October of 2014: Update to what I’m writing about and a possible blog transition:
As a writer, I’m beginning to focus on what I’ve learned as a parent: the transition years for adults on the autism spectrum (for parents) because of what I didn’t know when my son graduated from high school in 2005. My mission is to “leave no parent behind” as those of us with adult children (18 and older) on the autism spectrum challenge ourselves to INSIST on the best for our “kids.” The best way to find out when my next guest blog post is published is to subscribe to my new e-newsletter: Helping Adults With Asperger’s Syndrome.
Keep reading to find out how Healing Rescue Dogs get started and more about me. 🙂
Welcome to Healing Rescue Dogs. That’s me (the redhead in the photo) with Tessa – the cover diva on my book and the latest in a long line of dogs that have changed my life.
I live with my husband and our son in a small village along the Erie Canal that’s less than a 40 minute drive from the gorgeous Finger Lakes region of New York state.
I’m an Army brat – Until I turned 12 years old, I thought that every family lived on a military base. We lived all over the US and spent two years in Izmir, Turkey.
I can still count from 1-4 and say, “Throw out your trash!” in Turkish.
My professional background includes 17 years as an educator, 14 years of business experience and 7 years of head-over-heels, 24/7 dog rescue experience.
And a lifetime of living with dogs.
From 1991-1997, I was the Volunteer Director for the local chapter of a Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) organization, serving on the board of directors from 1992-1997.
It was a busy, exhilarating and sometimes heart-breaking time.
In my 7 years of volunteer experience, I helped temperament test over 200 dogs for placement into pet homes.
I also volunteered with Doberman, Boxer and Whippet rescue, assisted with Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluations and attended more dog shows and canine athletic events than I can remember.
Since 1991, my family and I have always lived with 2 or more dogs, which adds up to more than 20 years of integrating pack behavior into our lives. Six of our dogs were adopted from rescue organizations, three earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certifications and one, “Siouxy,” partnered with me in agility.
Presently, our canine family consists of Jasper, a 9 year old, black Great Dane, Josephine, a 14 year old Whippet, and Tessa, a two year old, 18 pound mix of what might be anything from Pharaoh Hound to Miniature Pinscher. You’ll have to check her out and let me know what you think.
Add two gentlemen cats into the mix and that’s all of us … at least for now!
Why I started this blog.
Shortly before starting Healing Rescue Dogs, I decided that I wanted to get back to the things that spoke to my heart all those years ago when I was eating, breathing and sleeping dogs.
I decided that I wanted to write about what I’d learned about dogs — what they had taught me; how they can change us if we learn how to listen to what it is that they have to say.
What should you do now?
Take some time to explore my blog posts – I’ve been writing for almost three years and you’re bound to find something you like.
If you’re looking for a shot of canine inspiration, come back often for the stories – the stories that might teach you something about yourself and the relationship you have with your own dog or the stories that will help you to understand something about yourself.
I’m an Amazon Best Selling Author!
On December 21, 2012, I published my first book, Love Always Wags Its Tail – The Dogs That Changed My Life. It reached the Number One Spot of the Amazon Best Seller list in its category on December 26, 27 and 28. The book is a collection of 12 narrative essays about the dogs in my life and how all of that began with my mom’s love for dogs. It’s available as a digital download or you can order the paperback version, both from Amazon.
My blog story starts here:
I can’t remember ever living without dogs – my mom’s dogs, neighbor dogs, or dogs I borrowed from friends during those first years on my own when I was renting and couldn’t have my own dog ….Read more.