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Fremont, CA 94538-1304
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“Jessie has been a wonderful companion since we brought her home as an 8-week-old puppy in January of 2018. She is a very active beagle and has earned titles in Agility and AKC trick dog. She even enjoys kayaking! But we soon found her real passion – Jessie loves people! When we travel, everyone wants to meet her. I especially like taking her to visit large groups because she has enough energy to say hello to everyone. She is a great “big sister” to Molly, and I occasionally take both of them on pet therapy visits.”
Honey & Cynthia are now retired members of the OHS Pet Therapy Team. We thank them for their many years of bringing smiles to those who needed it most!
“For six months straight, I was looking to adopt a small female adult dog. Then, one morning, Rebecca, a volunteer from Underdog Animal Rescue, contacted me to tell me that I was their first choice to adopt Honey! I was overjoyed.
I was struck by Rebecca’s description of Honey being a very special dog. Rebecca works with adults with disabilities and told me that Honey was wonderful with these adults. She would make a great therapy dog one day. That was all I needed to hear.
I drove to meet Honey and instantly fell in love. Honey had only one big brown right eye, and it was uncertain what had happened to her left eye. A few months later, a vet would tell me that she was born with no left eye.
In May, she and I were registered as a Pet Partners Therapy Dog Team. Rebecca had been right, this was Honey’s calling! By August 2021, Honey has visited three assisted living/memory care units in the area, and we have been asked to become a regular part of their activity programs. The residents love petting her soft fur, feeding her little treats, and asking all about what happened to her eye. She doesn’t need to do much of anything other than allow them to cuddle her.
Honey is indeed special, as every single dog is. This month she flew with me on a plane to Seattle to stay with my son and his young family for a month. She adores my grandchildren and it’s mutual. When we get home, it’s back to therapy work for Honey!”
“Woobie is a 4-yr-old Newfoundland who became certified with Pet Partners and a registered Ohlone Humane Society therapy team in May of this year. Woobie’s sensitive and lovable demeanor seemed to make her an ideal candidate for therapy. When she is not ‘working’ and giving back to her community, Woobie enjoys hanging with her rabbit, camping, and riding around in her VW bus. Her advice for others that are thinking about becoming a therapy team…don’t give up! It took her (and more importantly her handler) three attempts to pass the Pet Partners certification evaluation. Janine Weston, OHS Animal Assisted Interventions Director, provided encouragement and guidance throughout the entire process to ensure our success.”
“I have always been a dog owner and when my time with Rosy came to an end, it wasn’t long before I felt the need for a new companion. I was looking for a pound puppy but the COVID shut down had just begun and I couldn’t connect with any shelters. I started to look at different breeds and settled on Australian mini labradoodle. None of the Bay Area breeders returned my call. My daughter who lives in Boise found a local breeder near her and that is how Tate (aka Tater Tot) came to me.
He is the best dog I ever had. So smart. His favorite things are bubble chasing, ball fetching, running free along the creek and sitting on any available lap! I am so happy to have found this program, a place where both he and I can volunteer and bring cheer into the lives of people who need cheering up.”
“We are first time dog owners. I’ve always been afraid of dogs. For years, my kids asked to get a dog but I would always say no. Then Covid hit and we were all stuck at home like the rest of the world. In May of 2020, I finally gave in. We got a dog and fell in love with her right away! All my dog fears went poof and away! Our dog is from a breeder in Michigan. We picked a 3 month old puppy girl. She is a Cavachon (half King Cavalier, half Bichon). We had a family vote on names and the name Summer won the votes! As all of my three children have different personalities so does Summer. She’s sweet, friendly, can be shy at times, loves to play with ropes, crinkly toys, her pink bouncy ball and sleep with her Snuggle Pup in her crate. I did an online training program called Baxter and Bella. Amazing program since nothing was open for in person training back then. My proudest “first time dog owner training moment” was teaching Summer how to ring a potty bell! It has been quite a useful tool to avoid accidents in the house. Ha ha. I met Constance and Molly at Washington Hospital while I was volunteering. She told me about OHS. Within a couple of weeks she came to my house, evaluated Summer and here we are volunteering with the OHS Pet Therapy program. Summer and I are excited to be here and look forward to meeting other peeps and dogs through this program. Summer has been such a blessing to our family and hope she can touch other lives on this new journey too.”
“After we lost our 14-year-old Aussie, the house just wasn’t the same without an Aussie. We’ve had almost every color but never a red tri. So, I got on to adoption web sites looking for a red tri. Luckily, Sophie was available from Animal Friends in Santa Cruz, CA.
We had a few requirements before we went through the adoption, must get along with cats and be good around people.
Little did we know that she would be the perfect dog, not only around cats, but she loved everyone. Sophie loves to be petted, talked to, groomed, whatever can be done by putting hands on her.
My wife suggested that she might be a good candidate as a therapy dog. We got an appointment to take Sophie to the Ohlone Humane Society for testing. Once again, she was in her element and passed with ease. She has been active in the Fremont Library’s program “read to the dogs” on the 4th Tuesday of every month. She has become popular with a number of children that come every month, and it is heartwarming to see them seek her out.”
“Molly is a beagle and a ‘Covid’ puppy. Since the pandemic kept us at home, it seemed a perfect time to add a puppy to our family. She came to us in June of 2020 at 8 weeks old. And so cute! But her true character was revealed when she was 6 months old. My husband had a serious accident, coming home to recover after 2 weeks in the hospital. Molly was his constant companion, calmly cuddling with him in bed, riding with him in his wheelchair, and accompanying him when he started using a walker.
My husband recovered, and we took Molly camping and hiking with us. She was a big hit with everyone we met and enjoyed all the attention. I started doing some agility training with her, but she made it clear that she preferred meeting people and being petted to jumping through hoops!
One day, I was online looking for volunteer opportunities for myself when I noticed that the Ohlone Humane Society was looking for pet therapy animals. I thought I’d look into it for Molly since it seemed like something she would be good at. We did the Pet Partners training and evaluation in November and had our first facility visit in December! Molly was a star!”
“I had a wonderful tuxedo kitty for 14 years, and he was healthy until his last day. I was really sad and I heard there was a tuxedo kitty up for adoption and we had an instant bond. Once we got Mason the car, we noticed he wasn’t fretting, and was really calm. When Mason was 6 months old, we started taking him places on a leash. We got a stroller, and we even took him bowling with us! He wasn’t scared, just curious that we were knocking things over like he does.
Mason is now 4 years old. We got involved with Pet Partners, I took their course, and he passed with a purr-fect score! There aren’t a lot of therapy cats out there. We had one visit in person before the pandemic, and we’ve had a couple of virtual visits, one with a school teacher and their kids. They had fun asking questions about Mason.”
“Lilly is a huggable all American bundle of joy. She was born on Valentine’s Day and came to live with us in March of 2015.
She loves road trips – the longer the better! Her favorite drive was to Medford Oregon. Lilly had lots of time to sleep in her car seat, conserving her energy for our arrival.
We attempted to train Lilly to run agility, but she refused to play that game. Since she never gets enough of love and adoration, we decided she should share her love doing pet therapy.”
“Hana is a golden retriever who came to us at the start of the pandemic after we lost our second golden. She spent her first year playing with her siblings as we got together weekly in our “puppy pod”. I had done pet therapy work with my first golden over 30 years ago and always knew that I wanted to get back into it and Hana was a perfect candidate. She loves people, especially kids and teenagers, and will happily roll over for belly rubs.
We walk every morning on a horse trail so she sees lots of horses, cows, wild birds and occasional foxes as she walks with her large pack. She loves to start off her mornings cuddling in the chair with me as I enjoy my morning coffee. She is also a fantastic first mate for my husband on his sailboat and enjoys being out on the SF bay 2-3 times a week.
While full grown, she is on the smaller size for a golden so I call her my petite golden. She is the perfect size for cuddling!”
“Fiona joined my family at 8 weeks old In 2014. She loves to be active running the agility course, chasing balls, and fetching nerf darts. Fiona is a great love always looking for a pet or cuddle and willing to give a kiss.”
“Clay is a six-year-old poochon (poodle and bichon mix). He became part of our family at 9 months when his first family could no longer care for him as they left the country. We feel so blessed that Clay came into our lives. His favorite daily routine is to find the softest, coziest spot in the house to lounge whether it is a on bean bag chair, a pillow that fell on the floor, or a pile of fresh laundry.Although he is friendly with dogs and cats, he prefers socializing with people both young and old. This is because he loves to be petted, scratched under his chin and behind his ears, and get belly rubs. He will communicate that he wants to be petted by nudging your hand with his snout.
We thought he would be a good therapy dog because he would brighten up those around him and bring a smile to their face. Someone once mentioned that he gives off “positive vibes”. So Clay’s journey in becoming a therapy dog began with a six week canine good citizen training class to hone his skills and then passing the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification test. We met Constance and Molly for an evaluation, and Clay was accepted to the Ohlone Pet Therapy Team. Both Clay and I look forward to spread joy and smiles in our community!”
“Bentley is a nine-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever. He is a very mellow dog and loves people and kids in general. Bentley started visiting the Centerville Library for the “Read to Dogs” program about eight years ago. The kids love him. It’s very rewarding to see kids who had never been exposed to a dog suddenly fall in love with him.”
“Barkley came to live with us in January 2020 at the ripe old age of 10 weeks. He was a small puppy, which we had picked out so we could travel with him. The first thing to grow were his feet which became large. While he was supposed to be 35 to 40 pounds we have a 60 pound Australian Labradoodle to love.
He has lots of energy, is quite smart and a bit mischievous when not getting the attention he believes he is entitled too. He is friendly with both dogs and people. He loves to go to doodle romps and play chase with the others. He takes great interest in stalking and treeing squirrels. While very curious and excited about all things, he is gentle with people and loves to be petted and scratched.
When we strap on our therapy team stuff he is all business. He knows he will get lots of pets and back scratches and he will unconditionally provide comfort and a moment of joy to all he visits. We enjoy visiting schools, hospitals, senior living facilities and hospice facilities.”
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