Photography by Michelle Kilfeather
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Steph Miller used to have dreams of playing professional baseball.
Her parents met out east, where they're from. But their families weren't so keen on their respective different backgrounds, so the young couple came to the West Coast. Steph's dad got a job in a San Francisco law firm while her mom taught French.
Steph talks about her childhood, and she and Jeff start to realize how much they have in common. She goes on to describe her life in Atherton in the 1980s, before tech really took over the Peninsula culture. She was a latchkey kid who played a lot of baseball.
She shares stories of her family dogs and going to Giants games at Candlestick Park. Then Steph ends Part 1 with a recount of her college days in New Orleans and eventual return to the Bay Area.
Steph got her first dog in New Orleans.
In Part 2, Steph talks about returning home from New Orleans with her dog, Ruby, who joined two other dogs at Steph's parents' house. You could say that the pack ... got into some trouble. But luck related to Steph's adopting Ruby eventually led her to a career training and working with dogs.
She got a job at Mission Pet Hospital, and a vet there turned her on to a dog-training program at the SPCA. The rest is history.
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We recorded this podcast at Bernal Beast in August 2020.