My Human Partner:
I’ve been an HOV volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
I was lucky enough to go to my “fur-ever” home with my human mom when I was 1 1/2 years old. Since then I want to go everywhere she goes and she wants to take me everywhere, so it works out just fine. I just love rides in my mom’s truck (inside the comfy cab of course).
My mom says I’m unique and she should know…she keeps looking and still has yet to see or hear of another dog like me. Please allow me to add that I’m smart too…I know a mere 38 commands. When I’m not showing off my commands, I love to play fetch with my ball or bark, jump, and run circles at birds and low-flying helicopters. While I’m at it, I keep things safe at home by using my keen nose, ears and intuition to sense what’s going on and help out as needed. Last but not least, please allow me to mention food. I love to eat anything I can put in my mouth! My most favorites are Pup-arroni or Beggin' Strips in case you happen to see me.
My work at HOV:
I visit HOV patients anywhere my mom takes me, including skilled nursing facilities, group homes and private homes. I am especially famous for modeling the many, many lights that my mom attaches to my HOV vest for events such as the Electric Light Parade and Light Up a Life.
Currently I visit an adult palliative care unit and the children at Ryan House. I pride myself on being more reserved at the PCU, behaving in a very calm and gentle manner, often not wanting to leave the bedsides. When we pull into the driveway at Ryan House however, it’s a different story. I get so excited …I’m ready to jump out of the truck, wag my tail at 50 mph, and whine for joy before we even get to the front door. What can I say? I just love those kids. I take my cue from each child and will lay down beside them as close as I can, or play hide-and-seek, or paint with them (I let them put my paws into paint for them to decorate their paper—I love my purple feet for days thereafter!), or lay quietly a few feet away from the children who aren’t quite sure about having a dog visitor.