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Portrait of Angelia



Some people are just beautiful both inside and out.

It was just a pleasure to know someone like Angelia who was a registered nurse working in a long-term care facility in Ridgecrest, California, USA. When asked if geriatric nursing was her niche in life, Angelia responded,  “I just enjoy helping people in general . It wouldn’t matter what I am doing.”

Angelia, however, admitted to a goal: to work at, in pediatric oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She had volunteered with Children’s Hospital as a summer camp counselor every year for six years. Angelia said that the cancer patients participated in all the same activities that any normal child would: archery, hiking, riding horseback riding, arts and crafts and swimming . “It’s just a fun summer camp.”

Angelia believed, based on her performance record as a volunteer, it would not be difficult to get a job there in the future.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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Portrait of Dena


Dena was originally from Crowley, Louisiana, USA. She moved to the Los Angeles California, USA area because of the weather. At the time of this posting, she lived in Antelope Valley which was much more conducive to her asthma issues than living in
Los Angeles.

In the past, Dena had a disabling fall that required neck surgery. Dena was a retired registered nurse, RN, and at the time of this interview, did social work.  Dena studied general sociology at California State University Northridge and studied social work at University of Southern California (USC) where she received a Masters in Social Work (MSW.)

Dena acquired her female German Shepherd dog, Gracie, from a breeder, which she normally would not do. But Dena believed that since Gracie had a lot of problems, had someone else adopted Gracie, she would have ended up as an owner surrender, most likely in the pound. Dena had patience for Gracie and kept her and loved her. It was when Dena realized just how serious Gracie’s fear problems were, that she started training in agility with Mary, from Palmdale, California, USA.

Mary helped Gracie get over her problems by training her (along with Dena, of course) to participate in agility. When Gracie had it all together, Dena started her male dog, Harlem, a Siberian Husky, in agility training (see below). This was approximately three months prior to my meeting Dena. The fun run, where we met, was just the perfect venue and level for him (see my Portrait of Jean for more info about the fun run.)

Harlem was Dena’s daughter’s seizure dog. Her daughter was having 25 to 30 seizures a day and Harlem saved her life. Due to Harlem’s unique talents, Dena and Harlem were also training to be a therapy dog team with the goal of volunteering with pediatric oncology patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Harlem was very large for a husky and looked like a small Malamute to me. He was adorable and lovable and very friendly. Dena was a great person who I would be honored to have as a friend.

Harlem and Dena. What a team

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.