Laura served as Secretary from 2007 until the end of her term in 2009.
I am currently a graduate student at San Diego State University. I hope to eventually get a Ph.D. degree in the field of neurology and service animals. After living all my life on the East Coast, it was a cultural and environmental shock for me when I moved out to Colorado for a job. While it took me a while to adjust to Colorado, my furry crew LOVED living here due to the dry, high altitude climate which translate into no allergies, no suffering from high humidity/heat and sunbathing almost 365 days a year.
I was either born deaf or became deaf shortly after I was born (nobody really knows). I took my deafness for granted until one of my late Chinese Shar-Pei, Gazu, had an ear abalation surgery and rendered deaf instantly. He went into a major depression for 2 months. I was shocked over his reaction and it gave me a better understanding of what late deafened adults go through when they lose their hearing. Bear, who was my service dog in the past (now retired), took it upon himself to be Gazu's extra set of ears and always alerted Gazu to sounds before alerting me to the sounds. That drove me crazy, but Gazu was happy to be back in the barking foray of any noises that Bear alerted him to.
My current furry crew consist of Bear, a 13 year old Chinese Shar-Pei, retired service dog; Sweet Pea, a 3.5 year old Great Dane, current service dog; Little Whiskers, a 3.5 year old Chinese Shar-Pei/Jack Russell Terrier Mix, pet companion and Little Pea, a 4.5 year old domestic short-haired cat who believes he's a dog stuck in a cat body.