This week we celebrate two amazing Golden Retrievers in memoriam.
Bailey and Cheerio set the standard for therapy dogs. Each had the qualities Pet Partners looks for and each served the community in a variety of environments.
Bailey loved nothing more than having children around, cuddling and hugging him.
He especially loved working one on one with children like our friend Julian. Bailey was the first large dog Julian met in therapy and was the perfect dog for this transition from small dogs. Bailey allowed Julian to be cautious and slowly they became friends.
Cheerio was the star of the hospitals where they visited. Everyone just loved this gentle dog and even the most fearful, tear stained little faces warmed up and smiled when they saw Cheerio.
Both dogs were blessed with very skilled handlers. And this teamwork is what Pet Partners is all about, both ends of the leash working together as one.
Both handlers have now continued their important volunteer work with other wonderful dogs but everyone will always remember Bailey and Cheerio.
So this week’s celebration of therapy dogs is in remembrance of two gentle giants.