Jay, his wife Erin, and their children, Jack and Piper, live in Brownstown, Illinois, just outside Vandalia. Jay is a dentist in Vandalia where he was born and raised. In August 2003, Jay's love for the outdoors, hunting and dogs led him to buy his first hunting dog, a Labrador Retreiver, from Mike Stewart's Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Mississippi. Thereafter, Jay became passionate about training and handling well-bred gun dogs, and Mike Stewart, a renowned trainer, became Jay's mentor.
In 2005, Jay became an associate trainer for Wildrose, giving him more opportunities to perfect his training and handling skills, while working with Mike. He also was able to spend more time with Mike on a one and one basis and learn from him. Another benefit that came with being an associate trainer was the opportunity to meet Wildrose partners from the UK. One of the partners that has been very influential to Jay is Nigel Carville of Northern Ireland.
Years passed by and Jay’s friendship with Nigel increased and his relationship with Wildrose grew. It was on a trip to England in February of 2013 with Mike Stewart to visit Nigel that he met Ian Openshaw. Ian, Nigel, Mike and Jay rabbit hunted over Ian’s Cockers. After that hunt Jay knew that he wanted a Cocker. In mid-2013, Jay imported his first cocker, Kenine Wild Lavendar (Cassie).