Love, Compassion, and Light… part 2

Buono 6368 webAs I alluded to in part 1, there is so much more to the story of Carolyn Buono’s life of service.  She is certified with the National Canine Crisis Response team with Abbey for doing disaster response.  Jasmine is working towards her certification.  Jasmine and Abbey are pictured here with Carolyn proudly wearing their work vests.

In times of extreme crisis, dogs have proven to aid the victims of tragedies and crimes.  Carolyn is certified with the National Canine Crisis Response Team with her golden, Abbey, for doing disaster response.  Another golden retriever, Jasmine, is now working toward her certification.

Carolyn is also associated with Extra Mile Ministries, K-9 Ministry and the Kansas District LCMS.  Extra Mile is a faith based approach to facing crisis, trauma, tragedy and disaster.  Carolyn has traveled many miles with her dogs to assist people experiencing tragedy and loss. With Extra Mile Ministry, she has gone to the National Conference of Parents of Murdered Children; plus the National Seminar of Tragedy Assistance program for Suicide Survivors with Abbey, Jasmine and Maximus.

Carolyn is one of those rare  people living the life of the quote by Patricia Schroeder, “You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.  I admire her greatly for her compassionate heart and caring ways.  She sees every dog as someone’s family member, and works tirelessly to help several organizations and groups as an animal advocate here in Topeka.  She is indeed a special, loving lady!


Love, Compassion and Light… part 1

Today I will introduce you to a dear lady.  Carolyn Buono is a woman who works tirelessly for others.  She is retired from the military and her career as a Pharmacist, but I would wager she puts in more hours now than she did when she was pursuing her career.  Carolyn revels in doting on her dogs – she has quite a number, but each has a story and it is as special to her as the next.  Purebreds, strays, rescues – all are cared for and loved to pieces!

This would be a lovely story of a loving woman if we stopped right there.  But there is so much more.  Carolyn trains each dog in obedience but also for compassionate service.  She has dogs work in pet therapy, visiting Plaza West, Aldersgate Village and the VA Hospital’s PTSD unit.  I personally have seen how these visits affect the elderly folks at care homes.  The resident’s faces light up and many times it sparks a conversation of their own dogs.  The visits offer comfort and a sense of familiarity.  Who doesn’t feel better after petting a dog?  Abbey,  Jasmine and Maximus, all Golden Retrievers, accompany Carolyn now.  Mercy, a lovely Lab mix, is in the process of training.  She has her Canine Good Citizen award from the American Kennel Club so she is on her way!

In Part 2, I will tell you the rest of Carolyn’s story.  Her journey of service takes her sometimes far away from home with her dogs.  Truly amazing work!DSC_1427 copy