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
Volunteering with my two hounds, Koshi and Zuni, to bring a smile and a small measure of comfort to others has been the most rewarding work I have ever done.  As a retired librarian, I especially love it when kids loosen up while reading with their arms around one of my girls.  Sadly, Koshi crossed the rainbow bridge in 2017 after 9 years of service, but I am happy that Zuni continues to honor her memory today.  I have served on the Board of Directors since 2009.

Susie Blake, Secretary / Membership Chair
I have been an active volunteer with Love on a Leash since 2005, beginning with my black Labrador Retriever, Joey, who passed away in 2016.  I then continued visits with my Long-Haired Dachshund, Lily, who sadly also crossed the rainbow bridge in 2017. Today, I continue to honor their legacies through my visits with my MaltiPoo, Launi, and my Golden Retriever, Duke. I’ve been on the Board of Directors since 2007, previously serving as Membership Secretary, and currently as Secretary. Additionally, I am on the Guidelines Committee where we continuously keep our forms and guidelines current on our website, to support the times and our growing membership. I love everything Love on a Leash stands for, and I truly look forward to all of my visits each week.

Janet Herron, 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 RoseMeredith Rose
I have been a member of Love on a Leash since 2010.  I joined the Board of Directors about 3 years later, primarily focusing on meeting the organization's technology needs.  Currently, I enjoy regular therapy dog visits with my two golden retrievers, Maddux and Blue. I enjoy school, nursing home, and library visits with Maddux, while Blue and I make regular visits to a local hospital.  Wherever we visit, the happiness experienced is universal.  I love how uplifting it is for those we visit, as well as for me and my four-legged family members.

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 DowdleDolores Dowdle
After retiring from a long career in legal and financial positions, Chevy and I moved to Oceanside from Chicago.  We finished our training and joined Love on a Leash in 2017.  I found that Chevy has a special connection with people no matter the ages.  We visit elementary schools, nursing facilities, and other special events.  I joined the Board in 2019.

Katharine Harvester
I began volunteering with Love on a Leash in 2016, and enjoy being able to share my dogs with others.  There is something amazing about these well-trained pets who give unconditional love to anyone who desires it.  I joined the Board in early 2019, with the hope and intention of keeping Love on a Leash the professional and admired organization it has become.

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