Having created and managed Corporate Volunteer Programs for The Estēe Lauder Companies Inc. for 24 years as Vice President of Community Outreach, Sue is devoting her time in “retirement” to developing unique programs utilizing the human-animal bond.Sue is a Certified Animal Assisted Therapy partner with her poodles, Coco the Love Dog Kirby and Benny. Sue’s dogs are rescued canines with special needs and spread the message “you don’t have to be perfect to be perfect.”
Sue has participated in several national therapy programs, including Angel on a Leash, Bideawee, Delta Pet Partners and ASPCA. Sue is a Certified Delta Pet Partners Team Instructor and Evaluator for Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities and can test dogs, cats, pocket pets and horses! She currently fields her own teams of therapy partners for the Las Vegas area.
Now a full-time dog trainer in Las Vegas, Sue is a licensed AKC instructor and a member of the National Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Sue also writes a Pet Column for Examiner.com and her articles can be found at http://wwww.examiner.com/x-9149-Las-Vegas-Therapy-Dogs-Examiner
Coco the Love Dog was an insulin-dependent diabetic with double cataracts, severe allergies and profound hearing loss — and came into Sue’s life when she herself was recovering from a life-threatening illness. Kirby was adopted from Las Vegas’ Heaven Can Wait Pups on Parole program and is also living with many health challenges. Benny had tremendous emotional issues when Sue adopted him and he too is now an inspiration to others. Their message is one of acceptance, working through adversity, finding the life-work balance that fulfills your purpose and the celebration of the healing power of pets.
Since relocating to Las Vegas, Sue and her canine companions formed Love Dog Adventures to bring her team of certified Delta Pet Partners dogs and cats to the community. They are currently partnered with several health facililties, educational programs and very unique enironments where the healing power of pets is most critical. The volunteer Pet Partner team members provide over eighty hours a month sharing the healing power of pets with the community.
The newest member of Sue’s family is Benny, adopted from Heaven Can Wait in August 2010. After just six months with Sue and Kirby, Benny too became a Delta Pet Partner therapy dog. Learn more about Sue and her dogs at:
Update August 2010: Coco the Love Dog lost her battle with brain disease and has entrusted the Love Dog programs to her brothers, Kirby and Benny. Her spirit lives on in each and every animal trained by Sue, Kirby and Benny.