StubbyDog Team Member Spotlight: Ingrid Fromm

May 2, 2012  

Drum roll please! Here is our second featured team member profile. This one is of the women who is often behind the scenes (we call her the “Wizard”) making sure our site and stories are as emotionally resonate from a visual perspective as they are touching and inspirational from a text perspective. She has so many other hats that it would take a whole hat factory to even begin to quantify all she does for us. Introducing the amazing Ingrid Fromm!

In three sentences or less, how did you become a pit bull person?
My sister found an abandoned puppy at a gas station 16 years ago. She is a pit mix and the sweetest dog I have ever met. I lived with her for over 10 years, and her disposition is amazing. Then after working at North Shore Animal League America, I saw so many pit bulls and they were all so wonderful, friendly, smart and silly. I hated the struggle it was to get a pit bull into a good home. Now, it’s a matter of advocating for the dogs that need it.

Your professional/educational background?
I graduated from SUNY-Binghamton as a theater major. I worked as a TV producer and a news Web producer. After that, I was a Web manager for North Shore Animal League America and now do the same, and more, for StubbyDog!

What do you love most about volunteering for StubbyDog?
I love the passion people have for pit bulls – the fans are just amazing. I love reading the stories, and I am deeply touched by every one of them. The communication I have with all the contributors is fantastic. I love working with my fellow volunteers; they are smart and enthusiastic, supportive and make me laugh all the time. Lastly, I feel like I am part of a solution and a part of something so important. I think my future will be in animal advocacy.

What pets share the house with you?
Right now it’s just my boy, Murphy, a Retriever/Chow/Shih Tzu/? Mix. He is incredibly fearful but also very dominant, so he’s a continual work in progress, but he’s super smart. When I feel he’s ready, I will adopt another dog, and since I will need a super friendly dog to help him, it will probably be a pit bull.

Tell us about your first experience with a pit bull?
My first experience was with my furniece, Freia. She’s such an incredible girl, so sweet and was the best friend to my former dog Mickey. She even tolerated Murphy’s puppish behavior. She is one of those dogs that just love everyone.

What’s one thing your dog does to really crack you up?
Murphy is so silly I couldn’t pick just one thing. He likes to stand on his head with his butt in the air while you pet his butt. He pokes you when he wants something. He loves to jump up on things, unusual things, like retaining walls and picnic tables. He loves to chase things that fly … bugs, birds and planes! Yes, planes! And now he has started howling when fire trucks go by the house. He is definitely the silliest dog I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with.

If you could tell everyone in the world one thing about pit bulls, what would it be?
That pit bulls are just dogs and shouldn’t be judged for how they look. I want people to see dogs as individuals, not as labels; labels on dogs usually don’t do any good. I’ve met a lot of pit bulls, and I’ve never met one that wasn’t ridiculously friendly and sweet.

What’s your hometown, and where do you live now?
I am from Rockville Centre, N.Y., and have lived on Long Island all my life until I moved to Edison, N.J. about a year ago.

Which StubbyDog story has made you cry the most so far?
The better question would be what story hasn’t made me cry. I cried like a baby at “Sway Love” and “Hope’s Christmas Poem .” I am so attracted to stories like “The Healing Power of a Pit Bull” and “How Lily Gave Yam a New Life” because I love how a pit bull can have an unexpected and positive effect on a person or another dog. All the stories are so sweet and poignant – I’m teary practically all the time while I post them.

What’s your favorite thing about our StubbyDog fans?
I love their devotion to make things better for pit bulls, their camaraderie with other pit bull or dog people, and their passion for their dogs. They are so wonderful and supportive, and they put a smile on my face every day.

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9 Responses to “StubbyDog Team Member Spotlight: Ingrid Fromm”
  1. woofslc says:

    We love you Ingrid, thank you for all you do for stubby dogs everywhere!!!  xooxxoxo ~melissa, honey, cappy, tiggs, and olive.

    • StubbyDog says:

       @woofslc Aw thanks Melissa,  I love you you guys too! You brighten up my days with your amazing photos of your doggies!

    •  @woofslc Watch her Melissa, some day your dogs will mysteriously go missing and I promise you it will be a case of ‘Fromm-napping’

  2. Kari Fromm says:

    You are the best sister ever. Thank’s for posting that story about your niece Freia and the amazing picture you took of her. She is still the most wonderful dog in the world as you are the most wonderful sister! Love you sis, Kari

    • StubbyDog says:

       @Kari Fromm aw thanks.

      • Kari Fromm says:

        I would just like to say how lucky you are for  having my sister , Ingrid Fromm on The Stubby Dog Team. She is the most wonderful and caring person I know. I am proud to call Ingrid my sister!!!!!!!!  I love you Ingrid…..Love your sister ,Kari

  3. Matt.S says:

    You’re a busy person. Thanks for all your hard work on behalf of our beloved companions.

    • StubbyDog says:

       @Matt.S Thanks Matt, working for StubbyDog is the most rewarding job in the world!