Rebound'n Celestial Sojourner aka “Rebound”
American Cocker Spaniel
My Human Partners:
Kathy Glaeser-Pater and Leslie Pater
I’ve been an HOV volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
My mom and dad think that I was heaven-sent to them by the two Cocker Spaniel furkids that they lost to cancer two months prior to me joining the family. I used to tag along with my much older hound dog brother when he visited older residents at my "grandmother's" retirement community. He taught me the basics of how to be gentle with these very special people.
My hobbies include playing with my three puppies at home. I also live with two cats who I think believe they are dogs! I love to do tricks especially for my favorite treats: carrots, frozen green beans and banana chips. My favorite thing to do is chase and fetch my ball. I will do it for as long my humans will throw it! I have passed my Canine Good Citizen test and am an AKC Therapy Dog.
My work at HOV:
My work at HOV involves visiting older patients in HOV palliative care units, group homes, and skilled/assisted living facilities. Sometimes they do not remember me from visit to visit but that's ok. They still talk to me, pet and hug me, give me belly rubs, or even ask for kisses (which I happily oblige). I don’t even mind if they forget and call me by different names. Sometimes we only get to visit a person once or twice and then we'll go on to another person. It really doesn't matter to me. I just enjoy all of the attention that I get. I really enjoy making people laugh and smile and I’m good at my job.