Puppy Raiser – Amanda Prater

By | 4 Paws University, University of Dayton, University of Kentucky, Volunteer

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Name:  Amanda Prater 
School/Degree:  University of Kentucky, B.A. Psychology 
School/Degree:  University of Dayton, School Psychology Graduate Program
Dogs fostered:  8

My experience as a college foster for 4 Paws for Ability has been invaluable. I began fostering for 4 Paws during my undergraduate career as a junior at UK. While at UK, I fostered 4 dogs: Josta, Chewbacca (Chewie), Robin, and Beyoncé. Each dog taught me a different life lesson, but all-encompassing, I learned the importance of time management, flexibility, consistency, routine, patience, persistence, love and companionship. 

After graduating from UK with a degree in Psychology, I was thrilled when I was accepted to the School Psychology Program at the University of Dayton for graduate school. When I moved to Dayton, OH and started attending graduate classes at UD, I learned that they did not have a 4 Paws College Program on campus despite its close proximity to Xenia, OH (where 4 Paws is located). Thus, it quickly became my goal to bring a ‘4 Paws college program’ to UD. After several meetings and emails, I was approved to foster the first 4 Paws dog on UD’s campus, and his name was Crash! Since then, I have fostered Lotus, Ziva, and now Ponyta. I am so excited to say that UD now has an official 4 Paws College Program; we had eight dogs on campus during Fall 2016, and we currently have six dogs on campus this semester (Spring 2017). 

Overall, I have fostered eight dogs, and each one will forever hold a special place in my heart. These dogs brighten other’s days each and every time they are out socializing, but nothing compares to the joy I feel, as a foster, when I attend graduation ceremonies at 4 Paws for Ability. When I see the smile on the child’s face when they meet their service dog (the dog that I helped raise), I cry, and feel so proud and overjoyed! Being a part of this process has been an absolute gift. I will cherish this experience and all the memories for the rest of my life.

Puppy Raiser – Linda Moodie

By | 4 Paws University, University of Dayton, Volunteer

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Name: Linda Moodie
School: University of Dayton
Major: Industrial Engineering Technology 
Dogs: Figaro for a semester at UD and Fantastic for about a month after graduation as a traditional foster

Fostering through 4 Paws has been life-changing. It taught me about all the people that build the team and the hard work it takes to get a dog ready to be a service dog. This had always been something I was curious about due to my dogs, but it was so different than I could have ever imagine, in a good way! It also gave me the ability to have and take care of a dog, which was something I never got to do growing up. It taught me the responsibilities of having a dog, along with all the extra responsibility that comes with fostering a service dog. As an engineering student, I had to really budget my time even more than normal to make sure I was taking care of myself along with my foster dog. The 4 Paws program is like a family and it has been so fun getting to know the other people involved in the program. I think that my favorite thing so far has been socializing in public because not only do we get to give our dog new experiences, but we also get to share our story with people we meet and educate them on the process. Fostering with 4 paws has been much more than just volunteering to me and I hope to continue doing this for many years to come!

Puppy Raiser – Amy Brentlinger

By | 4 Paws University, University of Dayton, Volunteer

Amy BrentlingerMeet a Puppy Raiser

Name: Amy Brentlinger
School: University of Dayton
Dogs fostered: 1

My name is Amy Brentlinger and I’m studying Psychology at the University of Dayton. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to foster Fantastic as my first 4 Paws dog. She plays like a puppy, sleeps like an old lady, and brings so much joy to everyone she meets. I’ve first hand seen how a dog’s presence can positively impact people. I love her like she is my own dog, but I feel a greater responsibility than that to her because I know she has the potential to serve a family and give them the joy she has given me and my handler team. I hope to continue to be involved with 4 Paws for Ability long after Fantastic is out of my care!