Board of Directors


Margaret Eggers, President
I came to pet therapy years ago because I adopted, and grew to love, a wonderful but damaged rescue schnauzer named Weston. During our struggles in training, our trainer thought he would make a great therapy pet. I thought that was highly doubtful, but patience, great training help, and a little gray dog with a big heart brought me into pet therapy and Love on a Leash. Turns out little Weston had a great love and sensitivity for older folks, and together we visited convalescent, rehab, and memory care units for many years. Daisy is our current therapy dog, a terrier/doxie mix, who especially loves reading with kids. Little blonde terrier mix, Toby, is our recent adoptee rescue, and hopefully will join his sister soon as a Love on a Leash therapy animal. I’ve served on the Board of Directors since 2008 and it’s a real honor to serve with such wonderful volunteers. Together, we are striving to help strengthen and improve the Love on a Leash organization, to keep it strong, vital, and growing into the future. For all they do for us, our animals are truly amazing for what they can do for others, in so many types of venues.

Bonnie Biggs, Vice President
Working with my two hounds to bring a smile and some comfort to others is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. As a retired librarian I especially love it when kids loosen up while reading with their arms around one of my girls. I’ve served on the Board of Directors since 2009.

Susie Blake, Secretary
I have been an active volunteer with Love on a Leash for about 11 years with my dog Joey. He recently has passed away and I now visit with my longhaired Dachshund, Lily. I also have a MaltiPoo named Launi that is certified. I’ve been on the Board of Directors since 2007, previously serving as Membership Secretary, and now as Secretary. Additionally, I am on the Guidelines Committee where we continuously update the forms and guidelines for the members and the website. I love everything Love on a Leash stands for. I truly look forward to all of my visits each week.

Keith Edleman, Membership Chair
I am a retired Director of International Sales for an electronics manufacturing equipment company, with 37 years in that industry. I spend the bulk of my time on Love on a Leash related items, and enjoying my four dogs. Darby is a mixed breed rescue dog, and was born to do pet therapy. The other three are Flat Coated Retrievers. The youngest, Shimmy, is also a therapy dog. I have to admit to sometimes feeling a little guilty since I often get more out of the pet therapy visits than those we are visiting. Not much in life is “Everybody Wins” like what we do. I’ve served on the Board of Directors since 2014.

Janet Greber, Treasurer
Murphy's favorite visits are with veterans, college students, and to the libraries where kids can read to him. He loves all the attention he gets and I love seeing the difference we can make together as a therapy team. I joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

Board Members

Sue Subkow
I have been volunteering with Love on a Leash since 2009. I work with my two English Cream Golden Retrievers, Kona and Charlie. I became involved with Love on a Leash after seeing how much joy the animals bring to the people they visit. I am the Chapter Leader for the San Diego Central Chapter and have served on the Board of Directors since 2013.

Meredith Rose

Julie Hernandez
Seeing the smiles that happen during a visit with my pups warms my heart, and I love to bring my dogs to those that need a minute or two to love on a furry friend. Whether visiting senior citizens, college students, individuals in drug and alcohol treatment or kids with special needs, the enjoyment of seeing my dogs sharing their love with others is only second to the joy spread across the faces of those we visit. I’ve served on the Board of Directors since 2016.

Rob Kelber
Those that love the ones we love, provide an instant bond that runs deep and is hard to accurately capture in mere words. The therapy teams, and the dogs in particular, are incredible magnets that draw human beings; they have to be experienced to be fully appreciated. I joined the Board of Directors in 2017. Love on a Leash rocks!

Dolores Dowdle

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