In case we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, I am the Rescue Coordinator at LifeLine's DeKalb County Animal Services and also have the privilege of being Otter’s foster human mom and raiser. My job, in regards to Otter, right now is to ensure that he is a happy, healthy, confident puppy. Otter comes to work with me every day and comes home with me every night. We train at home, in the office, at grocery stores, malls, doctor’s offices and anywhere else in public we get the chance. While we are regularly working on his obedience and task training, he is a puppy before all else and has every right to express normal puppy behavior. As his confidence and distraction awareness increases, we will continue to introduce different commands and tasks for him to learn until he is ready to be placed with his family as a working service dog.
My husband and I are fortunate to have many wonderful friends and family members. And they know we are the proud Dads of Arlie, Atticus and Foster. And most importantly, they know all three are rescue pups, homeless when we brought them home.
Alexis is the jack of all trades: she fosters special needs dogs, she fosters kittens and she even helps out with our shelter marketing! We all kinda want to be like Alexis when we grow up. Read her inspiring volunteer profile below!
Jaye never shys away from the tough cases. During times where we've needed emergency fosters, Jaye has been there. When we desperately needed a foster for a hospice dog, Jaye stepped up. There's never a case too hard to handle for Jaye and this type of dedication and patience inspires us every single day. Read more about Jaye's story in our latest volunteer profile:
My first dog was a pit bull named Lulu. As a first-time dog owner, I had no clue what to do. We relied on the kindness of friendly faces at our local pet store and throughout this dog-loving city. Over time, I got the right gear and figured out a few things along the way. Of course, I also got a few things wrong.
Lulu didn’t judge.
She greeted each day with love and enthusiasm. Some of my best lessons came from the other end of the leash. Lulu taught me to recognize each day as a new opportunity. In honor of Lulu, I want to share a few tips that will beneficial for dog owners, particularly if it’s your first time with a dog.