Paula and Otto Rosenbusch—A Lifelong Committment
Sometimes families pass their love and commitment to Leader Dogs for the Blind from generation to generation. The Rosenbuschs are an example of such a family. Otto Rosenbusch’s mother was a resident assistant at Leader Dog in the 1970s. He grew up surrounded by Leader Dogs, knowing and loving the work his mother did. When Otto and Paula married, Paula quickly fell in love with the family legacy of Leader Dog.
In 2001, Leader Dog had a beautiful career changed dog, Sara, perfectly suited for Otto, Paula and their family. She became the love of Paula’s life. When she passed away in 2007, Paula wrote to us, sharing her gratitude and love for her beloved Sara and how she impacted their lives. We called Paula to thank her for opening her heart and home to Sara. This call became the beginning of a beautiful, lifelong commitment of love and compassion for the Leader Dog mission.
Paula became involved with the philanthropy department and also volunteered in the kennel. In 2013, Paula and Otto chaired the Lead in the Holidays gala. During this time, they adopted retired Leader Dog Sparrow, now affectionately known as Bella. Paula continues to volunteer in the kennel and in many other capacities, including serving on the philanthropy and the Lead in the Holidays committees.
Paula and Otto not only made a gift to our Canine Development Center, but also offered to chair the public phase to help raise additional funds to meet our goal of $14.5 million. When asked why they have so generously given their time and talent over the years, Paula said, “With joy and gratitude in our hearts, we were so honored to be asked to chair this phase of the Canine Development Center campaign. Our family has been associated with Leader Dog since the 1970s and we deeply believe in the great work that has been done on behalf of their many clients around the world. The new Canine Center will greatly enhance the quality of the dogs by providing an exceptional environment for their important training. It is my great pleasure to continue volunteering with the dogs in the current kennel as we transition to the new facility. Thank you from our hearts for the opportunity to contribute to the campaign and to be of service to the greater good at Leader Dogs for the Blind.” Otto and Paula, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.