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.
There’s nothing like a visit from a four-legged creature to brighten the day. Whether it’s a yellow lab or a chihuahua, a cat or even a miniature horse, Hospice of the Valley’s Pet Connections program has just the right pet therapy team to call upon patients and families.
Registered pet therapy teams visit with patients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis wherever they reside – at home or in professional care settings. For some patients, contact with these gentle animals evokes memories of pets in their lives, past or present.
Studies have shown many benefits of pet companionship, ranging from reduced blood pressure and anxiety to relief from boredom, pain and loneliness.
Our pet therapy volunteers say they get as much joy from the experience as our patients. If you have an interest in becoming a pet therapy team with your pet, visit our Pet Connections Volunteer page for more information.
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 flyer. For more pet loss bereavement support resources, click here.