In our Pet Partner Workshop, we often discus if therapy dogs are Born or Created. Cheerio was born to serve. A beautiful Golden, Cheerio always had that smile on her face and it brought out smiles in everyone she met.
She spent every Monday at a local hospital where she could make a fussy baby calm down, guide children through their first steps after accidents and surgeries, encourage children to laugh when they thought the laughter was gone and pump up staff and visitors.
Cheerio could meet someone for the first time and you would swear you had known this dog your whole life.
She inspired confidence, exactly what Pet Partners strives to do.
She came with us to the Walk for Autism event in November and met children and families for the first time and seemed to be one of “their” dogs.
Cheerio had been living with liver issues for some time, but you never knew it. Her spirit was constant and strong until her last breath.
Cheerio passed away this week. She was only nine years old but lived a lifetime and shared her love and warmth and wisdom with everyone she met.
Today we celebrate her life and how she moved through this world as the most graceful, loving being. As Cheerio’s owner Cheryl explains, “While Cheerio had some AKC titles, her legacy is her therapy work at the hospital with the children, where week after week I saw what amounted to miracles. She was a favorite among the nurses, doctors and staff members. On our last visit, we stopped into the rehab and saw a woman in a wheelchair. As I walked away with Cheerio I heard the woman say to the therapist and husband, “Well, that just made my day.” This pretty much sums it up, as I can tell you, this dog made my day too, over and over and over.”
Thank you, Cheryl and Jim, for sharing your amazing Cheerio with us.