|Lacey pictured with Skyler, Kiona and Sorel Bath|
“She is wonderful! She just leaned on me!” squealed one of the many children staying at the shelter. Thea and Lacey walk around and visit with the families. Sometimes the interaction can be as quick as a rub on Lacey’s head and other times, it is as profound as someone who just lost their pet in the fire clinging onto Lacey, crying. “Oftentimes children don’t know what to make of such tragedy and while petting Lacey, they may ask questions or get a moment of comfort and distraction. People open up in ways around Lacey that allow for the healing process to begin,” says Thea.
Thea and Lacey worked tirelessly during the Waldo Canyon Fire, almost one year ago in Colorado Springs. They serve with Ft. Carson’s Evans Army Hospital Chapter of the American Red Cross in Colorado Springs. The duo works with the Wounded Warriors and also assists patients with less-obvious injuries such as Post Tramatic Stress Disorder as well as trauma and anxiety from natural disasters such as wildfires.
|Brook Cramer, age 9, with her mother Shelly|
play with Lacey. At right: Thea Wasche, handler
In her professional career, Thea is a 30 year employee with the Department of Defense and currently serves as the Deputy Commander for the Force Support Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colorado.