My husband Mark and I became involved with Pets Helping People in 2008 after finding our Wheaten Terrier, Riley at HAWS the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha. Riley was a handful, and played very rough, until the day he meet a young child at PetSmart who was severely disabled. Riley instinctively knew this child was special, and was gentle, curious and patient. Riley let the child pull his ears, and give him a full kiss on the mouth. It was at that moment I knew, Riley was destined to do more than to be our pet. That’s when I found Pets Helping People. Since that day in 2008, we have been active members at PHP, and Riley has been volunteering at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital for over 6 years. When I’m not volunteering with Riley, I work as a director Northwestern Mutual. Giving back to others with Riley provides me with a profound sense of understanding how important dogs are to the human healing process. I was proud to be asked to serve this organization as a board member. There is no greater reward than seeing patients forget their problems and be in the moment with Riley.