Copper and Clark

Copper and Clark

Copper and Clark – both ATD and CGC (handler Sarah)

“When volunteerism was part of my job requirement,” reports Sarah, ”I immediately thought of therapy so my canine companion could join me instead of being left at home. As a nurse I am very familiar with hospital environments and became associated with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (ATD) back in 2005.”

Copper was adopted four years ago at age 7 Copper -  childrens facility  Canine Volunteerand Sarah knew he would shine as a therapy dog because of his sweet and mellow personality. “Copper always has a calm way about him and now at 11 years of age he enjoys the slower paced venues. Clark, on the other hand, now age 3, is spunkier and taking over some of the more active venues as he is always up for an adventure and loves the attention and petting. There is something about Clark’s charismatic personality that draws people to him despite his energetic moments.” Clark, Clark - glasses Canine Volunteera Loving Friends Transport dog from Louisiana and heartworm positive, was adopted at age 2. “He was all puppy and needed plenty of exercise to mellow out before each training class. Now at age 3 he is finally getting out of the puppy stage and we don’t have to do as much exercising before our visits.”

Both dogs attended obedience classes and received their Good Canine Citizen certifications before taking their therapy test as a dog/handler team with ATD. Copper and Clark do monthly visits at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, a Juvenile Detention Center, Buddy Breaks for special needs children, and are regulars at their local library’s Paws to Read Program. “We are an active dog/handler team with Be an Angel Therapy Dogs in the Orlando area which has a huge list of different venue types to choose from that request therapy visits.”

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