February 20th has been officially named, "Love Your Pet Day." But let's get real. If you are a pet owner this holiday occurs on a daily basis. Growing up, my house had a steady stream of pets including dogs, cats, hamsters, fish and birds. Anytime we were petless, though always short lived, the house seemed empty and quite frankly, depressing. There is something truly magical about the bond we can establish with animals and what they can do for our overall wellbeing. This has become increasingly more apparent to me is recent years with my involvement with Canine Assistants
, a non-profit organization which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. I first started volunteering with this incredible organization in 2013 as a way to get actively involved in the Atlanta community. Instantly, I was hooked and since have fostered 7 dogs and worked with countless others. My love for animals has grown tremendously over the past few years and I have met some of the most selfless and inspiring people on the planet.