About Us

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I met Piki at the Rio Rancho, NM Shelter in April 2013. She had been found roaming the streets and needed a good home. It was love at first sight for me and I adopted her a few days later.

She is a beautiful blue merle with amber eyes that seem to follow you everywhere. Piki (rhymes with sneaky) explains how she got her name and what breeds she is in her book, so I won’t tell you now.

Piki and I both went into training that fall. She was training to be a Service Dog and I had to train her in order to be a Service Dog Instructor/Trainer. Neither of us was very good at our training at first, but with perseverance, we both graduated.

Piki is mischievous, independent, stubborn, funny at times, loving always, entertaining, caring, calming, and excellent at reading emotions. She was wild and crazy when we found each other but now is a sweet, well-behaved Service Dog.

My biography

I am a baby boomer who has had several jobs, lived in many states, worked in many genres and media drawing and painting, have traveled both domestic and foreign, played drums through college, hammered dulcimer in a band, and used to enjoy river trips and backpacking before my body told me I’d done enough of that.

I love to travel and have done a lot of it. Whether I’m experiencing new cultures or new wildlife, I always have my camera with me. I’ve been to forty-nine states. Hawaii is still calling to me but I have seen it from the air on my way to Australia. That doesn’t count. My absolute favorite place to visit is Italy…the people, the land, the food, the history, the art, and the list goes on.
My job experience has been mostly in healthcare, especially Pediatrics as a Respiratory Therapist and then Physician’s Assistant in North Carolina and here in New Mexico.

I’ve worked as a volunteer at the Children’s Grief Center in Albuquerque since 2017 as a Bereavement Facilitator, helping 5-10-year-olds deal with the loss of a loved one. Those kids teach me so much.
Although writing books came later in life, I was well known in high school as a storyteller with a sense of humor and I was also known for my letter writing, which is certainly a lost art now. After Piki and I write her series about her training and adventures, I’d like to write a memoir of my trips to Europe, from 1968 to 2008.

I’m blessed to have a wonderful family and still get together with friends I’ve known since I was a child. Sharing time with friends and family has enriched my life greatly.


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