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Center Snapshot - Janis Hunt
Janis Hunt.
Image above: Janis Hunt with her black Flat-Coated retriever pups. Credit: Sean Smith.

Janis Hunt has been a "dog" person since her sophomore year in high school, when she was allowed to bring one into a household that at various times had up to 20 cats.

"That was a Heinz 57," she says of her first dog, which had a rather uncertain pedigree.

The pedigree of the dogs she has now is extremely definable.

Hunt, a legislative assistant to the center's government relations office, supervises 17 administrative support workers for Tessada & Associates. She also is a dog breeder, but with a twist. Eight black Flat-Coated Retriever pups, born on December 19, were the product of a union between a female she co-owns and Hunt's male Champion Spring Valley Moonstone UDMHWCX.

The acronym's are short for "Utility Dog, Master Hunter, Working Certificate Excellent," by the way.

Hunt's dog died in 1999, and the pups were the issue of a mother who was artificially inseminated with sperm that had been frozen for almost a decade.

"We call them a 'Pop-sicle' litter," Hunt says, laughing.

Call them working retrievers in waiting. The pups are already being trained to retrieve ducks, shot down over water.

"These are waterfowl dogs, not upland game," Hunt says.

They represent just one of Hunt's avocations, sharing time with working out in a local gymnasium, going to the beach, traveling and helping plan another Michelob ULTRA Open, a Ladies Professional Golf Association event in Williamsburg.

Hunt works as an office manager for player transportation, overseeing courtesy cars for the top 75 players on the LPGA money list and making sure that the other players in the tournament are driven to any destination they desire.

"I usually work the night shift," Hunt says of tournament week. "That means I go to work at 11 in the morning and sometimes get off at 2 a.m."

She has spent more than 40 years at NASA Langley, 37 of them as a civil servant. "I came here when Floyd Thompson was center director," she says. "Not many people can still say that."

She stays because "I've had so many good experiences here," Hunt says. "I've enjoyed it. It wouldn't be wrong to say that this place has been part of my family."

Her goal is to continually fill the gap in her life.

"I figure that there's a number when you begin and there's a number at the end, and in between there's a dash," Hunt says. "I want to get as much out of that dash as I possibly can."

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