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Born and raised in Dallas, TX. Married to Tom, 23 years. I have one Border Collie mix, Britt, 14 years old and one grey Tabby, Nicholas, 8 years old. I have never been around horses but have always had dogs and cats and sometimes rabbits. I got my first dog when I was 3 and have been an animal lover ever since. I grew up with asthma so I got my first cat when I was a teenager. When I first met Tom, he was not a cat lover. He wouldn't admit to be one now but he picks Nicholas up and carries him around the house. I think this proves that he's a cat lover now. Nicholas doesn't like for me to pick him up at all. So we call it a "dad and lad" thing.
I have worked in the oil and gas industry since 1977. I currently work for EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. I am a Title Analyst who sets up and maintains mineral ownerships in mostly gas wells (vs. oil).
Some things I like to do: Run in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, volunteer for Susan G. Komen Foundation, weight training, read, cross-stitch, photography, Sea Doo on Lake Texoma, social activities volunteer at church, mentor a junior analyst at work.
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Identify rescues you support, other activities you have undertaken on TWR sites, what you have learned through following Barbaro and FOBs etc.
I am a long time member of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab, UT. It was my dream to visit the sanctuary and my dream came true last October. It's a magnificent place and everything I had heard it was. Angel's Rest, the pet cemetery, is a place I cannot put into words. The wind constantly blows hundreds of wind chimes and that is all you hear while you are there. It is the most peaceful place I have ever been.
I am a member of the SPCA of TX.
I support the Barbaro Fund, Laminitis Research Fund, $29 Fund and Friends of New Bolton.
I am a breast cancer survivor so just about everything that happens to me since undergoing treatments causes me to appreciate things more and I seem to be more emotional. I happened to watch the 2006 Kentucky Derby and saw the magnificent Barbaro's win. I missed the Preakness but when I heard about the breakdown, I immediately started following the story. What pulled me in was that the Jacksons didn't put him down on the track and were willing to give him a chance. That immediately told me they were good animal people. Then, seeing Barbaro's will to live connected me with him since I had been through a live threatening illness myself. I continued to watch his desire to beat anything brought his way and the dignity displayed by him while continuing to go on. It was a wonderful story to follow while so many negative things were going on at the same time.
I have cried more for the loss of Barbaro than any other living thing I have ever known, including humans. It's amazing to me that I can feel this way for an animal I never even touched. I know many have said they will never get over Barbaro and I know we never really get over a loved one, we only find a way to go on without them. I am so fortunate to have become a member of the FOBs, a group that did not disappear after the death of Barbaro, but continues to move on with a force to banish horse slaughter, help find a cure for laminitis and improve track surfaces to prevent future catastrophic injuries.
Other FOBs you have developed a network with through your activities.
The Lone Star Park FOBs have their own e-mail distribution list and we correspond with each other about horse related issues. One is a jockey who recently was injured and we are giving encouragement and prayers for his speedy recovery.
Questions from other FOBs
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