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.
|Randy Willox, Treasurer
I joined the board of Love on a Leash as Treasurer in December 2014. Having been involved in pet therapy for several years with our last two golden retrievers, I have seen the difference therapy pets make to the people we visit, providing some comfort and unconditional attention during our visits.
|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.
I started with Love on a Leash in 2002 with my Standard Poodle and now have a Maltese mix. We enjoy visiting elder care facilities, schools, and libraries. It is wonderful to see how much joy and warmth our dogs bring to those we visit. I’ve served on the Board of Directors since 2003.
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.
I joined Love on a Leash in 2014 and I’m certified with my two Golden Retrievers, Hope and Faith. Sharing my dogs with others and doing pet-provided therapy is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. Whether we’re visiting veterans, senior citizens, or college students, it’s heartwarming to see the difference a short visit with a dog can make. I’ve served on the Board of Directors since 2015.
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.
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.
I have been with Love on a Leash since 2003, when I certified my first therapy dog to join me as a hospice volunteer. Since then, I have visited many places with my therapy dogs, and met hundreds of wonderful people. Therapy Animals truly make the world a better place. I joined the Board of Directors in 2017.
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!