Kelly Hodges has recognized and harnessed the power of the pup.  Kids and Canines is an amazing organization that benefits so many…from the at-risk youth who learn invaluable skills participating in dog training to the end-recipients of amazing service dogs, and let’s not forget the dogs themselves!  As a special needs parent, I am especially appreciative of the healing power of all animals, and I am so excited to learn more about Kelly’s very special non-profit. Here’s more about it in Kelly’s words.

 

1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I am extremely blessed because I get to work with troubled and disadvantaged kids, helping them make their world and futures better by teaching them important life, social and job skills. I run a non-profit, Kids and Canines, that works with youth who are selected by their therapists, counselors and teachers, to work with our therapy dogs. We teach reading skills to struggling elementary students and life and work skills to at-risk teens through a dog training program. The love of the dog brings smiles to every child. And watching them succeed, often against large odds, is incredibly rewarding.

 

 

2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.

KidsandCanines.org

http://www.facebook.com/KidsandCaninesTampa

 

3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
I’m a news junkie. The moment my eyes open, I pick up my phone. After doing a quick look to see if anything is pressing you will find me reading local, national and global news. Luckily for me I have several dogs in my home wanting their urgent needs met so it keeps me from staying on too long.

 

4. My best business advice is….
…to remember, you may not be the smartest person in the room. I don’t say this because we all need to be humble. In fact, I think women, especially, should often be more confident. I remind myself of this because it creates collaboration, and through collaborative efforts, everyone – business and employees – become better.

 

5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
My goal is more of an organizational goal. We started as a small program at one school many years ago. Since my arrival, four years ago, we have grown to provide services to multiple schools and have contracts with the Department of Juvenile Justice. My goal is to continue that growth by finding the support to move into a new facility that would allow us to expand our services to the community. To accomplish this, my personal goal is to spend more time understanding the wants and needs of my supporters and I will be dedicating my efforts to getting to know our donors better.

 

6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Kids and Canines relies on the generosity of our community. If you are a person who wants to make a difference in the community, and especially for a child who needs extra help to overcome their disabilities, environment, or circumstances I’d ask that you consider Kids and Canines as one of your charities of choice. You can volunteer, donate, and advocate.

 

7. Your Astrological sign:
I’ve seen my birthdate listed as both– Aries and Taurus. I suspect that there are times I am a bit of both, although I’m certain my husband would say I’m all bull!

 

8. Favorite donut:
Easy question, nothing beats a jelly-filled donut. It’s like Christmas, a present inside a wonderful box.

 

10. Favorite book:
I’d like to name any of my book club mandatory reading selections as they would make me look smarter, or even some business book, but honestly, at the end of a busy day I like my books to be easy reads and cuddle up with any good mystery. As a child, I loved The Phantom Tollbooth. It’s a delightful story I’d recommend for any parent / grandparent to share with their child.

 

11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
One of my biggest discoveries, and one that truly surprised me to learn during the pandemic, was it is OK to just sit without guilt. I watched everything, nothing was off-limits. I found myself staying up for days to watch multiple seasons back-to-back. Did you know that Midsomer Murders has 21 seasons you can see? I think I did just about every British show made plus so many folks have been talking about for years that I had never seen. I liked it all.

 

12. When I practice self-care I…
I should say I walk my dogs as a way of taking care of myself, I do, but never as often as I should. I have four therapy dogs living with me and each of them wants the same long walk and I have a hard time deciding who goes. Whether I am walking the dogs, or just giving them belly rubs, being with my dogs is the best practice I can do to keep myself healthy. Like they do the kids in our programs, they just make me happy.

 

13. The place I am happiest is…
I LOVE the mountains. Going home to the Smokey Mountains makes me smile. I don’t even have to get out of the car and I can feel all the stress leaving my body.

 

14. People are surprised to learn…
Folks are always a bit surprised to learn I like to quilt. I find it allows for me to be creative, relaxing and keeps my mind active. Thankfully, I am able to donate my quilts so the kids can use them when reading to their dogs.

 

15. 2020 taught me…
Last year was a wake-up call to remind us of what really is important in life. I learned you can never reach out to your family and friends enough, and to be fully engaged when you do.

 

It still warms my heart to know just how many lives are changing as a result of the work Kelly does with Kids and Canines.  Recognizing that special spark in kids that many people have given up on and finding this unique way to nurture it?  Incredible.  We hope your organization continues to flourish and grow so this amazing model can find its way to so many more people who need it.  Thank you Kelly for all you do!

Kelly Hodges has recognized and harnessed the power of the pup.  Kids and Canines is an amazing organization that benefits so many…from the at-risk youth who learn invaluable skills participating in dog training to the end-recipients of amazing service dogs, and let’s not forget the dogs themselves!  As a special needs parent, I am especially appreciative of the healing power of all animals, and I am so excited to learn more about Kelly’s very special non-profit.

 

1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I am extremely blessed because I get to work with troubled and disadvantaged kids, helping them make their world and futures better by teaching them important life, social and job skills. I run a non-profit, Kids and Canines, that works with youth who are selected by their therapists, counselors and teachers, to work with our therapy dogs. We teach reading skills to struggling elementary students and life and work skills to at-risk teens through a dog training program. The love of the dog brings smiles to every child. And watching them succeed, often against large odds, is incredibly rewarding.

2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.

KidsandCanines.org

http://www.facebook.com/KidsandCaninesTampa

 

3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
I’m a news junkie. The moment my eyes open, I pick up my phone. After doing a quick look to see if anything is pressing you will find me reading local, national and global news. Luckily for me I have several dogs in my home wanting their urgent needs met so it keeps me from staying on too long.

 

4. My best business advice is….
…to remember, you may not be the smartest person in the room. I don’t say this because we all need to be humble. In fact, I think women, especially, should often be more confident. I remind myself of this because it creates collaboration, and through collaborative efforts, everyone – business and employees – become better.

 

5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
My goal is more of an organizational goal. We started as a small program at one school many years ago. Since my arrival, four years ago, we have grown to provide services to multiple schools and have contracts with the Department of Juvenile Justice. My goal is to continue that growth by finding the support to move into a new facility that would allow us to expand our services to the community. To accomplish this, my personal goal is to spend more time understanding the wants and needs of my supporters and I will be dedicating my efforts to getting to know our donors better.

 

6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Kids and Canines relies on the generosity of our community. If you are a person who wants to make a difference in the community, and especially for a child who needs extra help to overcome their disabilities, environment, or circumstances I’d ask that you consider Kids and Canines as one of your charities of choice. You can volunteer, donate, and advocate.

 

7. Your Astrological sign:
I’ve seen my birthdate listed as both– Aries and Taurus. I suspect that there are times I am a bit of both, although I’m certain my husband would say I’m all bull!

 

8. Favorite donut:
Easy question, nothing beats a jelly-filled donut. It’s like Christmas, a present inside a wonderful box.

 

10. Favorite book:
I’d like to name any of my book club mandatory reading selections as they would make me look smarter, or even some business book, but honestly, at the end of a busy day I like my books to be easy reads and cuddle up with any good mystery. As a child, I loved The Phantom Tollbooth. It’s a delightful story I’d recommend for any parent / grandparent to share with their child.

 

11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
One of my biggest discoveries, and one that truly surprised me to learn during the pandemic, was it is OK to just sit without guilt. I watched everything, nothing was off-limits. I found myself staying up for days to watch multiple seasons back-to-back. Did you know that Midsomer Murders has 21 seasons you can see? I think I did just about every British show made plus so many folks have been talking about for years that I had never seen. I liked it all.

 

12. When I practice self-care I…
I should say I walk my dogs as a way of taking care of myself, I do, but never as often as I should. I have four therapy dogs living with me and each of them wants the same long walk and I have a hard time deciding who goes. Whether I am walking the dogs, or just giving them belly rubs, being with my dogs is the best practice I can do to keep myself healthy. Like they do the kids in our programs, they just make me happy.

 

13. The place I am happiest is…
I LOVE the mountains. Going home to the Smokey Mountains makes me smile. I don’t even have to get out of the car and I can feel all the stress leaving my body.

 

14. People are surprised to learn…
Folks are always a bit surprised to learn I like to quilt. I find it allows for me to be creative, relaxing and keeps my mind active. Thankfully, I am able to donate my quilts so the kids can use them when reading to their dogs.

 

15. 2020 taught me…
Last year was a wake-up call to remind us of what really is important in life. I learned you can never reach out to your family and friends enough, and to be fully engaged when you do.

 

It still warms my heart to know just how many lives are changing as a result of the work Kelly does with Kids and Canines.  Recognizing that special spark in kids that many people have given up on and finding this unique way to nurture it?  Incredible.  We hope your organization continues to flourish and grow so this amazing model can find its way to so many more people who need it.  Thank you Kelly for all you do!

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