Puppy Raiser Showcase: Kate

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Maggie, basically forced me to become a part of 4 Paws, and for that I’m infinitely grateful! Maggie is my sorority twin sister, and she was so passionate about 4 Paws and about eventually becoming a handler that it was contagious. There was no way to listen to her talk about her experiences without desperately wanting to join yourself (and trust me, it’s still that way).

Since we were becoming roommates this year, we applied to be handlers through 4 Paws at Ohio State, and anxiously waited to hear. I spent all of last summer watching Roen from the Gracelings litter, and that was it, I was in love. What sent me over the edge was bringing Roen to visit my grandmother in the hospital: Roen spent the entire time curled up across my grandmother’s lap, giving her immense love and comfort.

Maggie and I had the privilege of fostering Luther from the Activist litter beginning in August, and I’ve never loved a creature more. Luther made me kinder and more patient, and he was the most incredible, loving and well behaved foster you could ask for. He brought such life into our lives, and everyone who met him was impressed by this incredible dog. If any dog deserves to be a service dog, it would be Luther, and saying goodbye to him as he began advanced training was one of the most gut wrenching things I’ve done. It’s so bittersweet, and I’m so proud. Being a part of this organization as a sitter and a handler has helped me grow in ways I didn’t think were possible, and have given me the most incredible opportunities to change lives, and be a part of something bigger than myself.