Meet that Raiser – Anne-Marie Chernosky

Name: Anne-Marie Chernosky
Occupation: Semi-retired
Prison: Concord Farm and Medium
Current Puppy: Huxley 1836

How long have you been a Weekend Puppy Raiser and how many dogs have you raised? (Include furloughed dogs and the one you are currently raising).

I have been a WPR since 2008 and I am working on dog #19. Sharon, Patch, Logan, Nesa, Betty, Angel, Apple, Mason, Tippy, Sunbeam a.k.a. Sunny, Lincoln, Griffey, Honey, Monty, Truman, Manny, Elliott, Harper, Lucy and last, but not least, Huxley.

What led you to Weekend Puppy Raising?

My love and respect for canine potential and a friend who was a WPR.

Ice Breakers
If you had your own talk show, who would your first 3 guests be?

  • Louise Doyle, a philanthropist who supported causes ranging from service dogs to Museum of Fine Arts and Trustee of Reservations (Doyle Estate).
  • My second guest would be Joshua Ellison who was the recipient of my first assignment, Sharon. I would like to know how he and Sharon are doing and what adventures they have had over the past 9 years.
  • My third guest would be Mark Zuckerberg. I would want to discuss with him the importance of safeguarding private and confidential information.

If you had one extra hour of free time a day what would you do with it?

  • Play more with Truman.

Would you rather be able to speak all foreign languages or talk to animals?

  • That’s easy, talk with animals.

If you could visit one place in the world where would it be and why?

  • An island retreat at Lake Sebago. Peace and serenity abound in the quiet of the spring and fall months; a summer swim isn’t bad either.

Are you a listener or a talker?

  • I’d like to think I am a listener, but sometimes I talk too much.

Tell us your favorite part about being a Weekend Puppy Raiser or your favorite memory with one of the NEADS pups.

  • My favorite part of puppy raising is mentoring new raisers and watching them develop their skill-set. I also get excited when one of my dogs is matched. Although saying good-bye is very hard, it’s rewarding to know that I have helped someone else. It is why I volunteer at NEADS.

Read the entire Meet that Raiser series here.