Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I volunteered to foster puppies and seniors. Currently I care for my foster elderbull, Syrtia, and attend meet and greets when I can. Syrtia has had a few medical issues so I have had to take her to the vet several times.
Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I started volunteering August 2016.
Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
My female elderbull, Maddie, passed away in April 2016 at the age of 14. I was pretty devastated after she passed. I started looking at other pitties online, and remember seeing both Stella and Ashoka (not sure I spelled that correctly) on Save-a-Bull’s website. I would periodically look on Save-a-Bull’s site as well as other rescue sites for dogs. I wasn’t ready to get another dog yet, but just wanted to look. I had two other dogs at home, Bruce my red elder Doberman, and Lil Pup a young chihuahua that I found and rescued. Bruce and Maddie were best buddies and her passing was hard on him too.
Fast forward a few months to July 2016. My best friend had the grand opening at her tattoo shop, Blackened Tattoo, in South Minneapolis. This is where I first saw Pippa who was also attending the grand opening with her foster parents, Lorelei and Ian. I remember seeing Pippa and went over to see if could pet her. I ended up chatting with Lorelei and Ian. In the course of our conversation they mentioned they needed fosters and that they were going to be getting some puppies in soon. After talking with them that evening I went home and filled out the Save-a-Bull foster application on-line. The rest is history.
Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
When I was asked to take in Syrtia I was grieving the loss of my Bruce, as I still am, and Syrtia has definitely been helpful for me in my grieving and healing process. She is such an amazing dog and I am so lucky to have her in my life. Syrtia had also had a loss as her owner had died and that’s why she was dropped off at St. Paul Animal Control. It’s ironic that the two of us found each other, and as I said I am lucky to have her in my life. It’s been really rewarding having her in my home, seeing her recover, and being the happy and loving dog that she is.
I have only had two fosters with Save-a-Bull since l started, and one was a fail. I really admire the commitment and dedication Save-a-Bull and all it’s volunteers have for pitties and dogs in general. It has truly been an honor becoming part of and working with such an amazing organization and group of people.
Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
Yes I have two dogs as I mentioned. Unfortunately my Bruce passed away the day after Christmas so he is no longer with me. However, I have Lil Pup who is a chihuahua that I found across the street from my house, and Hazel (formerly know as Ally from Save-a-Bull Summer Olympics litter). I also have three cats: Pede, Tiny Toot and Kitty. I love animals and would have a farm if I could.
Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am currently a full-time student and I am finishing up my doctorate in psychology. I have one year left and am trying to get my dissertation done. Besides being a student, I work part-time doing psychological assessments at a community based mental health agency.
I also work part-time at the Domestic Abuse Project and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. My schedule is so full I don’t have too much time for fun, but that’s where the dogs come in! I really don’t have much of a social life because school takes up most of my time. However, my dogs and I go on daily adventures which is always the highlight of my day. I love being outside and walking with all three dogs. When it’s too cold to walk we will walk on the treadmill, and/or play inside. I also enjoy taking classes with the dogs through Canine Coach. Hazel and I are taking the just tricks class right now. It’s a lot of fun and we go home and teach the other two dogs what we learned in class. We will also be taking a lure coursing class in June which we are looking forward to. In addition to hanging out with the dogs, I enjoy biking, gardening and going to various taprooms (with the dogs and my partner).
In addition to having dogs and cats, I have three kids. I guess good things come in threes.