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Hi, my name is Patty Blair. I have lived in NH most of my life except for the 10 years I spent in Nashville, TN. I grew up riding horses and my parents owned a kennel where they bred GSDs. My love for TFTs started in 1975 when I got my very first boy, Foxy. I began my TFT rescue work in 2004 when rescue was a part of the American Toy Fox Terrier Club (ATFTC) and continued until the time it became its own organization in May 2009, and have been involved with TFTR since then. I have owned a handful of TFTs and have fostered about a dozen over the years.
I am the Office Manager for a large commercial construction company. I am an avid New England sports fan. I also enjoy working in the yard, camping, doing ceramics, and reading books when I can find the time. My immediate family lives here in NH, but my very large, extended family is scattered across the country. My volunteer work outside of rescue includes being on the board my cooperative community and on the board of my high school alumni association, Pinkerton Academy, where the poet Robert Frost taught and the astronaut Alan Shepard attended.
I have over 30 years of experience in Personal Trust and provide trust and estate services to individuals and families at all stages of life. I help manage the complexities of wealth preservation and distribution and am accomplished at risk management for my clients. I have worked in a multistate environment most of my career and am conscious of the varying state laws. My footprint has been most of the west. Early in my career, I had exposure to both Trust Tax and Trust Real Estate. I take leadership roles within my working environment to provide better service to my customers by working on various committees to enhance client experience. I work with a highly skilled team in the Vancouver office.
I hold a BA from Illinois State University and have taken further business classes at UNLV to enhance my knowledge. I am a graduate of the Cannon Trust School and obtained my CTFA in 1999. I have been a board member of Toy Fox Terrier Rescue, Inc. for over 10 years. TFTR is a charitable organization that rescues Toy Fox Terrier. I also volunteer for various charities in my local community.
My name is Chris Chrestay and I live in Ohio. I have a BA in Psychology and an MSEd in Counseling and have worked in the field for 33 years. I have done everything from teaching college to counseling. I am also a founding board member of Yellow Brick Place, a cancer wellness center. We provide all of our services free of charge so that involves a lot of fundraising. I was on the founding board since the first meeting when we were a dream. I now serve as Vice President on the board of directors. We are a 501(c)3. I was a football mom for 6 years which meant I ran what the coach didn't. I organized double practice meals, pregame meals, and game day meals. Made sure seniors had special treats on game days, etc. Organized a quarter auction to be able to fund feeding the boys and raised $5,200 on my first attempt. My daughter, Gabrielle, rescued two TFTs and that is when our love for the breed began. Although she paid for them, I say they were rescued as they were puppy milled. Pogo is disabled and was in bad shape when rescued. I helped Gabrielle fundraise to be able to get Pogo’s initial treatment. He was born with 2 broken legs and left that way for 5 months. Pogo is thriving. My first dog as a child was a TFT and I always wanted another. Now I have the love of my life, Rascal. I love the breed and want to help in the small way that I can in order to provide happy homes for TFTs and people that love them.
You can check out Yellow Brick Place on Facebook and on the web. And I have to brag that Gabrielle managed to shut down the man's kennel from which Pogo and Roscoe came. But the Mennonite puppy mill hasn't been found.
My name is Lynette Purciello, and I am an Operations Manager from Shelton CT. I love spending time on the trails with my dogs, going to the beach and Broadway theater. I also volunteer at my local church teaching and on fundraising efforts. I first fell in love with the TFT breed in 1992 when I got my first TFT, Roger who lived up until 2008. After that I contacted TFTR and worked with our founder Pat Land and became a foster (eventual foster failure) for an aging TFT. Chloe joined our newly formed pack, rescues Buddy (Great Dane/Lab mix), Lucy (Lab mix) and Finster (Rat Terrier) where she lived for two years more. After that I kept in touch with TFTR, supporting the rescue and hoping for a TFT puppy to come along. When TFTR spearheaded the Harris County Rescue in 2015, they immediately contacted me regarding the 3 puppies that were pulled along with 30+ other TFTs. Larry joined the Purciello Pack in 2015, later followed by Gino, a mixed Chi/TFT in 2016.
Hi, my name is Lorraine Dunsmore. I am a lifelong resident of Rhode Island. I am a local Real Estate Agent here, as well as in Massachusetts. I love my job, I really enjoy helping people, which is what lead me to my work in Real Estate and my work with rescue. I love all of the seasons here in New England and really enjoy getting outside enjoying nature. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, crafting, working with reclaimed wood, painting, writing, photography, and watching local sports. I love my Patriots and Red Sox!
I am a huge animal lover. My fur babies mean the absolute world to me. My first Toy Fox Terrier Buttons came into my life about 25 years ago. He was such an amazing little guy. At five years old he had to have both eyes removed but never let that stop him or hold him back. His spirit was infectious. I totally fell in love with this breed. In his honor I rescued my Elmo and it went on from there. I am hooked! I am very happy to be a member of Toy Fox Terrier Rescue. I absolutely love that I am able to help these incredible dogs on their journey to finding happy, new lives in wonderful loving homes. Seeing the love and happiness that these amazing little pups bring to their new forever families is so incredibly rewarding.
Greetings everyone! I’m Linda Wharton and I reside in the northern suburbs of Illinois. Prior to becoming involved with Toy Fox Terrier Rescue, I was an International Flight Attendant/Purser with Northwest Airlines. This amazing job took me to incredible places around the world, and I had the time of my life, making lifelong friends. But the realization of “there’s no place like home” eventually dawned on me, and I retired in 2008, never looking back.
I also realized since my traveling days were over, I could finally add a pet to my life. My fate was sealed when I met my brother’s new TFT....a funny little boy named Dodger, who totally enchanted me. Several months later, my first TFT, Willy, joined my household...he shared a sire with Dodger. Two years later, Bubba became my second TFT. Sadly, Willy left me in 2018 due to cancer. Currently, along with Bubba, I also have Sneaka and Sammy, and the three of them have graciously allowed me to share their home.
I became involved with TFTR when I started assisting in planning rescue transports and became a Board member in 2017. I now am one of the Dog Facilitators, DART Coordinator (Delta Animal Rescue Transport), and heavily involved in fundraising, specifically the auction fundraisers. My time with TFTR has been rewarding and has brought wonderful people into my life. The process of placing dogs with adopters is a bit like working a jigsaw puzzle. But the pieces eventually fit together, and it becomes a beautiful picture.
Hello, my name is Patrick (Pat) Bealer and I live in Pennsylvania. I am a forklift technician by trade, and a race car driver by hobby. I am long known as “The Icon” in the 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprint classes, speedster and indoor TQ Racing Series. I love auto racing and would drive just about anything with wheels and an engine. I have been racing since the age of 13 and have achieved many championships at multiple racetracks and other prestigious races in the Northeastern United States, as well as in Florida, with the support of my wife, Kristine, and son, Zackery. I joined TFTR in March of 2021. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for rescues. After losing our beloved K9 Shepherd mix, Zena, we needed more furever love in our home. In May 2016, we rescued Micro from a Craigslist post. He was about to be placed into a shelter. Quickly we found the love, laughter and unique personality of TFTs. I am so glad we did. He made our house his home. At times, it can be quite a comedy show. Fast forward to today and we have a pack of four TFTs; Micro 5, Gio 6, Marty 3, and Simmon 9 with a frequent visit from grand puppy, black Shepard Maverick who also thinks he is a TFT. I enjoy my role as a Dog Facilitator. It is quite rewarding when doing research, making sure care and placement are a perfect match for both family and TFT rescue candidates. Whether it be from foster family to a furever home, the reward is beyond words and has a special place in my heart. Through the process, I have gained some great friends / TFT family. I look forward to meeting more people and growing our community. Thank you all for your love and dedication to making this world a better place, one TFT at a time. I am most positive that they are more grateful than all the cuddles and kisses they could offer.
Hi, my name is Melissa Braun and I live in Scottsdale, Arizona with my husband, Brad, and several “fur” kids. As a kid growing up in Scottsdale, I owned and showed Arabian horses for several decades and parlayed my love of horse into a career, founding an insurance agency that insures horses and equine activities nationwide.
I have been an active foster mom since 2009. At last count I have fostered over 250 neonatal kittens and puppies and medical rehabs for local and state animal welfare organizations. I served on the board of directors for the largest spay and neuter organization in the state of Arizona.
Five animals currently call me “Mom,” Smokey a tabby cat, age 19, Kiko a Torti cat, age 5, Bella a Cairn Poodle mix, age 11, Olivia a mini Rat Terrier, age 9 and Aria, a Toy Fox Terrier, age 3 (recently adopted from TFTR). All my animals have been either foster failures or rescued.
I learned how to grow and care for roses from my grandmother and father and enjoy tending to my rose garden (yes, roses love the Arizona heat, who knew). I also enjoy weekends at our cabin in the Arizona rim country, reading books, interior design, and of course, fostering.