What’s your history?
I have lived in the Pacific Northwest, both in Canada and the U.S. for most of my life. My father was in the Air force so he took our family overseas where we were fortunate enough to be able to travel to other countries and experience many different cultures. Over the last 30 years, my husband and I raised our family in Clark County where we continue to work and explore.
Tell us about your dogs.
For 13 years I got to wake up every morning and look into the imploring face of an English Bull Dog and start my day laughing. Pearly Mae snored, slobbered, snuffled and waddled her way into my heart. She had such a sweet disposition. Barkley, a golden retriever, was a tireless pleaser with a great zest for life. His main “job” was to trot down the driveway and retrieve the morning newspaper, much to the delight of our neighbors. Rafiki, our Havanese mix, is a rescue dog from the Southwest Washington Humane Society. He came to us with crushing anxiety and a fierce need to have a purpose. To help relieve his anxiety, we went to work learning a few parlor tricks. He sits on his bottom and begs for a manicure with both paws extended, gives high 5’s, lays down, rolls over, dances, plays dead then miraculously comes to life when I administer CPR!
What is your favorite thing about walking dogs?
I get to hang out with the cool kids and it’s fun! On our walks we check the p-mail and see how the neighbors landscaping projects are coming along. It’s a win/win for both of us! A side effect of walking includes maintaining healthy weight, strengthening bones, improving balance, and preventing heart disease. Not bad for a day’s work!
What experience do you have working with dogs and other animals?
I volunteered my time at the Southwest Washington Humane Society for a couple of years. I cleaned dog kennels, walked dogs, worked the Petco cat services, and helped with the auction and Hawgs For Dawgs Poker Run.
For fun I enjoy…
For fun I enjoy riding my road bike with the Vancouver Bike Club, reading, taking road trips and cooking.
If you had to eat the same meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Grilled fish tacos with cumin spiced sour cream, shredded cabbage, avocado, tomatillo salsa, and a glass of Pinot Gris.