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Adoption date: December 18, 2010
Macy was rescued from Taiwan as an adult dog in October, 2010. After hip surgery, she was adopted by her new family in December. She became a therapy dog in October, 2011. Macy loves visiting people of all ages. She is a “reading dog” and helps children practice their reading skills every week at school, by listening quietly as they read aloud to her. She lives with another Golden Retriever and a Persian cat. Her favorite foods are apples, string cheese, and sweet potatoes. When she is not visiting her friends at schools and senior centers, she enjoys long walks or naps on the couch.
Nala became a registered therapy dog in August 2016. She is an older dog who is young at heart who still loves to chase rabbits, run up and down the hallway squeaking a new toy and play ball in the backyard. Although lively and active at home, she has a sweet, loving, calm demeanor around children, adults and seniors. She leans her body into people looking adoringly at them with her huge beautiful eyes. A cancer survivor, Nala brings her story and her sweetness wherever she goes
Handler: Bari Boersma
Star is a rescue dog and came to me when she was 4 years old. She does reading programs and various types of visits and also runs agility because it is fun! Most of all Star loves people and wants everyone to feel special and make thier day! One of Star’s unique features is her blue and brown colored eyes! Star loves belly rubs and her favorite thing to do is be patted by you!
There comes a time when every handler knows that it’s time to retire their Pet Partner. It is a very difficult decision to make but, for whatever reason a good handler knows their dog and understands when it’s time
We want to thank Mocha and Paisley for giving love to others over the years and wish them both lazy happy days ahead.
And, special thanks to Mocha’s partners Rita and Don Tayenaka and Pailsey’s mom Laurel Schuman for sharing their wonderful furry family members with so many!
Both teams, however, have another dog they are training to continue in their older siblings’ work.
Birthday: October 11, 2010
Weight: 3.7 lbs
Nickname: World’s Tiniest Goat!
She likes all types of food, including
Brussels sprouts! Zoe loves to be
snuggled and curl up in my lap. She
travels with us everywhere by bicycle,
car, train and airplane! When we
are packing, she sits in my suitcase,
ensuring that she is going too! Her
favorite places to be rubbed are behind
her neck and her belly.
On March 2, 2016, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the tables were turned on seven Adams Elementary READ teams when the handlers helped the school celebrate the birthday by reading stories to the students, with their dogs in attendance. John Adams Elementary in Santa Ana, CA, has had AHF teams in their classrooms for eight years as reading dogs, with additional teams participating in the Adams monthly Saturday library program. On March 2, a combination of weekday and Saturday handlers brought their dogs to school and read books to the students. The participating teams were Gretchen Scott with Luna, Tammy Heider with Gracie, Suzanne Davidson with Juneau, Daleen Comer with Macy, Jim and Dorothy Taylor with Stryker, Geneva Comer with Bonnie, and Jane Horsfield with Kiss.
During the entire school day, 8:30 – 1:30, dog teams were on campus going to different classrooms for 20-minute sessions, during which the handlers read stories to the students, and allowed time for all the students to pet the dogs. Throughout the day, 24 classes of students were visited by the dogs and their partners. The dogs were in the spirit of the event, wearing Seuss fabric bandannas made by one of the members of the group. The books read by the handlers varied: some chose childhood favorites, some selected books their own children had loved, some picked dog-themed books, and some read the new Dr. Seuss book, “Which Pet Should I Get?” The students appreciated seeing the handlers in a more active role, and the dogs enjoyed the novelty of visiting multiple classrooms during their visit. One teacher commented, “Besides having the dogs in their rooms, the students were so excited to see the different dogs walking around the campus. If you all felt as good about it as we did, this definitely needs to be an annual event.” The READ teams agree!
Name: Little Bear
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Favorite Activities: Sleeping, going on walks, getting petted & brushed
Favorite Yoga Position: Downward dog
Favorite Other Dogs: His brothers Duke and Canuck
Favorite Thing to Chase: Birds and tennis balls
Favorite Sport: Swimming
Favorite Place: Bed and the beach
Favorite Food: Hot dogs
Breed: Dark yellow labrador
Human mom: Jane
My name is Noodle. Please shake my paw. I’m a puppy at heart- don’t mind my 85 lbs of brawn and beauty. When I’m not flexing, I’m quite squishy and comfortable to nuzzle against. I’ve acted in roles such as blanket, pillow and foot rest. I’ve mastered the art of balancing things on my head, and my runway strut rivals that of super models. I love going to the beach, the dog park, on walks and places to make new friends- both human and dog. I hope to call you my new human friend.