Tibetan Spaniel (aka a “Tibbie,” an ancient breed once prized for running on the monastery walls to alert Tibetan masters of intruders).
My human partner:
I’ve been an HOV volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
I take my alert duties very seriously and have saved mom from many murderous cats and salesmen. I love chew toys, especially my “keys” and stuffed hamburger – and of course any toy that my two dog siblings want. I am fast as a bullet and jump like a mountain goat. The three of us have a “race track” that includes a romp through the backyard, around the garden, in the dog door and around the top of the sectional sofa. For a little guy that can be quite a workout. I play hard and I sleep hard, looking like a furry rag doll tossed onto the sofa when I am in recovery mode.
My work at HOV:
As much as I love to play, my favorite activity is snuggling with Mom, Dad, or frankly anyone who will snuggle with me. Mom says I am a natural for a therapy dog. Plus I am incredibly soft which seems to draw people to stroke and pet my fluffy blond coat. I sense when someone is tired or not feeling well and love to bring smiles to weary souls. I love all kinds of people, young or old, especially when I sense they need comfort, such as my Hospice of the Valley clients.
When Mom dresses me in my special HOV therapy dog vest and tells me it’s time to work, I take it very seriously. I like visiting facilities where I can see all kinds of people, just a few minutes at a time. Recently we have started with home visits and I love the extra time getting to know that special patient one-on-one.