quality of life by allowing us to experience their unconditional love, devotion and intelligence.

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Pat Kasten (& Rip!) - A Guest on The Animal Academy Podcast -- St. Louis, MO USAPat Kasten: 

Being able to connect with animals has always been a passion of mine. From a young child I have always been called the animal whisperer because I had such a calmness with animals and could connect with them. I raised a wild baby squirrel that had fallen out of our tree and with the help of my Grandfather we taped its leg that was broken and put it in a crate to feed and take care of. Whiskers as I named her, began to trust me and eventually would eat out of my hand. When she healed and was let go, she always came to me when I called for her and ate treats that I would give her.
I also broke horses (in my younger years) and earned their trust with working slowly with them, letting them know that I wasn’t going to hurt them. I spent hours just in their stall talking to them and petting them to start our bond. Without much trouble I was able to mount them and start to train them in their gates.
The one thing I’m most passionate about is training dogs. The strong bond you build through training and working with them is so rewarding. My dogs are my best friends and are spoiled rotten but know and respect that I’m the alpha. Watching a dog learn and that is excited about learning is a thrill in itself.
1964 – Joined the Decatur Dog Obedience Club and was a junior trainer.
1971 – Joined the German Shepherd Dog Club of St. Louis and was an active obedience trainer and treasurer of the club.
1976 – Started my own business, Sharopa’s Obedience School, SOS for help, training all levels of obedience
1986 – Became an American Kennel Club Obedience Judge
2016 – Helped start up Dardenne Retriever Club, a new Hunt Test/Field Trial Club in the St. Louis area also the Treasurer.
Throughout the years I’ve put titles on German Shepherds, Welch Pembroke Corgi’s and Golden Retrievers titling to a Utility title and also one very special OTCH, Obedience Trial Champion on one of my Goldens Rip, in which I also put a TD tracking title on. Now I’m involved in field training with my two Goldens which both have their Senior titles and training for their Master title. The more I can learn and teach my dogs, the better!