I am many different things, at different times, but my proudest achievement is… PR/Animal Advocate whose sole purpose it is to uncover the injustices that are overlooked, exposing them, creating a ‘solutions’ based approach, and helping to find resolution between all parties involved. I work with one dog case at a time.
The due diligence I undertake consumes every bit of me, my waking hours and often in between. I eat and sleep my dog charge, constantly updating the strategy that I hope will ultimately help save a life.
I have a background is corporate, investor, and community relations with experience in the areas of public and media relations, marketing/advertising, and social media. After having worked in this capacity for over 20 years at high-tech public companies in Silicon Valley, I decided it was time to change gears and slow down. I took a break, then went back to school and became a licensed esthetician and massage therapist. I use my newly acquired skills to help others.
Through the many blessings I’ve received over the years and being so fortunate at having just enough of what I personally need in this life, I am compelled to give of myself and contribute to organizations that focus on saving dogs from the streets as well as from shelters where often they are saved just hours prior to euthanasia.
I also get involved in helping people less fortunate as a volunteer at the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better, a program for women with cancer. As a licensed esthetician and massage therapist, these skills enable me to serve cancer patients by educating them on how to care for their skin, nails, and hair in addition to looking good. This volunteer work is done at a hospital and in a private setting, arranged directly through the American Cancer Society. I am also a caregiver to my husband who has recently (August 2014) been diagnosed with Glioblastoma IV brain cancer, providing care and quality of life support to him while he heals and regains his strength.
I am also a member of the Lyme Disease Association and help to spread awareness about this life-threatening tick-borne illness and prevention; I suffer myself from late-stage Lyme disease and struggle daily with the effects of it.
My joy in life consists of creating beautiful things often through the things given freely to us by nature, I like to find the countless ways to do so creatively. My pets–my loves–are one Jack Russell Terrier ‘Milo’ who is 10 years and is my assistance pet (since this post, Milo has passed due to Lymph cancer (3/31/2014) and we miss his terribly and losing Milo was one of hardest hurdles in my life. After Milo’s passing, we decided to honor him and to help ourselves heal by rescuing a JRT. We named him Eddy and on this website you may learn about Eddy; we also love our Chico, a 4 year old Chihuahua, a sweet and tender heart; and Jackson a 8 year old Bengal cat, pain in the butt who offers no assistance whatsoever. I am a bird lover and feed as many birds in our neck of the woods as possible. I have a devoted and loving husband who allows me to be me and gets that all these things make who I am and without them I’d be a shell of who I am today–he wouldn’t like that person.
Thank you for reading about me.
Pat Workman (firstname.lastname@example.org)