I lived my adult life as if I was living my bucket list, feeling 10′ tall and bullet proof! After some major crashing and burning, I found myself in a dark place, suffering from major depression and PTSD. After many years of therapy, hospital stays, and being afraid of my own shadow, I finally found myself ready to fight back against it.
I tried everything before realizing I was living in a poor me state of mind and I needed a way to move forward. Being a strong believer in Jesus Christ, I felt guided to do something much bigger than myself. Before I knew it, I was heading to Ethiopia to help set up a home hospice unit in a very poor area that was greatly in need of one. I found myself being taught what true struggles looked like by the women I cared for. The people we cared for had HIV/AIDS or Cancer, and many had dual diagnosis adding active TB to their list. They showed me what it looked like to truly live Philippians 4:4-9. My problems began to look less like problems and more like little mole hills that I, for some reason, chose to make a mountain of. This was a great lesson in life for me and a time that helped me refocus on living my life the way the Lord intended. Not in fear but in faith!
Being alone in Montana after the loss of my husband, I put my dog training skills back to work and began training Radar, who is now my search and rescue partner. I volunteered the time I had to train, certify, and be part of a team to help bring those who are lost, home.
After moving to Texas, I found myself searching for something to do along with my dog training and SAR volunteer work. That’s when I found Warriors Heart. I feel it was truly a God thing! I applied for a job opening and was asked instead to oversee the K9 program as the new kennel master. Now I can put my skills to work, doing what I love to do (training dogs), and know I am doing so to help those who have given so much to help me! Those who serve in our military, my brothers and sisters of law enforcement, firefighters and all others who put their lives on the line each and every day, hold a huge place in my heart. It is my honor to give back by training the Warriors Heart K9s to be the best emotional support or service dogs they can be. Thank you, Warriors Heart for giving me this opportunity and the Good Lord for leading me here!!