My human partner:
I’ve been an HOV volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
I love being with my mom since she treats me like a princess. (I love wearing pretty clothes and even have my very own tiara.) Velcro could be my middle name since I follow mommy everywhere. Learning new tricks, going for rides and sometimes stopping for vanilla ice cream are tops on my list of favorites. Every day I write a ‘Zoeism’ (positive food for thought) on my very own Facebook page.
Before mommy adopted me, I was a stray and on the euthanasia list at the county shelter. I’ve come a long way! I have been featured in ads and a commercial for PetSmart. I earned my CGC, advanced certification and Distinguished Therapy Dog Award. I do many tricks—dancing, saluting, ringing a tap bell for my food, pushing a shopping cart, riding on an exercise ball and praying.
My work at HOV:
I love every moment of my volunteer work with HOV. I have visited group homes, assisted living facilities and private homes. Many of my patients have had dementia, and it is such a rewarding experience when they react to me in a positive way. One time when mommy put a man’s hand on my head, his fingers started to move and he said, “You are so soft.” That might not seem like anything special, but he had not spoken in many months. Mommy said it was a mini-miracle. One of my favorite patients was a lady who was nearly 100 years young and had owned fancy ladies dress stores. She knew fashion and loved the outfits I wore when I visited her. One time we did a fashion show of my outfits, and she commentated what I was wearing. That was so fun. Most of the time I sit in laps or snuggle close to patients in their beds so I can be loved on. Often I do my tricks and the more people who are watching me the better I perform. Being an HOV volunteer is the best!