Greetings from the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Originally from northern Illinois, my wife, Stephanie, and I have called Minnesota home for more than 10 years. A photojournalist and photographer by trade, I also spent a couple of years specializing in equestrian event photography. I have been a member of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs for over 16 years, the last eight as a tester/observer. I’m entering my fourth year on the board and second year as treasurer. I am honored by this opportunity and look forward to serving you and ATD.
Stephanie and I currently share our home with a rescued 2-year-old female Neapolitan mastiff, Theia Vesta, whom we adopted about a year ago. Theia still has some work to do, but if all goes as planned, she will become our next ATD-certified therapy dog.
Besides therapy work, Stephanie and I focus on rescuing giant breeds, especially rare mastiffs. We have owned a Tosa Ken (Japanese mastiff), a Dogue de Bordeaux (French mastiff), and a couple of Neapolitan mastiffs (sometimes referred to as an Italian mastiff, but different than a Cane Corso), as well as a Saint Bernard, Irish Wolfhound, and a Great Dane mix.
Our Tosa Ken, Saint Bernard, and Dogue de Bordeuax all had the honor of being registered ATD dogs. Over the years, my visits have included nursing homes, educational seminars, hospice, a local airport, hospitals, church services, and Girl Scouts. However, for the majority of the past decade, my focus has been on correctional facilities, including a federal prison, two county jails, and juvenile detention.
Besides therapy work, our Saint Bernard enjoyed hiking and carting. He even gave weight pulling a go. I love to hit the open road with my wife riding shotgun and our dogs in the backseat, ready to explore. If I’m not on the open road, there is a good chance you will find me in the kitchen cooking, my other passion. Last, but not least – if there is snow falling from the sky, I am usually one happy camper! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!
Please continue sharing smiles and joy!