Archive for the ‘Caring Creatures Teams’ Category

AHF and Adams Elementary School Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday in a Novel Way

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Seuss EventOn 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!

Little Bear becomes an AHF Pet Partner

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

little bear murray

Name:  Little Bear

Nickname:  LB

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

Welcome Noodle to AHF Pet Partners

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Noodles Tam

Breed: Dark yellow labrador

Birthday: 9/14/2013

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.

Welcome back Janell Keider and her new Pet Partner Piper!

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Piper Keider Pix


Breed: Flat Coat Retriever Mix

Partner: Janell Keider


Piper was just a puppy when she was abandoned in another country. Kind people rescued her, collected donations, and bought Piper a plane ticket to the United States so she could have a safe and loving home. We adopted Piper before she was a year old and could tell that she would be a great therapy dog – she loves people, especially children, and is sweet and gentle. She greets our cats each morning with a wagging tail and lick on their noses. She also loves to race around the backyard, playing “tug” and “chase” with our other dogs. We are so happy that Piper joined our family!

Dee Marie and Tango are New AHF Pet Partners

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

DeeMarie and TangoTANGO

Breed:  Border Collie

Birthday: November 19, 2008

Weight: 40 pounds

Human Partner:  Dee Marie Ebell

Nickname: “Mr. T”

Motto: “We Strengthen Your Spirit through Heartfelt Care”

Mr.T’s mild manner will lighten and brighten the lives of anyone he meets. He is eager to make a connection with his signature “high-five” shake using either his right or left paw. Tango’s gift of calmness gives way to make every day better for the people he meets. He thrives on the attention of all ages.
Tango loves herding sheep as well as his agility training to keep in shape.
His personable, sociable and sweet personality will prove to have a healing effect on people.

Congratulate Missy and Carol, a new AHF Pet Partner Team!

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Missy KraftMissy is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Her official name is Princess Buttercup, (named after the movie,” The Princess Bride”). She is always happy as you can see by her wagging tail. Missy loves to visit people and make their day a little brighter. She likes to go for walks at the harbor, play fetch and go visit her special people. Cheese is her favorite treat. She loves to go shopping with us and to have breakfast at Ruby’s (they have cheese). She also likes trips to Starbucks where she enjoys a tall glass of ice water. Missy is glad to meet you and she thanks you for the pets!

Meet Wynston – one of our newest AHF Pet Partners

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Wynston BlasbergWynston is a very loveable Yorkshire Terrier with the heart of a lion. He weighs about 4.5 lbs., and that’s when he’s soaking wet. His favorite people are “Everybody”! He even has a few kitty cat friends around his neighborhood as well as his favorite taunting squirrel “Peanut”. Of course they are all bigger than him, but he doesn’t know that. His favorite pastime is giving lots of kisses and a close second would be chasing his squeaky ball or any one of many many toys in his toy box. During the summer you may find him in the pool taking a ride on his boogie board. He enjoys eating treats and is always willing to do a trick or two. His specialty is making everyone smile. Wysnton also has a few nick names  that he doesn’t mind you calling him like “Winnie Pooh”, “Little Pooh” or “Mister”. Wynston is looking forward to his therapy visits and is ready to make new friends wherever he goes.

Welcome New Team Steve and Henry

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Steve Booth and Henry

Breed: Golden Retriever
Brithday:  February 28th, 2013
Weight:  75 pounds
Human/Partner:  Steve Booth

Henry is a fun loving pup who likes to greet everyone.  He likes to lay in the front yard and watch life go by.  Henry enjoys hikes, riding on our boat at the river and fetching the morning paper (except the big Sunday edition.  He knows lots of tricks like spin, high five, shake, roll over and his favorite……BANG (play dead).

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself”

Meet Clifford – AHF’s newest – and largest – Pet Partner

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Clifford Aguerre


I was born in Ohio but the breed originated in Germany. I am 2-1/2 years old and weigh 148 pounds.

I am happiest when I am included in all daily activities with my family especially when we go and visit new people and places.

Motto: “Be kind to each other!”

Meet new AHF Caring Creatures Pet Partner – ROXY

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Roxy Becker
Roxy was found on November 8, 2011 – it’s called her “gotcha’ day” and she was estimated to be about 1 year old. She was a mess with no collar, tags or ID chip and fur that was dirty and sticky.
Roxy became her name because people were throwing rocks at her to get her out of the street and she was very afraid. The owners said that they didn’t want her anymore and once she was put into Pam & Mike’s car, she turned around on the seat, sighed and looked straight ahead, never looking back!
You might say that she was lucky, but Pam & Mike feel that they were the lucky ones. Roxy is sweet, fun, happy and calm!  She is a delight to live with!