Our pets are our family. They bring us joy, hope, and show us how to love. The staff of because I said I would would like to recognize our wonderful pets and thank them for being there for us as we change the world.
Dad: Alex Sheen, Founder
Our office dog, Kimchi, is the daughter of our Founder, Alex Sheen. She loves to visit our rooms throughout the day for progress updates and official petting time. Kimchi spends her afternoons snoring on the office couch and dreaming of a world where everyone loved their fellow humans as much as they loved their pets. Kimchi is eleven years old, diabetic and a cancer survivor.
In her spare time, Kimchi enjoys snoozing, giving kisses, bringing each of us toys and cuddling with her mom.
Mom: Amanda Messer, Co-Founder
Miska (pronounced Meesh-ka) means little bear in Russian. It describes this little lovable teddy bear perfectly. Miska is a 6 year old Havanese. We often say that all he knows is love. He loves everyone and everything. His excitement for life is contagious. However, Miska loves no one and nothing more than he loves his bone. He will play fetch for hours. I’m not kidding. If you don’t throw his bone, he will put it on you and cry until you do. It is adorable.
He also loves looking out the window, protecting his family, treats, and, of course, being cute.
Jake, Lily and Wiley LoPresti
Mom: Julie LoPresti, Executive Assistant for the Founder
Jake and Lily are 11 year old Puggles. They are both rescue dogs who surely rescued their mommy! They are definitely my babies and love to snuggle with me. They also love taking walks, barking at the UPS and Mail men and laying in the sun!
Wiley is a 12 year old Weimaraner/Lab mix rescue who loves to give hugs. He literally will stand on his hind legs, put his paws on your shoulders and lay his head down for as long as you will let him! He also loves to lay in the sun and roll around in the grass!
Whenever I come home, they are so excited and go crazy like it has been weeks since they have seen me (even if it was only 5 minutes ago)! They want to be let outside right away, only to come back to the door a few seconds later to get their treat! It doesn’t matter if they have just been outside before I got there, when I come home, they still want to go out because they know they will get more treats!
In the picture, Lily is on the left, Wiley is in the middle and Jake is on the right.
Mom: Cassie Perez, Chapter Relationship Manager
My name is Moo and I am 7 years old. My mom rescued me as a young kitten after finding me outside with my brother Milo, who now lives with my grandma. I love being the only child in our house as I do not get along with many other animals.I love sunbathing in the window, and playing with my toy mice ( affectionately called mousies). Sleeping all day and watching birds in the window is another one of my favorite pastimes. I love cuddling and getting spoiled with wet food and treats. Overall I am a happy, fat cat.
Mom: Shannon Baker, Chapter Relationship Manager
I’m a 3 year old, rescue Golden Retriever/ Shepherd mix. I am full of energy and always smiling! I love walks, chasing bunnies and tennis balls, playing with my furry best friends, and I’m obsessed with peanut butter and Dairy Queen ice cream. I don’t like anything peppermint (in fact I stick out my tongue when I smell my mom chewing gum or putting on Burt’s Bees chap stick) and I’m really scared of garbage trucks and school buses. I actively watch TV to look for fellow canines; I bark and go nuts at every dog commercial. I’m a very sweet, playful boy who is lovable and ornery!
TR and Franklin Smithhisler
Mom: Chris Smithhisler, Director of Chapter Programs and Training
TR and Franklin, the Roosevelt Pugs, are 8 month old pug brothers. Their names come from our family love of history and were directly inspired after our visit this past summer to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.
TR is quiet and strong. Franklin is loud and has a fear of missing out. They both love treats, long walks around the block, and biting their brother’s tail!
Mom: Nicole Clevenger, Program Impact Manager
Harley is a boxer mix with an insatiable appetite for playing tug. One of her most adorable qualities is that she loves to do whatever her humans are doing such as sitting with her feet stretched out on the couch or using her ‘hands’ to pick things up, give hugs or play with her toys. She can jump fences in a single bound and likes to chase our squirrel, affectionately called Larry, around the backyard. After a hard day, Harley can be found on her favorite blanket snoring loudly while maintaining her role as guardian of the land while she sleeps.