I have loved dogs all my life. For as long as I can remember, there was at least one dog, usually several, in my home growing up. I guess my love of dogs came from my parents. Most were strays or rescues and all left paw prints on my heart. My wife and I had dachshunds as children so it is no surprise that we currently have four ruling our home. They are all girls ranging from 9 to 18.5 years young and are spoiled on a daily basis.
I first learned of Paw Patrol several years ago while working a booth at a rescue fundraiser. Brandi and another volunteer stopped by and told me about their organization and mission. I thought it was a great way to help dogs that are left alone to a life outdoors. I wanted to help. My volunteer activities have included repairing and transporting doghouses, outreach with dog owners, dog transport to the vet for spay/neuter operations, transporting donated items for the annual yard sale, and improvement of outdoor living conditions of dogs.
In addition to Paw Patrol, my volunteer activities include driving for a number of transport groups, fundraising for local rescues, and working to engage the voting public to become a strong voice for our companion animals at the statehouse to improve our laws protecting them. I also work to raise awareness about the large scale commercial dog breeding industry (puppy mills) in Ohio.
Nick has been a great asset to our team and he is always willing to help at a moment’s notice. He is also currently fostering Rosie, our sweet dachshund, who will be available for adoption very soon.