Truth about Pet Food With Susan Thixton today on Its A Dogs Life with Angela Ardolino only on Cannabis Radio. Susan Thixton Animals have always been a big part of Susan's life. Her first dog as a child was a red Doberman named Duke that she competed in obedience trials with. Back then, it was standard to teach dogs using force. Even at 11 years old, and in defiance of those who were teaching her ‘how to train my dog’, Susan refused to hurt her best friend. Her kind methods of training paid off, out of a possible 200 points, they consistently scored 199 and 199 1/2 in competitions. Duke was her best friend and he was treated with respect; he returned the love tenfold. At 15, Susan's parents bought me a horse for her birthday. Susan went from showing dogs to showing horses. Her respect for animals continued with her horses; she had the number one Quarter Horse gelding in the State of Kentucky for several years. Susan then went to college on a horsemanship scholarship; taking three horses with her to school.