Barb aka "Mama B"

Simply put, Barb is an avid dog lover & a self proclaimed “Abled Disabled” person. The latter is largely due to the super positive attitude she lives by despite her host of medical problems. “I believe that anyone with a brain can do something despite their adverse circumstances” says Barb, a tenacious former nurse who fell back on the dog training/walking/bathing skills she gained from her youth. Creating and offering her own pup services proved to be extremely rewarding to both Barb and her clients. Panther “The Influencer” Panther, a mixed breed rescue, is the reason behind the existence of 12 Paws Foundation. Barbs eventual decline in health led her to a crucial place in her life where she needed a Service Dog to assist her with ADL’S (activities of everyday living)

Panther became Barb’s first privately trained Service Dog.Their unique pairing led them on a 14 year special uphill journey.With Panther’s help, Barb survived despite her doctor’s, “I’m sending you home to die”, doom & gloom prognosis. Panther became the very best trained Assistance pup wheelchair bound Barb could ever have! She saved her owner’s life in many many ways.

Sasha “The Diva” Sasha the Diva, an AKC Shiba Inu, was the 2nd Service Dog Barb trained for herself as Panther was growing much older. Despite Sasha’s petite stature resembling a little fox, she became “the spare” or back up. The idea was to help ensure continuity of Barb’s Service Dog assistance if the 1st one was unable to work. After a short time of filling in for Panther, Sasha decided that she no longer enjoyed being this type of working pup. She absolutely despised wearing her vest uniform. Equally so, she didn’t show the necessary patience etc that was mandatory for her canine assistance duties. Responsibly, Barb retired Sasha from Service Dog work only to utilize her talents elsewhere. Sasha became newly employed as an animal star in a full feature length movie called Heavy Water. There the little diva shined and still entertains to make people laugh!

Tobi “The Tummie!” Tobi, a Presa Canario newborn puppy grew quickly into a brindled female version of Clifford the cartoon dog! Barb rescued her from the pound to become Panther’s new spare. Tall muscular Tobie was an extremely slow learner. Seemed like her arms, legs, tail, and head grew way faster than her brain. Barb fought the recurrent temptation to count her out for the “spare” assignment. 3 years later, Tobi learned to perform the required special skills to begin training outdoors with Barb. The drooly canine assisted Barb with mobility for her rare Muscular Dystrophy. Nala later became a beloved & effective tool that substantially helped an autistic teen. Her rugged look also helped impress teen boys in a group home causing each to earn visits with her when Barb was a CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children) Oreo Doublestuff “The All Arounder” After Tobi’s sudden & unexpected death, Panther was diagnosed with lung cancer. Out of sheer love, Panther continued to help Barb around the house.

Realizing that it was dire to train another pup, The sad woman rescued a white polka dotted abused Dalmation mix whose original name was Cauliflower Shane. Barb immediately renamed him Oreo Doublestuff because he had double the love, playfulness, licks, ball playing, and snuggling she had ever seen! Panther befriended the baby pup and looked after him as if she knew he would replace her. Oreo became an excellent Service Dog especially indoors. He became the best of all the dogs in opening & closing the fridge, cabinets, picking up dropped items, and more! This gem now visits & helps senior citizens, the disabled, and plays with children since his semi-retirement. Nala “The Gentle Giant” Nala lovingly called Nala Wala, is Barb’s current Service Dog in her 1st year of training. As the whitest & fluffiest puppy, she is often mistaken for a big polar bear by children. No longer in a wheelchair fulltime, Barb’s greatest need of a Service Dog at this time is mobility help - specifically with ambulation. Donned with her leg braces, Nala’s crucial job is to give a strong yet gentle enough pull with her leash that is usually tethered to Barb’s waist. Barb’s rare Muscular Dystrophy stems from a deficiency of a chemical that gives muscles energy. So, although she can walk to varying degrees, it takes a pull to get her leg muscles to begin walking.

The jury on Nala is still out since she’s so young. But so far she is a huge asset in work and play. Because her stunning look attracts many to reach out and touch her, Barb steadfastly advocates and teaches in love this phrase, “Please ask for permission in touching Service Animals” About 12PF: OUR MOTTO: YOUR NEED IS OUR LEAD 12 Paws Foundation was founded and created by Barb McCarter. It's goal is to provide low cost or free Service Dog Training to those in need {as funding permits} It's long term goal is to provide Worldwide Education about these wonderful working animals to create Worldwide Acceptance. For the handler it means being treated fairly and as equal as anyone else wherever he or she may be. This Non-Profit entity was birthed out of Barb's own need for this type of assistance. Barb is a former nurse who progressively became officially disabled in 1993. Her true story led her to both acquire and train first Service Dog named Panther.

Barb's unique autobiography is chronicled in her first published book called Panther & Me! by Barb McCarter-Walker. It is sold on Amazon and on this Shopify site as well.