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About us


Florida West Coast Air Dogs is owned and operated by Barb Lentz and her husband John Gattignolo. FWCAD is located within the Dog Stars facility in Bradenton, FL (owned by Joyce St. Giermaine and Tim Seldin) which is a full service boarding, training, and grooming facility managed by Anna Calabrese, who is an award winning professional groomer and handler. Check out their website at


Here is some more information about Barb:

  • Originally from Pennsylvania

  • Graduated from the University of Florida

  • Teacher for 40 years with Sarasota County Schools

    • McIntosh Middle School (1969 - 1979)

    • Sarasota High School (1985 - 2010)

    • Sarasota Military Academy (2010 - Present)

  •       38 years of Dog Training Experience

    • Performing Animal Acts: B'Lees Performing Animals, Barbara's Borzois, and Pause for Paws Revue

    • Specializing in multiple breeds of dogs  

    • Agility Competitor 1996 - 2010:

      • AKC, USDAA, NADAC, and TDAA

    • National and Regional Qualifier for Agility: 1997 - 2000

    • Training Director for Dog Stars: 2005 - Present

    • Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving Competitions: 2010 - Present

    • Travels to tournaments nationwide

    • IDC Competitor: Atlanta, GA: 2012

    • Has titled multiple dogs in obedience, agility, flyball, lure coursing, and dock diving

    • Currently competing in Dock Diving with 4 dogs:

      • 1 Bulldog

      • 2 Border Collie 

      • 1 Belgian Malinois

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