Founders, Don and Mary Sterling built Quail Run in 1973. Don started working with dogs in 1963 with the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown, and joined the Suffolk County Police Department in 1965. In 1966 he became one of the original officers in the Department's newly formed K-9 unit. After a twenty-year career as a police canine officer, Don retired, and has been a fixture at Quail Run ever since. Mary has since retired to enjoy time with her grandkids.
Don continues to remain active in training, assisting police departments throughout the world with his articles and personal training seminars. He has lectured as far away as The Peoples Republic of China on the functions of the police service dog and offers the same level of obedience training in our classes for the home pet owner (see Training).