Dogs provide a sense of normalcy and companionship for those staying at the Hospice Centers.
Therapy Dogs Provide Canine Comfort
Among the most popular members of our staff is our therapy dog, Juno. He has been specially trained by Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) to provide comfort, support and a sense of home-like normalcy to the patients and families who stay at the Hospice Centers.
Juno, an English golden retriever, joined the team at the Perrysburg Center in the spring of 2012. Juno's extremely laid back style fits right in with the patients and visitors at the Center. Juno is content to lay around in the hallways, but also enjoys a nice walk. We encourage visitors to refrain from feeding Juno, but rather to show affection with a hug or belly rub.
We are working with ADAI to find the right dog to take the reins at the Toledo Center. We will let everyone know when it happens.
Sam, a golden retriever, moved into the Toledo Center in November of 2004. Sam retired from service at Hospice of Northwest Ohio at the end of 2014. His presence is missed around the building, but he is enjoying some well-deserved rest with people who have grown to love him dearly!
Tanner, a golden retriever, joined us in the summer of 2001 at the Perrysburg Center. He was a bit frisky when he first arrived, but under the guidance of his mentor, Pepper, learned the ropes and became a genuine part of the team. Sadly, Tanner passed away in his sleep on September 23, 2010. He is greatly missed by everyone associated with Hospice.
Pepper, a black, flat-coated retriever, arrived shortly after the Perrysburg Center opened in 1995 and over the years, won the hearts of hundreds of patients and family members. She also won numerous awards for the very special work she did at Hospice. Pepper passed away in 2004, but will never be forgotten.