Patricia “Trisha” Simonet Brost

  • Birth 1959
  • Death 2 Dec 2010
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 63990198

Patricia "Trisha" Simonet Brost

Lost her epic three year long battle with cancer and died in the arms of her loving husband at their Spokane home on December 2, 2010 at the age of 51.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Robert Brost, of Spokane; her mother, Judy and brothers Greg, John, and Michael of Hawaii; her sisters Darlene and Loretta, and her brothers Arnold and Robert of San Diego.

Trisha was born in 1959 and as an "army brat" grew up in several cities around the United States before she settled in San Diego, where she graduated from High School in 1977.
Trisha's life was defined by her dedication to helping animals. She followed her dream and while in San Diego, she worked for the world famous San Diego Zoological Association at their 1800 acre Wild Animal Park, performing at the Bird Show.

It was also at the Wild Animal Park that she and her husband got married in a wedding themed as a "Victorian Safari" in which they rode off on an elephant.

When she lived in Lake Tahoe, Trisha taught animal behavior courses at Sierra Nevada College while she attended the University of Nevada, Reno seeking her Ph.D. in animal behavior. It was here that she did ground breaking research on mirror recognition with Asian Elephants. It was also here, while researching the meaning of sounds that dogs make, she "discovered" Dog Laughter, garnering worldwide attention and an appearance on Good Morning America.

In Spokane, Trisha worked as an animal behaviorist at SCRAPS, the county animal shelter, where she helped promote pet adoptions by matching the animal's "personality" with that of their prospective owners. She was frequently the public face of SCRAPS and was interviewed by the local media when an animal "made the news". For a time she also did a weekly Saturday TV segment entitled "PETiquette" in which she advised the public on training proper pet behavior (Pet Etiquette).
In 2005 she once again received world wide publicity by demonstrating that the playing of the Dog Laughter sound at SCRAPS helped calm the dogs and increase the rate of adoptions. With the help of her husband, she produced and sold over a thousand audio CD's of the Dog Laughter sound to dog shelters through out the country and the world. Her husband plans to continue to sell her CD's.

In her "spare" time, Trisha volunteered at the Spokane Humane Society both training their volunteers as well as serving on their Board of Directors. She was also a member of the Spokane Dog Training Club where she and her husband were often seen taking classes with their furry Briards.

In 2010, the Spokane County Board of Supervisors recognized Trisha's outstanding service to the community and honored her by naming Spokane County's only off leash dog park, the "Patricia Simonet Laughing Dog Park."

A public memorial service and celebration of Trisha's life will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 1:00 pm in the Spokane Buddhist Temple at 927 S PERRY ST, SPOKANE. Donations to the Temple may be made in lieu of flowers.

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