Sam provides a sense of normalcy for those staying at the Hospice Centers.
Therapy Dogs Provide Canine Comfort
Among the most popular members of our staff is our therapy dog, Sam. He has been specially trained by Assistance Dogs of America to provide comfort, support and a sense of home-like normalcy to the patients and families who stay at the Hospice Centers.
Sam, a golden retriever, moved into the Toledo Center in November of 2004. His energy is felt throughout the building and visitors often ask specifically to see him when they are in building. The walls of Sam's room are covered with drawings and photos given to him by families – especially children – who came to know and love him during their time at the Center.
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.
Dogs We Remember
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.