Meet that Raiser – Shawna Graham

Name: Shawna Graham
Occupation: Teacher
Prison: Devens Camp
Current Pup: Elena, 6 mos old

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 raiser for 7 ½ years and have raised 17 dogs- this includes a couple of one week fill in stints (including long term, short term, and furloughed dogs).

What led you to Weekend Puppy Raising?

We attended an open house at our vet and saw some information about NEADS and became very interested. We had wanted to foster a dog knowing that we couldn’t have a dog full time due to our work schedules. So NEADS was a perfect fit!

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

  • Tom Brady
  • Barbara Kinsolver
  • Tom Hanks

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

  • Bubble bath, nap, and NETFLIX

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

  • Speak all foreign languages!

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

  • Antarctica -I have a good chance of going everywhere else but Antarctica seems like a hard place to get to.

Are you a listener or a talker?

  • A talker

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

  • My favorite memory is driving with my nieces in the car with Robin in the backseat. The dog was in heaven with 2 little girls constantly patting and kissing her. It was such as sweet moment, it truly showed the power of the pup!

Read the entire Meet that Raiser series here.