Mindy has been working with High Hopes Dog Training since 2019. She began as a client after adopting Luke, an American Staffordshire Terrier, from the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection in Roanoke. After a few private lessons, Mindy and Luke attended the Canine Good Citizen class where Luke received his CGC certification. They then completed High Hopes Dog Training’s Therapy Dog classes. Now Luke works with Mindy as a High Hopes helper dog. He has helped many dogs in the Roanoke Valley improve their social skills and leash manners.
Prior to joining the High Hopes team, Mindy spent her career working in public mental health services. She was a therapist for many years then moved into supervisory and management positions related to Virginia’s state-run mental health hospitals.