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Mac

Mac, Pet therapist

Breed:
Great Dane

My Human Partner:
Chas Quinn

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2020

My interests, hobbies & talents:
Since being re-homed a year ago, I have made myself quite at home. I always have a toy in my mouth and will find my precious Marmaduke (minus the ears) anywhere my humans hide it. I love lounging on the couch, playing with my Husky sister, watching the cats, soft-mouthing the faces of those I love and going for long walks in the riverbed. I can always be found inches away from the family members, if not on their laps or leaning on them (a neighbor suggests my name be changed to Eileen).

My work at HOV:
Visiting for HOV has been an honor and falls right in my wheelhouse of wanting to give and get love 24/7. Given my size (a mere 120 pounds and 34 inches tall at my shoulders), people don’t even need to bend over to connect with my eyes or pet me. I have enjoyed sharing my love with those who really need it. Given my silly personality, hopefully I provide a moment or two of levity. My HOV job has also been most beneficial for me to become more confident and comfortable with the car and new spaces. Win, win! Love my job!

Poppy

Breed:
MaltiPoo

My Human Partner:
Rachel Freed

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2019

My interests, hobbies & talents:
My favorite thing to do is cuddle. I can get comfortable just about anywhere, with anyone. I also just love treats and will start doing tricks as soon as I see or smell them. 

My work at HOV:
I must admit it—as much as my work is all about the clients and their families, I just love all the attention I get on visits. The rewards are THE best. Everywhere I go people always comment on how soft my hair is and they love the pretty bows I wear. (Thanks, mom, for taking such good care of me and my hairdo.) After I briefly sniff out the surroundings where I’m visiting, I quickly settle in and find a cozy spot to sit and be pet. Ahhh….see what I mean? The best!

Max

Breed:
Golden Retriever

My Human Partner:
Cindy Nelson

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2019

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I absolutely LOVE swimming, but some of my other faves are hiking in the mountains with my humans, eating, going for walks around my neighborhood, eating again, riding in the car, playing chasing around the house with my brother Baldwin (who happens to be a cat). He likes to chase me when I run around with a stuffed animal in my mouth. Did I mention eating? I’m a Golden Retriever, so I’m kind of a foodie, particularly when it comes to bananas and green beans…but NOT necessarily together. I have lots of friends in my neighborhood and I try to see each of them every day. As I’ve gotten older, I also like to take naps. At night, I sneak up and sleep on my mom and dad’s bed, pushing them aside to make more room for myself, but they still love me!

My work at HOV:
On weekends or after a day of work at my mom’s office visiting the children, I sure look forward to seeing all my Hospice of the Valley friends at the skilled nursing and memory care facilities. With gusto, I say, “Here I come, the Big Red Dog!” and they greet me with such big smiles. Making new friends is the best part of being with Hospice of the Valley’s Pet Connections program!

Cassie

Breed:
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

My Human Partner:
Mary Anderson

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2010

My interests, hobbies & talents:
Let me see…. I love to eat, eat, snack, nibble on food and eat! OH, I also love food, food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, treats and eating. What can I say, even with all my eating, I am gifted with a high metabolism and petite physique!

My work at HOV:
Honestly, I refuse to even call my volunteering at Hospice of the Valley work. It’s far too fun to possibly be work! I love visiting my special friends at Ryan House pediatrics and in group homes and skilled nursing facilities. I think my most favorite place is the memory unit where I’ve been visiting for years.

Noel

Breed:
Domestic medium-haired cat

My Human Partner:
Sam Glauser

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2016

My interests, hobbies & talents:
Hi! I'm Noel and I may look like a cat, but my mom thinks I have some dog in me, too. At home you'll find me on her lap, snuggling my dogs, or flying through the air to catch a feather toy or laser mouse. I love dogs of all sizes and teaching them to respect cats. I have trained lots of foster dogs and cats the rules of the house. 

My work at HOV:
My job with Hospice of the Valley is so much fun, it doesn't even feel like work!  I go anywhere near and far. Wherever there is an avid cat loving client missing feline love—private homes, group homes and nursing facilities. There's nothing I love more than a warm lap and I'm so happy meeting new friends. People don't expect cats to be so friendly and I love changing their impressions. I even let them rub my belly!

Scarlet Rose

My Breed:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

My Human Partner:
Holly Bohling

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
2019

My interests, hobbies and talents:
I am a retired champion show dog and former mama.  I still love to see a new puppy occasionally, but now that I am retired, I am always glad it belongs to someone else.   I love my morning walks and hunting in the backyard.  I am an excellent 'huntress!'  I like to help my dog mates find lizards, geckos and even mice.  We even once discovered a King snake!  It was a bit too big for me, so I left that one alone.  But I am proud to say that I have been able to capture many little critters in my time.  I am faster than the others in my pack and once I capture my prey, I really don't like to let it go.

I love people and meeting new humans.  I like it when they hold and pet me. I also love when someone plays the piano---- never fails to get me to fall fast asleep.  Who doesn’t like a good nap?!

My work at HOV:
I love being a Hospice of the Valley Pet Connections therapy dog.  When I put on my blue HOV vest, I know exactly where we are going, and I am excited to be doing such important work. When we go on a visit, I trot right in the door with my best strut, knowing that I am doing good deeds that are most appreciated by all.   I am a mellow cavalier and sit quietly while someone greets and loves on me.  I love to sit on their lap, or just let them pet me if that is what they prefer.  Most people love to hold my ears since they are so smooth and silky.

Jaxon

Breed:
Yellow Labrador Retriever

My Human Partner:
Lindsay Swingle

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
2019

My interests, hobbies & talents:

I have a dual major: I am a certified Service Dog for my mom, Lindsay, and I am also a therapy dog. My job duties as a service dog include opening doors, helping Mom when she falls, and retrieving items for Mom. It may sound like a hard job, but it’s easy for me. I love to wait and hear what I may do next to help my mom.

When I’m not doing either job, I enjoy visiting with neighbors, running in the forest, playing ball in the yard, and pulling ALL of my toys out of the toy box.

My work at HOV:
When I am doing my therapy duties, I especially enjoy working with Hospice of the Valley and visiting our patients in the group home where they live. In addition, I get to visit other friends in special-ed classrooms, a local hospital, and even a library where I simply sit back and listen to children read to me. This so-called working stuff is the life!

Monte

My Breed:
Havanese

My Human Partner:
Freida Sherman

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
2018

My interests, hobbies and talents:
I love people. It’s my greatest pleasure to say hello to each and every person when I go for a walk, shopping or visiting friends with my mom and dad. Getting a nice scratch behind the ears and a compliment on how cute I am makes me even happier. Sometimes I need to speak a little to alert my 2- legged friends that I want more snuggling, attention or a treat. My favorite activity when at home is to sit on the top of the sofa looking out the front window at the people walking down the street past my home. I’m a very brave guardian barking at all who pass by. Somehow my courage is diminished when I meet any dog who is bigger than me. My tricks include rolling over, dancing and crawling. Being rewarded with a dog biscuit makes my performance even better.

My work at HOV:
The job at Hospice of the Valley was made for me. All I do is make people smile and feel happier. So easy! The people I visit sometimes pet, scratch, chat or just gaze into my big, dark eyes. Sometimes I’m invited to sit on someone's lap or lie next to them on their bed. I visit people in private residences, nursing facilities and HOV units. My goal is to bring a little happiness into someone’s day. Visiting HOV patients certainly makes me feel great too!

Luke

Breed:
Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

My Human Partner:
Mary Deming

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
October 2017

My interests, hobbies & talents:
My very favorite activity is catching/fetching a ball for my mom, Mary! Going on walks is another favorite, of course. Mom got me my own doggie treadmill to use in the summertime when it gets too hot for me outside. I love running on that treadmill! Another thing I absolutely enjoy is following my mom everywhere around the house...all the time. I’m also a retired champion show dog. My full name is Ch. Horizon Mighty Skywalker, but everyone calls me Luke or Lukey. Oh! I was really good at an obstacle course thing! They called it “agility,” and I was given some pretty ribbons for doing it! My previous mom did the showing and agility with me, but I have to say that since Mary got me at age 5, my true calling has been working as a pet therapy dog with Hospice of the Valley.

My work at HOV:
I absolutely love to visit hospice patients at The Renaissance Assisted Living facility! I can sense and feel that the patients I visit really love me. We seem to have a connection. My mom tells me these are spiritual experiences for us because there’s so much love and connection going on. I agree! Sometimes, the staff at the facility give me treats, hugs and an occasional kiss on my head; oh, how special that makes me feel! My life and my mom’s have been touched through every single person we’ve met at The Renaissance and in the past, a particular group home and a private home. I’m honored and privileged to be doing this special kind of visiting!

Leo

My Breed:
Bichon Poo

My Human Partner:
Lynda Free

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
August 2019

My interests, hobbies and talents:
I love long walks, my canine girlfriend (Winnie), playing with my toys and my therapy work, including elementary school kids in their classroom. I think it helps me more than them because it is so much fun. I may be pint-sized, but I even do tricks — my new favorite is to spin around and around!

My work at HOV:
I have the pleasure of visiting one HOV client regularly. Even though I’m relatively new to visiting, my lady immediately lights up when she sees me, which makes my tail wag. I just don’t understand why they call this work??? Between us, it sure seems like lots of pampering for me. After all, I just sit there and get attention, petting and hearing all the nice “oohhs” and “aahs.”

Hope

Breed:
Golden Doodle

My Human Partner:
Pam Reinke

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
July 2008

My interests, hobbies & talents:
My interests, hobbies & talents: I just LOVE to swim! It helps keep me healthy. I also enjoy showing my younger sister, Promise, all the skills I know. I don’t get why she doesn’t like to retrieve as much as me though. She must have too much poodle in her doodle. I’m also an actress in case you didn’t know and I’ve performed in 75 shows of “Annie” as Sandy the dog. I enjoy all children so much because of this experience. They tell me it feels like they are “petting a cloud” when they stroke my soft fur, which makes me love them even more. I also am a certified crisis response dog and I look forward to going on special trips with my Mom to help those who experience profound loss in disasters. These badly hurting people identify strongly with me because I survived losing a leg in an accident in 2014 and have done everything I ever did before the accident.

My work at HOV:
Why I enjoy our work at HOV:  I visit Lund Home PCU every two weeks. I really like bringing smiles to the patients and their families, even if it’s only for a moment. It helps break up their sadness. I know this, because I can smell their feelings change when they pet me. The staff there are just wonderful and they have special treats hidden in one of the cupboards that I think they keep just for me! They tell me I’m their favorite, but I bet they tell that to all the therapy dogs who visit there! I mean, after all, these two-legged people have the hugest amount of love in their hearts that I’ve ever smelled in my life!

Rocky

My Breed:
Great Pyrenees

My Human Partner:
Nancy Davis

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
2014

My interests, hobbies and talents:
While I may not have a large repertoire of tricks, I make up for it by being big, soft and cuddly! I can leap and twirl high off the ground, but I limit this, since it worries Mom. I love playing “keep away” with my bone and rolling with my nose to the ground in my grassy backyard. I do not get up on any furniture except mycouch. One of my favorite times, besides mealtime, is couch time with Mom. That’s when I feel king of the hill.

I love the smell of babies’ faces. I get so close that my whiskers touch and I breathe it in. I would never dream of licking or jumping on anyone, especially these little humans. I enjoy getting into barking contests with the neighbor dogs, but since Mom doesn't seem to like it, I cut it short and go inside to resist the temptation (but it really is fun!). I love long walks in nature, car rides and to guard our home. Mom tells me that’s my most important job when she leaves. Above all, however, I mostly love my work with Mom.

My work at HOV:
My “work” with Mom makes me feel important. At first, I had to get used to unfamiliar smells of facilities, medicines and aging. This took a little adjusting at first, but then I saw how much a difference my presence made. Even if a human cannot reach out to touch me, I love how their faces light up seeing me. Often my clients have their pack there (apparently humans call this family). I can feel their concern for their loved one as I approach them, I often hear another in the pack exclaim, “Look how he knows which one to go to!” At the facility where we visit regularly, I get to be the superstar! EVERYONE wants to see me, pet me and talk about me. I can see all the smiles and feel the joy I bring, and it puffs me up for the whole day. I love the quality time we spend connecting with certain folks (Mom gets to decide who). OK, I admit, at times I get so relaxed being petted that I fall asleep! I hear people asking the same questions about me again and again, but I never tire hearing Mom talk about me. Nor does she tire talking about ME!