Hoot – Multigen standard Goldendoodle
Certified Therapy Dog
Hoot N. Holler is a special guy. Knew it the minute we saw him. He is very funny, intuitive and loving – a perfect combination that I know helped him get his therapy dog certification this June from Paws for Comfort – an organization whose mission is to provide uplifting and comforting messages for those in challenging health situations as well as for the under recognized population of caregivers and loved ones who play an irreplaceable role in the lives of those who are health challenged.
Hoot is presently involved with two different programs. One is “Prisms” – a program designed to serve adults between early-stage and late-stage dementia. The other is a summer program at the Cedar Lane Special School where children with special needs, ranging from autism to cerebral palsy greet him in anything from wheel chairs and walkers to “clouds”, mats, or pillows.
Next projects include the AKC Good Citizenship certification and Fidos for Freedom therapy dog certification so that we can become part of the DEAR – Dogs Educating & Assisting Readers – a program which improves reading skills by encouraging children to read one-on–one with a therapy dog and trained volunteer. UPDATE!! Hoot received his green harness making him an official member of Fidos for Freedom. He will be visiting Ronald McDonald House, Kennedy Krueger Institute and Andrew Airforce Base Wounded Warriors!
Besides taking care of strangers, Hoot takes care of us. He is very special and we can’t imagine our lives without him.