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Sal

Breed:
American Scottsdale Rescue Cat

My Human Partner:
Tracy Howell

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2021

My interests, hobbies & talents:
Mainly, I'm a big fan of going outside. I like climbing trees, chasing bugs, and jumping high. My mom and I have a goal we are working on of me riding in the  basket on her bike. When we are outside I approach almost everyone I meet because I am a super friendly boy. We took a vacation to California last year and I enjoyed watching the ocean from the condo deck. 

My work at HOV:
I love working for HOV! I get to meet so many people and a lot of times I can sit on their laps or lay in bed with them and go to sleep. How many people can say that about their job? People are usually surprised to see me walk into their facility and walk on a leash to find our patient. It brings a lot of smiles and surprised looks! I don’t even mind taking long car rides to see HOV patients throughout the valley, as long as I’m not the driver.

Sully

Breed:
English Golden

My Human Partner:
Julie Flynn

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2021

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I love to go for rides in the car, visiting folks and playing frisbee.  Pre-covid, my human, therapy dog brother and I visited dog beach in San Diego. That will always be my first love, especially diving into the waves. 

My work at HOV:
I’m newer at this job than is my brother, Mulligan, who also works for HOV. I visit patients for HOV in a group home and in a larger assisted living facility and I love it!

Sadie

Breed:
Cocker Spaniel mix

My Human Partner:
Robert Parke

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2021

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I am a member of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a Canine Good Citizen and a member of the HOV Pet Connections team. I previously visited with friends in Colorado until I came to sunny AZ with my dad. My breed is a mixture of Cocker Spaniel, Shi Tzu and Bichon Frise. I enjoy going on road trips, hiking and exploring new places. I may be petite, but I have a good time playing dog games including chase, steal the toy and tug.  

My work at HOV:
What I relish more than anything else is meeting and visiting humankind. I am very affectionate and take great satisfaction in interacting with all people, especially those that need me the most.  I am good at getting humans to give me attention, including but not limited to, rubs in all the right places. I am always ready to meet new folk and share some dog love.

Braxton

Breed:
Greyhound

My Human Partner:
Nancy Smith

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2021

My interests, hobbies & talents:
Once a professional race dog, always a race dog. I love doing zoomies outside, running circles around the tree. I’m proud to say that I do it so much that I’ve made my own personal private racetrack. Afterwards I’m so beat that I come in and immediately jump onto the couch and go to sleep.

My work at HOV:
Something called a pandemic delayed my starting date with HOV. I can’t wait to do my visits to one of the HOV inpatient units and to patients wherever they live and need my lovin’. I’m just the right height for everyone to pet me from their bed, recliner or chair without having to reach down. I can be quite the Velcro dog as I love to be petted.

Lovey

Lovey, Pet Therapist

Breed:
Yorkshire Terrier

My Human Partner:
Shelly Ince

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2019

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I love spending time with my big sister Izzy and with my mom. My favorite place to be is anywhere Mom is!

My work at HOV:
I love going to visit our sweet person at the group home! She is always so happy to see me and gives me lots of “ear rubs”. I also like saying Hi to all the other residents when we are there.

Mia Kalua

Breed:
Miki (a mix of Japanese Chin, Maltese and Papillion.)

My Human Partner:
Diane Bykowski

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2018

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I love going for rides in the car and going for walks. I also love learning new tricks. My favorite past time is volunteering, especially for Hospice of the Valley.

My work at HOV:
I have been a therapy dog most of my life. I love going to Sherman house where I can visit with patients, families and even staff. Of course, cuddling with patients is the best. I also love visiting my HOV friends in a group home. I have been an HOV therapist most of my life...over 3 years.

Ginger

Breed:
Goldendoodle

My Human Partner:
Ed Berg

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2021

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I feel like it’s my job to bring smiles to everyone's face. I even also help my human by becoming his service dog. Two great jobs at once!

My work at HOV:
When I was very young, my dad recognized that I have intuition about people and caring for them. I’m so proud and happy that he knew to make me a therapy dog and join Hospice of the Valley.

CJ

Breed:
Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso

My Human Partner:
Jennifer Clack

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2021

My interests, hobbies & talents:
My two greatest interests in life are people and food. I wag my tail to greet every person I see - people call me a ‘good will ambassador’. I gobble down my daily meals, but my favorites are mommy’s small treats of bacon, eggs, and hamburger. I am a meat eater, and if mommy drops a piece of vegetable on the floor, it could sit there for a month for all I care as I’m not going near it. I love our daily walks which are 2 miles a day minimum, not too shabby for a little guy like me. Bones are terrific, and I love chew toys which I punch with my paws to make as much noise as I can, especially when mommy is trying to sleep. I like to lay with my legs straight back which is called a ‘sploot’. I enjoy other dogs but NOT cats. 

My work at HOV:
I am new to HOV in 2021, but my calm and loving demeanor is perfect for this type of work. I have been volunteering for several years as a therapy dog and every time one of my volunteer vests goes on my little body I jump to the ceiling with excitement! Yippee we get to go out and help people and they will pet me! 

Ty

Breed:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

My Human Partner:
Jane Conrow

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2017

My interests, hobbies & talents:
Besides food, I love learning new tricks and competing in obedience trials. Of course there's nothing I like better than our daily sessions when I get to practice retrieving, running through tunnels and jumping over the different obedience obstacles. My owner calls it training.  I call it fun! Besides if I'm good, I just might earn a cookie.

My work at HOV:
Being a Cavalier, I am naturally very people oriented and rarely encounter a lap I don't like or a person that wouldn't do with a good doggie cuddle.  So doing pet therapy for Hospice of the Valley is right up my alley. My owner and I get to meet so many wonderful people when we visit:  patients, their family and friends, and facility staff. And there's nothing better than to see someone smile, when s/he sees me. It never gets boring or old.  Finally just between you and me, my owner is kind of shy. Consequently, I'm able to break the ice for her and make it easier for her to converse with new people.

Frodo

Breed:
Italian Greyhound Poodle

My Human Partner:
Lisa Sanders

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2018

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I love getting attention from people. I like to play with toys, cuddle with my mom and even dance. Yes, I dance AND give high fives. I will do anything for a treat. I can also jump high when I want to. One more thing I can do is dog yoga… if you go on your “all fours” (aka tabletop) I will jump on your back- it’s fun for me and my yogi partner!

My work at HOV:
I am so lucky that my mom adopted me when my first family moved. I have a great life and love working for HOV and visiting people. I like making people smile and laugh. They all say I look like a raccoon. I take turns with my canine sister in going out with mom on HOV visits. My sister gets to see the patients who want a super mellow dog on their lap but if they prefer a more active guy with personality plus, I’m the boy for them.

Honey Badger

Breed:
Havanese

My Human Partner:
Debbie Kimmick

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2014

My interests, hobbies & talents:
My interest is getting dressed up. I have to use all four paws and my tail to count how many dresses I own. I even have several pearl and diamond necklaces. I love going to the mall with my mom and meeting everyone there (I know there are treats behind some counters). I love visiting the neighborhood dogs and remind them, I am the boss. I have 4 wild cats that live in my backyard that I like to play with. I am always with my mom and when she ignores me as she works, I am always next to her desk waiting for her to reach down to pet me.

My work at HOV:
I love visiting the HOV inpatient unit in Surprise. Every time I go I get to meet new people. I love snuggling in bed with HOV clients and letting them pet me. Kids will sit on the floor in front of the windows and play with me. Everyone must love me because they smile when I walk in. I also visit HOV clients and their families in their homes, and make them happy. I’m even one of the 2021 calendar girls with 11 of my other HOV pet friends.

Otis

Otis, pet therapist

Breed:
Irish Wolfhound mix

My Human Partner:
Drew Eastmead

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2019

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I will readily plop on any persons’ feet and visit anyone who will pet me. When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring yards, playing in dirt, eating turkey jerky (my favorite!), playing with my sisters and introducing myself to new dogs by vigorously wagging my tail.

My work at HOV:
Since I started with Hospice of the Valley, I have visited a number of patients and facilities throughout the valley. I bring smiles, comfort and relaxation to everyone I visit — including staff!