Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October's Volunteer of the Month


With Laura's musical abilities, can a BACS theme song be far off? I think not.

Thanks for all you do for the shelter, Laura!

What do you do when you're not at the shelter?

My 2 pittie girls, snagged from the streets of Richmond, a 16 y.o. chow/golden boy who was living under a house for 6 mos. when the people moved out, and various fosters keep me busy and constantly amused. I have been boarding since 1989 and was featured in Tufts veterinary magazine ‘Your Dog’ in May 2003 as a pioneer in home boarding. People thought I was crazy 20 years ago when I told them doggie daycare would be the wave of the future!

I have started a neighborhood watch which has decreased crime dramatically on our block and brought neighbors together.

I am a singer/songwriter working on my 3rd CD, blessed to be working with the phenomenal guitarist Garth Webber, who played with Miles Davis, Robben Ford, Cold Blood and other luminaries. There are 19 songs here:

I am a devoted Giants fan and need comedy to survive!

Why did you initially decide to volunteer at BACS?

I was initially very unsure about volunteering but met so many wonderful folks who I admire greatly for their dedication, inspiration and caring that I overcame my trepidation. Thank you Tom, Barbara, Ferne, John, Paula, Karen, Pam and Ilene and Alan. Tim is wonderful and cares deeply…the dogs and volunteers are so lucky to have him! I also enjoy helping people adopt the dog who is right for them and running into BACS alumni at Pt. Isabel and seeing them thrive! I would like to create a more calming environment for the dogs and visitors by utilizing music through the PA, which would be cut when announcements are made. With the present system it can't be done because there is no cut off capability. I know several sound men who would be happy to advise on the right set up for the new shelter.

Laura, with Karen and Barbara. Good thing Reggie was there to monitor this situation.

What are your favorite things about volunteering?

I love helping the frightened and overwhelmed dogs find confidence, learn that walks, focus and manners are good things. I am drawn to the ones who are overlooked because they’re too old, had too many puppies, are too wild or aren’t ‘pretty’ enough. They are the ones I find most beautiful. The play area is my favorite spot because some just need to zoom zoom and walks are not enough. Everyone learns better when they’re tired! I have been cleaning up the area and want to get desperately needed fresh woodchips and toys.

Who are your favorite dogs, past and present?

Reggie, Felix, Claudia, Harley, Claudette, Lavender, Gort! and all the bubbaheads. I must confess I have a weakness for the special seniors.




Angel1Ruiz said...

It's because of special people like you that bring hope to this world.

Anonymous said...

And seeing you in a kennel holding and caring so much for a sick dog that might not make it brings tears to my eyes. They're so lucky to have you.