April 2016 – Meet the Team
When did you and Bailey become a team? – We became a therapy dog team in September 2013.
What other partners have you had? – Bailey is my first therapy dog partner.
In what type of facility are you visiting? – We have worked at Chandler Nursing Home, Warrior and Family Support Center, and San Antonio Military Medical Support Center (severe PTSD soldiers). We are presently serving the military with Red Cross, visiting both Ronald McDonald Houses, and participating as a StoryTails dog team at La Vernia Primary.
In what other Therapy Animals activities do you and your partner participate? – We volunteer for presentations, parades, college de-stressors and company wellness programs, and assist Red Cross, The Food Bank and Soldiers Angels in the Soldiers Pantry (monthly food distribution for qualifying veterans). Pet Partners sponsored a camp for dependent children of deployed military at Camp Flaming Arrow and Bailey was chosen along with 4 other dogs from South Texas to attend. Bailey was also honored last year to be King Anbarkio of the Fiesta® Pooch Parade.
Tell us something about your partner that we may not know. – Bailey also is in agility training and has competed in AKC and UKI trials..
What Therapy Animals leadership position(s) do you currently have? – Currently I am the Red Cross Coordinator for TASA supporting our military.
What other leadership positions have you had? – None.
Tell us something about yourself that we may not know. – I served as an Investigator with the Texas Attorney General’s Office ( 23 years) and retired 4 years ago. I currently maintain a Peace Officer Commission (Master Certification, Reserve status) with Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.