Featured Volunteer: Nomi Berger

Nomi Berger (and her sidekick, Mini) – Toronto, Ontario

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BTRC: How long have you volunteered with Boston Terrier Rescue Canada?
Nomi: My volunteering began with a Blog post I wrote on May 22, 2013, and I’ve been the “pen behind the prose” ever since. Thanks to cyberspace, I’m as near to this remarkable rescue as my computer screen, as close to everyone as a heartbeat.

I have the joy and privilege of writing bios and Set for Life profiles for dogs I’ve never met, educational articles for a public I’ve never seen, text for fundraisers and other events I’ve never attended, and communicating with BTRC Board members I know only by their names. And yet, I’m a member of a group I consider family, an active participant in a world where tragedies are balanced by triumphs, and where passionate people dedicate themselves to making a difference in the lives of so many innocent and deserving dogs.

BTRC: What made you want to be a BTRC volunteer?
Nomi: May I tell you a story? Having grown up in an “allergic” household, we had no pets, and owning one never occurred to me. But I was a born writer. Words were and are MY passion, taking me from poet to advertising copywriter, from public relations to published author.

Then, in 2011, I fell in love with a rowdy Jack Russell terrier named Uggie in the Academy Award winning film “The Artist.” Don’t ask me why. Writers have no logical explanations for their obsessions, and Uggie, a rescue dog, became mine. Within months, I took that obsession to an entirely new level: the world of animal rescue. And so, with my passion for words, I decided to volunteer my voice to those who needed it.

Writers are resourceful and relentless. Online, I found guides, directories and web sites, and began emailing queries to rescues in Canada and the U.S. One by one, I found, to my delight, that my voice WAS needed, and BTRC was the first.

BTRC: How many pets do you own, or should I say own you?
Nomi: I’m held in thrall by a lovable, playful and absolutely adorable 8-year-old Maltese named Mini, whom I adopted in August 2014. She’s my accepting angel, loyal listener, constant companion, and consummate cuddler packaged in 5.9 pounds of silky, soft white hair.

BTRC: When you’re not volunteering, how do you like to spend your time?
Nomi: As a writer, I spend most of the day, every day, at my laptop, completely consumed by what I do. As a political junkie, I read the New York Times online; as an avid reader, I go from book to book, and as a culture vulture turned couch potato, I spend the evenings engrossed in Netflix with Mini curled up comfortably in my lap.

BTRC: What did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Nomi: here was never any question: I wanted to be a best selling author. And I was fortunate enough to have lived my dream.

BTRC: Summer or winter?
Nomi: Neither. I cherish the freshness of spring and the coolness of fall. But sadly, nowadays, there are no true seasons.

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