runs exclusively on the steam of our volunteers' time and
energy and expertise. We are blessed with wonderfully talented
[read about our other featured volunteers]
This month, meet Lynne Bettinger, Pet First Aid Instructor
and Canine Massage Therapist!
spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry before leaving
corporate life to spend more time with my dogs. At that time,
I started Sundown Ridge,
Ltd., to design and sell quality gift baskets for pets
and pet lovers. The business has expanded to include all types
of gift baskets and corporate gifts. About the same time I
started the business, my husband and I got involved with cocker
rescue. Working with the foster dogs got me interested in
canine health so I became an American Red Cross pet first
aid instructor. As a volunteer for Red Cross, I teach pet
first aid classes (and human CPR/first aid classes,too), and
have also trained other Red Cross instructors to teach pet
company, Sundown Ridge, Ltd. is an authorized provider of
American Red Cross pet first aid classes. That allows me to
offer the class to groups (e.g., breed clubs, rescue groups,
dog training clubs, pet sitting companies, etc.) around the
Maryland/DC/ Northern Virginia area. Metropets, for example,
has had me bring the class to several different locations
in the past couple of years. I've spoken at all of MetroPets'
Disaster Preparedness For People With Pets seminars on the
benefits of learning pet first aid.
hat I wear is canine massage therapist and instructor. Massage
therapy is very beneficial for dogs of all ages and abilities,
helping geriatric dogs, working dogs (such as seeing eye dogs),
competitive doges (show, agility, flyball), and dogs recovering
from injury or surgery.
love working with dogs and certainly enjoy my new career more
than my old one!
other volunteer work has included helping two cocker spaniel
rescue groups: Cocker
Spaniel Adoption Center rescue group and Oldies But Goodies;
serving as a public member on Montgomery County's Animal Matters
Hearing Board; and as a volunteer for the Montgomery County
Police Department, I worked in the County's Animal Services
Division and was named the Department's Volunteer of the Year
in April, 2001. Though I'm no longer an active volunteer in
ASD, today I serve on the ASD Director's Advisory Committee.
Tyler, Camden, Marty, and Rusty
happy I can assist MetroPets as volunteer. They provide a
great service to the animal community, and their website has
a wealth of information available. I frequently refer people
there to find anything from dog trainers to information on
feral cats. Marty (elderly Cocker) and I participated in Pets
in Pearls, and last year I helped make dozens of dog-shaped
chocolate lollipops which were given to human participants
at Metropets' annual holiday
have 6 cocker spaniels: Buddy, Tyler, Camden, Marty, Rusty,
and Albear. They range in age from 8 years to around 16 years
old. I adopted Buddy from MCHS.
Camden, Marty, Rusty, and Albear were all adopted from the
Cocker Spaniel Adoption
Center rescue group.
check our web site for more stories about our volunteers. If
you are a volunteer and would like to submit your story, please
write to firstname.lastname@example.org!