Jack is a certified Therapy Dog with Gabriel’s Angels that works with at-risk teenage boys. He teaches them compassion, empathy and trust topped off with a dose of unconditional love! www.GabrielsAngels.org
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I wish I was a better swimmer. I grew up in Albany, NY so no need to learn swimming techniques. Now that I live in AZ and have a pool in my back yard swimming would be a great way to cool down. Unfortunately, I am a vertical swimmer, splash everywhere and don’t cover much territory while in the pool. My mom and dad try to help me dog paddle and I try but it is not my natural gift I guess.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I love playing and when my brother Noah (Ridgeback) is in the mood I run like the wind around the yard enticing him to follow me. He is old (almost 10 years) so his desire to play is sporadic at best. I am so happy when I am running so fast that my big weim ears flap in the wind. I like speed!
What is your most treasured possession?
I finally have my own bed! Being that I moved around from home to home I never had my own bed. Now I do and it is sooo comfy!
Your proudest achievement so far?
I was a rescue dog and I had four previous homes before the Gaber’s adopted me. Now that I am a Therapy Dog I show foster kids that even though they may not have a forever home I finally found mine and they can too. I am proud to be able to teach kids that they should never ever give up. I am very proud to be a Therapy Dog with Gabriel’s Angels.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My number one hero is Gabriel. He passed away in May of 2010 but he taught me so many things. I really did not stay in one home very long due to my health problems so I never had a brother to teach me the ropes. Did you know Gabriel taught me that if you sit quietly you get fed, if you don’t jump on people they are more apt to pet and hug you and that sleeping in the sunny part of the yard is well…heaven.
I did it! No longer do I need to hear "Hey Cleo, it is either in or out". This time of year my pack gets so mad at me because I can't decide if I want to be outside or stay in. One minute I'm following one of them outside then next minute, I'm too hot and I use the excuse of a "noise" to go back inside.
When neither of them are outside, it is harder for me to fake it and keep my options open. Hey, sometimes I hear noises that need investigating outside on this end of the house rather than the front door. Like last night, I smelled and heard a raccoon! Grrrrr.
Grandma is coming today! I haven't seen here since Christmas forever ago. Look...see how she gives great chin scratches?! She KNOWS how to do them properly. Because of her my female grew up with dogs. Literally shared a bed with one dog or another her entire childhood, even getting into their crates with them during nap time.
Grandma used to be a dog trainer long ago. I better dust off my best sits and stays...
Meet Sido. She is a girlfriend I never met but one who I owe my life to.
In 1979 Sido and her tragic plight inspired the director of the SF/SPCA to not only do everything he could to save her life but while he was at it, work to change the laws in California and the US. It was the birth of the no-kill movement.
Because of Richard Avanzino's work, I as a shelter dog got a second chance at life. And what a great life I have had for the past 5 years with my pack here in San Francisco.
Thank you Sido for being the original ambassador of rescue dogs everywhere! I hope to meet you one day in the future when I cross the rainbow bridge.
[thank you Richard Avanzino for letting me borrow your photo]