Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a- Bull?
I volunteer most of my time as an event manager. I help with set-up, take down and clean up after events at local pet stores. During the events, I act as a contact point between visitors to the event and the dogs/handlers. I answer questions about the rescue and our adoption process and I try to help guide potential adopters towards any dogs I think might be a good fit.
Q: How long have you been with Save-a- Bull?
Summer of 2013
Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
My boyfriend and I were wandering around the PRIDE festival in Loring Park, petting all the dogs. We both grew up with dogs and missed being around them since moving to the Twin Cities. We came upon a super cool tent with super cool people (I think Jake had pink hair…) and we started snuggling some of the puppies. I’m not sure if it was the puppies or the pink hair, but Save-A-Bull set itself apart as the rescue I wanted to get involved with. I’ll admit that my motives weren’t completely altruistic- getting involved with a rescue was a great way to get my “dog fix” and take a break from the stress of grad school. It just so happens that it also helps save some of the sweetest and most misunderstood dogs around, which is a massive bonus.
Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
I can’t pick just one experience- every event I do is awesome. I think my favorite part of being involved is connecting with dogs who might never have known what it’s like to be part of a family before being brought into rescue. It’s great connecting with other people who are as obsessed with dogs as I am.
Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
Yes, one (for now… 😀 ). His name is Franklin (FKA Otis, Save-A-Bull alum, Spring 2014) and he’s some kind of boxer/whippet/pittie mix. We adopted him literally as soon as we moved to our first dog- friendly apartment and he’s pretty much the center of our world. Franklin also has two parrot brothers, Bailey (Quaker Parrot) and Coconut (Lovebird).
Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
Right now, I’m finishing up my PhD in Chemistry at the U of M. I spend a lot of time in lab, making molecules and testing those molecules in cells. My research is focused on learning more about cellular dysfunctions that lead to diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS with the long term goal of helping other researchers better understand how these diseases progress so we can work on developing better treatments. I’m hoping to graduate sometime this upcoming spring. Will and I really want to stay in the cities after we graduate, if for no other reason than to stay involved with Save-A-Bull!
For fun, I like downhill skiing, running, beer, and wine (usually not all at the same time). I love learning whatever I can about dog behavior and putting that to good use in training Franklin (he’s a work in progress, but we love him anyway). I’ve also recently developed a jewelry making obsession.