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Donna Pennington, who writes under the name, Sangay Glass has contributed inspirational stories to Chicken Soup for the Father-Daughter Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Wisdom of Dad, Haruah: Breath of Heaven Magazine (The Elementary Limbo, Caroline and Da Bos, and The Kind of Magic That Grows on You. She is also a guest contributor in an upcoming book, Hospice for Pets, and she's the author of the modern Native American myth, Stone Buffalo Man.
Donna is the founder of Pawsitive Outlooks, which spreads pawsitive messages to kids in the Tri-State area by offering anti-bullying and anti-hate programs to schools, scouts, and clubs. Her Anti-bullying blog The AssemBully Line is featured on the Pawsitive Outlooks website every Friday.
Donna began as a registered nurse who started using Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) informally with autistic, developmentally delayed, and motor challenged children and adults when she started working as a tour guide at a hands-on farm program.
It wasn’t until Donna’s bullied daughter developed Posttraumatic Stress with school and germ phobias that she discovered the versatility of AAT in psychiatric disorders.
Borrowing the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Donna began working with her daughter, Sarah while they volunteered at Howling Woods Farm, a domestic-bred wolf and wolf-dog rescue facility. During the self-esteem building process of rehabilitating traumatized, fearful, and depressed animals, Sarah began to thrive and returned to high school after a year's absence. Sarah proudly graduated with her class in June 2012.
Donna has since received certificates in AAT from Oakland University School of Nursing, Camden County College, and continuing education credits in AAT and the human/animal bond from West Chester University.
Having built a strong bond to the wolfers and friends of Howling Woods Farm, she continues to volunteer there helping educate the public about wild and domestic-bred wolves and wolf-dogs.
Donna’s experiences with Sarah and volunteering at Howling Woods Farm inspired her to create the anthology, In the Company of Wolves: True Stories of Wolfer Magic, and share the heartbreaking and heartwarming story of Sarah’s animal–assisted recovery in, Walk Away Smiles in Rain, and Run With the Wolves.
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