Each week this column will feature a different member of the Love Dog animal assisted therapy team, a Pet Partner Community Partner program in Las Vegas.
Boise is a Golden Retriever and a perfect representation of the breed. He is gentle, smart, steady and loving.
Boise began his therapy career over a year ago and has now been instrumental in developing several unique programs in Las Vegas. He works with two children each week on their physical and occupational therapy. Some things only a big dog can do and Boise has learned many new skills to work with these two children.
He can lie down on the swing, walk side by side a wheelchair or bench, get into any position required, stand or down in one position for as long as it takes to achieve a goal, play all sorts of games. But the most important thing Boise can do is love. He loves with a full heart and gentle eyes. He encourages and motivates and brings joy to each and every therapy session.
Whether participating in the Love Dogs “Be Cool, Not Cruel” anti-bully program or huge events at universities and conferences, or health facilities, Boise seems to attract a great deal of attention. He has even become known as the breathing pillow!
Here are some stories about Boise and his handler, Lisa: