Welcome to my Senior Project Practicum. My entire life has been devoted to working with people and their animals. For the last four decades I have developed thousands of human-canine and equine relationships and coached and mentored young people using aninal-assisted activities. I have hired at-risk youth, teaching them life and employment skills using animals as assistants, and witnessed rescue dogs save the humans who rescued them. I have given the lonely, elderly, and disabled a reason to continuing living by presenting them with an animal to share their life with. I hope you will recognize the importance animals play in human mental health and happiness as you journey with me through the last 40 years of my life.