Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
The majority of my time has been fostering 23 puppies, getting them ready for their forever homes.
Q: How long have you been with Save-a- Bull?
In July 2014 I was approved to become a foster, and picked up my first foster pup on August 9.
Q: How did you learn about Save-a- Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I had recently put my Dalmatian Perdy down after 13 beautiful years with me. I didn’t want to replace her, but I needed to fill the void. My neighbor Brigette Mengerson posted that Save-a-bull had puppies coming in via transport and foster volunteers were needed. I talked to her about the commitment duties, etc. She said the puppies would be adopted within weeks after their arrival. She lied.
Portia, my first foster pup stayed with me for six months. I didn’t want to give Portia up and was sad when the approved application arrived, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to foster any more pups if I were to foster fail with her. So I reluctantly took her to her new home when the family fell in love with my little girl and two weeks later she was adopted on Valentine Day. Best decision ever as I have had 22 pups adopted since Portia. I always tell myself, and other fosters, don’t get attached because you can’t bring another pup into the house until the one you have is adopted.
Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
I would say that having 22 pups from 2/15 to now and knowing they are all in wonderful homes is enough reward for me. If I had a larger house and larger yard, I would take on more pups, but for now 1 or 2 puppies is my limit.
Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I have 3 dogs of my own. When I first started volunteering, I only had 2 pups. Bella (golden retriever mix that was my dad’s dog) and Nova (chocolate lab/pit mix that was my nephew’s dog). After Portia left, I was given Vadar (Dobie/Pin/Chi mix). I think my family thought I was depressed after Portia was adopted that Vadar would fill the void. Wrong, I wanted to continue to foster, and decided that since Vadar was so small, I could handle at least one foster pup with no problem.
Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I’m officially retired but I still design the newsletter and annual report for one of my credit union clients. I’m not taking on new clients, I just do the work to earn a little spending money each year. Weather permitting, I walk my dogs individually for exercise. I am an avid sports fan of football, basketball, baseball & soccer. In the spring/summer, I coach and play softball. Everyone in the league knows I’m the player with all the foster pups. I enjoy seeing my pups all grown up and they all still remember me and give me lots of puppy kisses. In the winter, I have taken to binge watching shows that I missed because I would work 24/7 and had no time for TV or movies. I used to read a lot, but watching old movies and TV series is more fun.