For those who get the Paws and Stripes Newsletter, this blog will be taking the place of "From the DoE's Desk" in addition to other topics as they come up. Posts will range from program updates to general training or service dog related topics (and maybe the odd wild hair, just because).
We are very excited about the prospect of increasing our capacity. Each new Trainer has their own strengths and will enhance the program in their own unique way.
As I have done in the past, I will dedicate a whole post to each of them in the months to come. But here is a little teaser to give you a taste of our new talent and what each of them brings to the table:
served as a United States Marine and is a Paws and Stripes Graduate. He and his service dog Pepper finished the program in January 2012.
was one of our interns and impressed us so much that we asked her to become a member of staff. She has a degree in Psychology and Anthropology and experience working with individuals with various medical conditions.
has experience training pets at an international pet store chain and has an education in companion animals and introductory speech pathology studies. She relocated from over three hours away to join the Paws and Stripes family.
Normally, I prefer more candid shots, but I am breaking the newbies in slowly so everyone got a few seconds warning that the camera was coming out. I even let them mess about in front of a mirror before they got to pose for their pictures.
I hope they enjoyed it because it probably won't happen that way very often in the future!