Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix
My human partner:
I’ve been an HOV volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
My interests revolve around people. I was found as a stray puppy in the farmlands of Waddell, Arizona, but I now have a forever home with two mommies! I am very proud to say that I am a registered therapy dog and earned the Canine Good Citizen and the Advanced Canine Good Citizen titles. I love visiting with the elderly, young and anyone in-between. I am featured in JibJab commercials for e-greeting cards. The HOV Mesa White Dove Thrift Shoppe asked me to perform a skit. That was a blast—lots of customers laughing and clapping. I like being the center of attention.
My work at HOV:
My work at HOV is rewarding. I’m not sure why humans call it “work.” I prefer to call it “fur therapy” for humans. Everyone seems to need it. I provide therapy for folks in independent and assisted living, and a memory care unit. I keep track of who I have greeted and who still needs some fur therapy from me. I lay quietly by their feet if they just want to talk to Mom, or I lie next to them in bed so they can pet and talk to me. Some don’t talk, but they sure smile big when my Mom takes their hand to stroke my fur.
My photo tells the whole story:
I am proud to represent Hospice of the Valley and hold my head up high to wear the HOV vest.
You and your best friend can become part of Hospice of the Valley’s Pet Connections program. We accept dogs, cats, rabbits and miniature horses into our pet therapy program, which serves patients throughout Maricopa and Northern Pinal counties.
A great therapy animal is friendly, confident and likes visiting people. The most important characteristic is the animal’s temperament. The animal must be friendly, patient, gentle and calm in all types of situations. Dogs should be controllable on a leash, welcoming to strangers, non-aggressive with other dogs and have basic obedience skills. All pet teams must be evaluated and registered with a national pet organization. Hospice of the Valley accepts several national registering agencies. We can assist you in navigating the registration process.
Pet therapy teams typically visit with patients from one to two hours per week in many different settings: inpatient hospice homes, skilled nursing facilities, group homes, and patients’ private homes.
Volunteers are required to complete a comprehensive training program prior to any patient assignment. Pets must be registered by a nationally recognized pet therapy organization – such as Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs Incorporated/Alliance of Therapy Dogs – prior to starting Hospice of the Valley’s training.
For more information about participating in the Pet Connections program, please contact a pet team coordinator in your area listed below. Or contact our Volunteer Services department at 602.636.6336 or via email.
East & Southeast Valley & Casa Grande
Northeast & West Valley, Anthem, Central Phoenix & Wickenburg
Pet Loss Support Group: For those who have experienced the loss of a beloved pet, Hospice of the Valley hosts a Pet Loss Support Group on the first Saturday of every month. Click here for details.
For more pet loss bereavement support resources, click here.