a pet's life magazine Summer 2015 - Page 11

apl: What is a funny story about your pets? MD: Buddy is very smart and loves to perform. When my kids were younger, we had a swingset Zephyra in the backyard and we would put his ball and toys up on top of the monkey bars so that he could not get them. One day he climbed the ladder up into the playhouse and then walked across the monkey bars to fetch his toys. He truly could have been a circus dog. apl: Any special locations or activities your pet enjoys? MD: Buddy used to love Dog Beach in Del Mar. Now that Buddy is a senior dog, he enjoys going for car rides and he loves lots of affection. He still likes to swim but I am careful not to let him overexert himself and I help him in and out of the pool. Zephyra has an amazingly rich life as an indoor and outdoor cat as she loves to climb trees, chase insects and critters. apl: How has your pet influenced your support of animal charities? MD: I am an advocate for all animal welfare. I grew up horseback riding and we always had a dog and cat. Growing up with animals and sharing that love and experience with my children is an integral part of my life. The FACE Foundation is the animal advocacy group I have been most involved in for the last few years. I have been the team leader for the Bags & Baubles fundraiser for the last three years. FACE is a non-profit charity that provides financial assistance for San Diego pet parents who cannot afford the cost of emergency veterinary care. apetslifemagazine.com | SUMMER 2015 11