I was born and raised in Detroit. My father was of Mexican decent born in Texas and my mother was of Irish decent born in County Cork, Ireland. I was raised in the Irish culture. I was educated in the Catholic school system and I was fortunate to get a really good education. I had one sibling, a sister who helped raise me. She passed away in 2007. Both my parents have passed away. I have one son named Donald and he is my greatest accomplishment. He is a remarkable person who shares the same love of animals as I do. He lives in Seattle with his live-in girlfriend named Elizabeth and works at Boeing.
I learned early on the importance of giving back to family and community by two parents who led by example. My love for animals began as an adult when I got my first cat a male that I named Schroeder after the Peanuts character. Then came another cat and then a menagerie of little animals followed and then came my journey with dogs. Animals hold a special place in my heart. I have had three Rottweiler dogs and although I love all dogs they are my very favorite breed. My Rotties display the true nature of the Rottweiler because I have them so well trained they become either a Service or Therapy dogs.
I don’t have the answers to the big questions in life. I am still on my road to discovery. And yes, I have been incredibly fortunate even though I have had my share of challenges. They are our greatest teachers. I have a wonderful family, great friends, loyal staff members and two dogs that hold the key to my heart.
Humans are the most extraordinary creatures, and a big part of me still wants to reach an even greater understanding about who we are. Not because I need to know more, necessarily, but because I am drawn to the process of discovery. If someone asks me what makes me the happiest, it is never anything I can quantify like a house or possession or something I can touch. It is the spirit of the human being, which can fill me with more joy than anything in the world. And that’s what I’ve learned on my journey, that my spirit is uplifted by these encounters. I believe there is more positive good in the world than bad.
I now have a rescued 7-year old Wheaton Terrier named Osito “Little Bear” and an 8-year old Rottweiler a gentle giant named Solomon. I love coming home from work to my two dogs wagging their tails and so happy to see me. I love sitting down on my comfortable Lazy-Boy chair with the dogs next to me watching TV. I feel like I am at the gates of heaven and it doesn’t get any better than that for me.