My Human Partner:
I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
Since I was 4 months old and big enough to do so, I have enjoyed retrieving the newspaper every morning for Mom and Dad. It gives me a job to do and I know I'll get a treat as my reward. Like most Golden Retrievers, I love the pool, a pond, a lake, a mud hole—you get it, anything with water. If you add in tossing the ball to me, this could go on for hours and hours. I love to go to our cabin in the woods where I hike and explore all the wonderful scents that the forest has to offer. If I'm lucky I get to go in the winter too and play in the snow. You might think I’m always wet, muddy or full of leaves or snow from all my fun adventures. However, I also like my Tuesday showers before HOV volunteer day. After all, I want to be at my finest to visit my special HOV people!
My work at HOV:
My work began in patients’ homes, which was fun. Each patient had different needs and I learned to adapt. I love to be petted. Since I'm a big girl and can't get up on the bed, I often get invited to sit on an ottoman next to my patient for easy snuggling. For the past year Mom and I visit the Beatitudes Campus every week, where we are welcomed by the caregivers, residents, and our hospice patients and staff. We love it here. In the summer when it is really hot outside I get to wear my red shoes to protect my paws since the parking lot is very hot. This is a big hit with everyone we see. They know me as the dog with the red shoes. I know when it's HOV day because my vest comes out and I can't wait to put it on and go. Mom and I are lucky to be part of this wonderful organization.