Archive for the ‘Caring Creatures Pet Partners’ Category

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.

Stress Relief During Finals at Irvine Valley College

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Daleen and Therapy Dove Cloud, Christin and Therapy Dog Blu and Kelly with Therapy Dog Leonard had a great time at Irvine Valley College offering Stress Relief to students on May 20, 2015IVC-002 IVC-003 IVC-004 IVC-012 IVC-014 IVC-018 IVC-028

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!

Meet New Pet Partner – Cassie

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Cassie Adinolfi

Cassie is a Chocolate Havanese and her birthday is November 26, 2012.

Cassie came into Deborah’s life when she needed a pet to help her through some difficult times.  Right away she brought so much joy, Deborah knew she had to find a way to share this gift with others.  That’s when Deborah discovered the Animal Health Foundation. I found the joy Therapy Pets brought to those in need and couldn’t wait to have Cassie bring that same joy to someone in need.

The AHF couldn’t be more proud of Cassie and Deborah, who both look forward to visiting nursing homes/hospitals to brighten an individual’s day.

Welcome Cassie and Deborah!

AHF Pet Therapy Team Comforts Patient With Severe Depression

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Mia for MissionIn November, Mission Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit (located in Laguna Beach, California) opened their doors to a Pet Therapy Program, which has been offered by the hospital as a Community Benefit service to patients for the past 8 years. Over a dozen dedicated Pet Teams have volunteered their time in an effort to support the healing journey for patients, and most recently, two teams have opened their hearts to the behavioral health patients. Recently, staff shared a story of a patient who was significantly changed due to a visit with Mia, who has been a canine volunteer with Mission Hospital for 7 years.

“We had a patient with a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder who experienced major loss and was having a very difficult time coping.  She suffered with thoughts of suicide, insomnia, and severe social isolation. She had these symptoms for days and had not attended any patient groups. While she initially declined pet therapy, further prompting encouraged her to participate. Initially, she simply sat next to Mia, but after a few minutes, she began gingerly petting her and her physical affect began to change. She walked out of the group room with a small smile on her face. From this day until discharge, she became more and more visible on the unit, began sleeping better, and no longer had thoughts of suicide. We are convinced that she would have been here far longer if she hadn’t been given the opportunity to make that initial step to spend some time with Mia.”

It is connections like this one that make our work at Mission a sacred experience and help to bring wholeness to our patients, our co-workers and our community. Many thanks to volunteers Pam and Daleen who take hours from their day to prepare their dogs and spend time at our ministry; without them, these sacred moments would not be possible.

Meet Our Newest Pet Partner – Gracie

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Gracie McHolmCongratulations Sandy McHolm and Gracie who are the AHF’s newest Caring Creatures Pet Partner Team!

This is what Gracie says about herself:

“My name is Gracie and I am an AKC registered Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I was born in March, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. If you think it looks like I’m smiling, you’ve guessed right — I usually am because I’m pretty much happy all the time as long as I have somebody to pay attention to me. I live with my (much) older pet partner, Ben, who is also a Cavalier Spaniel. I love playing with my dog cousins who come to visit as well as meeting new dog friends on my daily walks. But my favorite thing is visiting with people of all ages and sizes. I was made to sit on your lap or play ball with you … and if you happen to have a little doggie cookie to share, I’ll never want to go home!!”