You should probably know a little bit more about Barbara. She is a definite regular at the shelter, so you might run into her no matter what day you're there. Ask her about her grandchildren, doesn't every grandparent love to talk about their grandkids? Barbara, you don't look old enough to be a grandma!
What do you do when you're not at the shelter?
I am a retired Jazzercise Instructor and still attend classes regularly. I spend lots of time with my two young grandsons and I'm also an avid quilter.
Why did you initially decide to volunteer at BACS?
My husband John (also a volunteer) and I moved back to the Bay Area after living in the San Juan Islands for thirteen years. We had THE most wonderful irrepressible Cocker Spaniel who lost his battle with cancer shortly before we moved. Both of us were devastated but not quite ready for another dog. I met another BACS volunteer at my Jazzercise class who was so enthusiastic about the shelter that I immediately signed up for the orientation.
What are your favorite things about volunteering?
I love being able to come to the shelter any day, any time and know that I am making a difference in the lives of our precious dogs. Sometimes just sitting in a kennel with a frightened dog is all that's necessary. Some of the dogs like a slow stroll in the park, some like a wild race around the lake, some just want to nap on your lap. I love getting to know the distinct personalities of each of them and my mission is to brighten their day in any way possible.
Who are your favorite dogs, past and present?
Roscoe is my current favorite....he's the gorgeous one in the photo. He is the sweetest, most loving, adorable guy! My very first love was Shona, the white German Shepard. Then there was Radio, the black pit bull. Oh, and remember Romy, the black Chow? She was completely matted and scared but after hours and hours of daily combing she became our shelter Supermodel. Of course, Angel was the dog who touched my heart the most.