It’s never too late in life to become self-actualized in a new career. As Maslow so famously theorized in his emotional pyramid model, “Hierarchy of Needs”, it’s at the top of the pyramid:
Here’s my story as to how I became self-actualized during my second career:
In 2014 I launched K9 Ambassadors after a life-long career as a corporate executive, management consultant, and successful entrepreneur focusing on employment, workforce development and Health Information Technology.
For several years during my retirement preparation, and having been a devoted dog lover, I studied the field of animal therapy and its benefits to the health and welfare of our community.
I became convinced that it was an area that could benefit from my many years of creative program and product development accomplishments and strategic marketing expertise. I also found the field to be very fragmented and somewhat confusing to a novice, like me. I figured that if it was confusing to me it would also be confusing to others.
I approached UCLA, one of my former clients, and agreed to support their animal therapy service program, People Animal Connection, by providing fundraising strategies and programs.
So that I could ‘walk the talk’, and at the encouragement of the Program Director, I also became a qualified animal therapy handler through Pet Partners.
My experience with visiting patients of all ages and medical problems, from minor to near death, has been extraordinary.
Three comments I have heard from animal therapy handlers best summarize the power of animal therapy that I have also personally experienced:
“One of the most meaningful experiences of my life.”
“I’ve made many friends, with like-minded values, by working with other animal therapy handlers.”
“The easiest, sure-fire way I know to put a smile on a face, anytime or anyplace.”
I was constantly asked by hospital staff, patients and their families, as I made my rounds with Rudy, how one could become qualified as an animal therapy handler.
After market research and analysis, I concluded that there was a need to provide an introductory course which I entitled, Rudy on Rounds: How to Become a Qualified Animal Therapy Handler. This class will provide a new source of potential handlers to hundreds of facilities across the nation, as well as be a way for people to quickly learn, with a minimum investment of time and money, if therapy handling is right for themselves and their pets.
With that goal in mind, I encourage you to spend a moment and see if this introductory class is being offered at a college and time convenient for you.
To my fellow dog lovers, share every loving moment with your pet,
Founder and CEO, K9Ambassadors