My Human Partner:
I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
As a Golden Retriever, my breed is supposed to be a hunting dog that retrieves ducks from the water. Well, I really love to go swimming but I’m not into all that fetching stuff. My dad throws the tennis ball and Frisbee and I just stare at him until he goes and gets it himself (why should I expend all that energy). I love our morning walks where we meet people and other dogs. I’ve learned several tricks including shake, high five, high ten, crawl, spin around, roll over, and saying my prayers. I love little kids and we also volunteer at a hospital where I get to visit the kids. I’m starting to learn the alphabet and the little kids, and even adults, get a big kick out of that. My dad dresses me up with costumes and hats for various holidays. I get a little embarrassed, but the people seem to enjoy it. My motto is: “Golden blondes have more fun!”
My work at HOV:
Every week I get to go visit friends, family and staff at an assisted living facility and also at the Palliative Care Unit at Friendship Village. We have also visited a group home and occasionally we get to greet at public HOV community functions. It makes me happy to see people smile when I come into the room. I love it when people pet and rub my soft fur and especially my velvety ears. I sit patiently and sometimes lean lovingly against their leg to let them know I am their friend. Whenever we leave, I have been taught to be polite and wave goodbye. My dad and I are glad that we can bring a little happiness into people’s lives, even if it is only for a short time.