Greetings from the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Though I’m originally from northern Illinois, my wife, Stephanie, and I have called Minnesota home for almost 17 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 Alliance of Therapy Dogs since December of 2002, the last 12 years as a tester/observer. I was elected to the board of directors in June 2016 and have been serving as vice president since July 2021. I am honored by this opportunity to serve you and ATD.
Stephanie and I currently share our home with a rescued 7-year-old female Newfoundland, Ila, and a rescued 5-year-old Olde English Bulldogge, Henry. Ila joined us in June 2021, and Henry joined us on Halloween 2021. Both Ila and Henry became registered with ATD in June 2022.
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 two Neapolitan mastiffs (sometimes referred to as an Italian mastiff, but different than a Cane Corso), as well as a Saint Bernard, an Irish Wolfhound, and a Great Dane mix. Henry, our Bulldogge, is a slight curveball for us from the giant world. However, he is large for his breed.
Our Tosa Ken, Saint Bernard, and Dogue de Bordeaux all had the honor of being registered ATD dogs, as well. Over the years, my visits have included nursing homes, educational seminars, hospice, a local airport, hospitals, church services, and Girl Scouts. For better part of a decade, my focus had been on correctional facilities, including a federal prison, two county jails and a juvenile detention center. Since Ila and Henry became certified, my focus has been with mental health and substance abuse counseling.
In addition to 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 dog(s) 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!