Big Paws To Fill

When Michele fell in love with Finn, it was with a still-heavy heart.

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She had recently lost her beloved Cooper to cancer. They had trained together through our local Lend A Heart Lend A Hand Animal Assisted Therapy organization. Cooper had a very special role at the Yuba City Library reading with children – so much so that they named a special section after him, “Cooper’s Corner.”

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Michele’s hope was that Finn would one day be ready to join her and contribute again to this amazing organization. (Note: today, some of the group was at the Butte Fire here in California, lending comfort to those displaced.) I remember her visiting with this fur ball almost daily until he was ready to go home. (This is Finn nearly sleeping through his puppy assessment.)

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Sometimes she would wonder aloud if he had the energy or personality to become a therapy dog.

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If last week’s class was any indication, I think that question has been answered.

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He just needed to grow into his playful self. And he found the perfect match in Summer! Let the games begin!

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Big paws to fill? Finn’s got this.

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Ogee

I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

11 thoughts on “Big Paws To Fill”

  1. The hardest part about loving any animal is that they live for such a short time. We morn the loss of all our cats, but alway find room for more.

    Lovely pictures one and all. I love watching them wrestle. So darn cute.

  2. My condolences to Michele on her loss of Cooper. I know the pain of losing a beloved canine companion to cancer too, as you know. My only consolation is that my girl isn’t hurting any more. I hope Michele can find peace and comfort in her memories of Cooper.

  3. the best ever job is therapy dog! high paw and sorry for your loss I lost 2 of my senior pawsisters this summer, it took me a couple of months to bounce back to normal

  4. What wonderful pictures. Finn sure is a cutie. I’m sure he will be a wonderful therapy dog. Sorry to hear about Cooper.

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