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Influence Positively Interview - Lisa Dossey

Lisa Dossey has loved animals since the time she was a tiny tot! She is honored to be doing what she loves and loves what she is doing! Lisa has worked in the animal welfare field for over 10 years. After moving to Colorado from the east coast, Lisa began volunteering at her local animal shelter; Lisa met and fell in love with an 8 month old Doberman/Lab mix. Lisa and her husband Brian and their fur child Bones, loved taking long hikes in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, while living in the ski town of Breckenridge. Lisa created and organized the first winter fundraiser for the Summit County Animal Shelter, and was also a member of LAPS (League for Animals and People of the Summit) offering assistance and support for local residents.

After moving to the Bay Area in 2001, Lisa began volunteering at the San Francisco SPCA, and was the top fundraiser for her team at the “DOGGONE FUN RUN” in 2006 at Golden Gate Park. All the proceeds went to the animals of the San Francisco SPCA and “PAWS”. She graduated from the San Francisco Dog Trainers Academy and completed their shelter in-house internship program. In 2005, Lisa attended the SF SPCA Public Class Curriculum workshop. Lisa is the current owner of Pups at their Peak Dog behavior consulting: offering private training, individual dog walking and dog and cat sitting, and she runs puppy and adolescent playgroups in Pacifica.

Lisa has written and introduced some new classes at the San Francisco SPCA: “Rocket Recalls” and “Loose Leash walking.” In loving memory of her beloved Bones, she recently offered the “Senior Dog Seminar” as well as a new class for just senior dogs and their people called “Senior Scholars” starting this fall. Lisa is an avid hiker, snow skier and reader. She completed her first half marathon in Lake Tahoe in honor of her girl, Bones, all shelter animals and turning 40! She is currently learning American Sign Language, with guitar and fiddle lessons next. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Healthy and happy loved ones. Cuddling with Bones and Brian in the mornings. Watching Bones roll in a scent; shred her plush toy; air hump and drool next to her favorite canine buddy; digging in the snow; watching her wiggle her stub and greet; and just being in her element, being joyful and being a dog. Reading the Sunday paper with Brian, and watching Bones read her “Sunday paper” - she loved to read a lot (taking in smells) on our hikes. 

Happiness is the “moment inside the moments” - where you wish you could stop time and are so incredibly grateful. Happiness would be all animals being loved and respected, a cancer-free world, and no more terrorism.

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be and why?

Dog! I love being outdoors and taking in the fresh air and sunshine! I would finally have an excuse for getting distracted with a nose that smells thousands of times better than my human counterparts! I would want to come back in a home and with a life like our beloved Bones: lots of love, physical and mental stimulation and belly rubs and foot massages!  

What is your pet’s most treasured possession?

For Bones, it would have to have been a tie between her blankets, stick and hedgy and buffalo bill toy. She loved to nuzzle under the blankets with just her nose peeking out :) She loved to fetch and collect big sticks! She loved to greet with that body wiggle and wagging stub with her hedgehog or buffalo bill plushy toy in her mouth - sometimes both at the same time.

Your proudest achievement so far?

Adopting and raising Bones. Writing and offering the recent Senior Dog Seminar at the San Francisco SPCA in Loving Memory of her.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Our girl Bones. She is my inspiration and best friend. She brought such a positive spirit into our lives, for teaching us to love so deeply and live in the moment. My mom for being such a huge supporter and positive presence - she has been through the death of my father and raised all of us, while managing to graduate from law school and support and love us all these years. My brothers, for their love, sense of humor, protection and support. My step dad, for his brave battle with cancer and grace until his last days. My husband, for loving Bones and I, and for being our best friend. My dear friends, for their love and support through all these years. Jean, Janis, Gina and Helen from the SF SPCA Dog Trainer Academy for bringing positive training to the forefront and changing the lives of so many dogs and their people. Sandra, Animal Care Attendant at San Francisco Animal Care & Control and Alan, Animal Care Attendant at San Francisco SPCA - for loving and caring for all those animals and being such positive people.



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