Known best as "Abbott the Rabbit, or "the
bunny in the basket," this 5-year old rabbit was found with a broken leg
in a parking lot. After two attempts to fix his leg by the wonderful
folks at Town And Country Veterinary Hospital, the little guy was adopted by
Karen of Cortland. His visits to Community Skilled Heath care are the
highlight of many residents' days. He nestles into his basket while
being petted, then pops his nose and ears over the top to see why the person
stopped! A soft and cuddly bunny, his favorite trick is to be held on
his back so he can pull his front paws to his nose as if he's saying his
prayers. When not volunteering, Abbott enjoys playtime at home with the
numerous animals he calls "kin" or lounging in his homemade cage
munching on greens.
Andy is a lover. If you pet him for a few minutes, he'll
"glue" himself to your side and become your best friend. A
member of the group since April 2001, the 9-year-old Golden Retriever lives
with Mary in West Farmington and volunteers at St. Joseph's and Imperial
Skilled Care Center. He loves visiting with children and is especially
fond of all the attention and petting he gets. When he's not
volunteering, he plays with balls and stuffed toys and enjoys an occasional
swim in his own pond.
Angel garners attention wherever she goes. This loveable little
9-year-old Pug lives with Tom and Debbie in Howland. She joined the
group in the Spring of 2002 and visitis at St.
Joseph's. Angel loves people and likes to have a fuss made over
her. She also loves to eat, but is walked a mile a day to protect her
Annie is a cat who passed the Delta Evaluation Spring of 2005 with Angelina. Her bio and picture is coming soon!
Bear is a quiet dog, but he commands your attention when he walks into
the room. This 10-year-old Chow mix joined the group in April 2001.
Bear was brought to Town and Country Veterinary Hospital by the Animal Welfare
League of Warren. Sam fixed his leg and made him his own. This
wonderful dog lives with Sam and Katie in Hubbard, and volunteers at St.
Elizabeth's and Horizon Villiage. Bear enjoys visiting with all the
patients and the many treats he receives from them. When he's not
volunteering, he ejoys going for long walks in the woods and playing with his
best friend, Zinc. Bear lives with 6 other dogs, 4 cats and 1 bird.
Bogey is a large dog with an even larger heart. He loves everyone
he meets and has a special love for children. With his striking red
color and expressive face, this 6-year-old Bullmastiff attracts attention
wherever he goes. Bogey joined the group in the fall of 2002. He
lives in Austintown with Lori and loves visiting at St. Elizabeth's, where he
is so popular that people who've never met him know him by name.
"Oh, this must be Bogey," is the comment heard from many a staff
member. Some days, he can barely get out of the lobby because of the
crowd he attracts. His favorite part of visiting is having people make a fuss over him and getting belly rubs.
When he's not visiting, he enjoys cuddling on the
couch, going to dog shows and playing with his canine siblings, Foster and
Bonita is a Boxer mix who passed Spring of 2005 with Tony. Bonita had retired from the group, but is now back and ready to go!
She was actually the first dog to pass the Delta test from our group. We are glad she is back! More on Bonita coming soon!
Memories of Lassie run through your mind when you look into the eyes of Chase, a 6-year-old Rough-Coated Collie who lives with
Patty in Hubbard. Chase grabs the attention of the residents at Park Vista Retirement Center and the Paws to Read program at the Hubbard Library. He
enjoys being petted; everyone he meets he considers a friend. On his off time, Chase enjoys going to dog shows and playing with his human brother and
his dog family, Chelsea and Chloe.
Emily and her owner, Cheryl of Canfield, are a striking pair.
With their similarly colored manes, they turn heads everywhere they go.
This 8-year-old Golden Retriever joined the group in October 2001 and has
since made St. Elizabeth's her home. In the Spring of 2002, she had the
privilege of introducing the K-9's program to the rehab unit, where she is
kept busy providing animal assisted therapy. In 2003, Emily was again
privileged to introduce K-9's to another inpatient area - the behavioral
health unit, where she enjoys visiting with some very special people and staff
members. When she's not volunteering, Emily loves to play "chase
me" and run through the sprinkler, in fact, she liks anything that has to do with the water... except a bath.
When Ginger walks into the room, all eyes turn to view this
"gorgeous redhead." An 10-year-old Golden Retriever who has been
with the group since October 2001, she lives with Catherine in
Youngstown. Her favorite part of volunteering is being petted by people
in the lobby, the elevator, the nurses station and the rooms. At home,
she likes to play with her ball and Frisbee - or just about any other toy -
and loves to chase and break bubbles. She also likes to play with herlittle sister, Poppy, who
is also a member of K-9's.
Hamish is a 5-year-old Borzoi, which is a coursing breed from Russia. He volunteers at St. Elizabeth's and
Paws to Read at the Hubbard Library and attracts attention from staff and patients alike while he makes his rounds. Hamish joined the group
with his owner, Megan, in October 2004. When he gets a bath and puts on his collar, he knows he is going to go visiting, and he trots across
the bridge into the hospital with his head held high! He enjoys ear and neck scratches and knows just when to give the special "borzoi lean"
to those in need. He spends time sleeping on the couch, chasing backyard critters and playing with his little brother. His other hobbies include
competing in the show ring and guarding his four cats.
Hunter is an energetic 8-year-old Golden Retriever who is full of
life. A charter member of the group, he lives with Nancy in Warren and
volunteers at Community Skilled Health Care. He most
enjoys all the hands-on attention he gets when volunteering. When he's
at home, he likes to swim and romp in the woods.
Ichabod, whose nickname is "Icky", joined the K-9's group in
the spring of 2003. This 4-year-old Shih-Tzu lives in Lowellville with her owner, Karen. and visits at St. Elizabeth's. When she visits
with patients, she loves to lay her head on the towel Karen has placed on the
bed and really enjoys the pets she receives. When she's at home, her
favorite activities are playing fetch, going for walks, and car rides.
Isabella - who is also known as "Bella" - is a 4-year-old
Yorkshire terrier who lives with Jodi in Girard. She joined the group in
the spring of 2003 and is part of the Paws To Read program at the Hubbard Library, where she thoroughly enjoys all the attention she
gets from the children who read stories to her. At home,
her favorite activities are playing ball, traveling around as a "purse
puppy" and chasing squirrels outside.
Jesse is an Australian Shepherd who joined our group Spring of 2005 with his owner, Evelyn of Cortland. More on Jesse coming soon!
Joey was already an experienced visitor when he joined the group in October of 2004. One of his many pastimes is visiting
in his neighborhood, for which he is quite well known! He lives in Poland with Angelina. Joey is beginning his visits at the Assumption Village,
where he is well received. When not visitiing, Joey enjoys catnip and visiting with human friends who come to his house to visit. He loves attention.
This 9-year-old Maine Coone mix will do anything for attention.
This 5-year-old Border Collie mix can bring a smile to
the face of anyone. Keeper and his mom, Charlene from Hubbard, enjoy
visiting weekly at St. Elizabeth's. They joined K-9's For Compassion in
2003 and have been a huge hit ever since. Keeper enjoys having his ears
rubbed and back scratched while visiting. During his off time, he enjoys
going for walks with grandpa and playing ball. This beautiful boy is
just what the doctor ordered!
Kelsey is a 4-year-old Golden Retriever who joined the group in the
fall of 2002. She lives with Sue in Canfield and very much
enjoys volunteering in St. Elizabeth's rehabilitation units. Her favorite part of visiting is
walking the patients on the rehabilitation unit. She looks quite proud
as she walks with them at their pace, giving them the confidence to face the
challenges of recovery. When she's at home, she likes to
"pick" on her big sister, a 9-year-old Lhasa Apso mix named Buffy.
Kiya is an American Staffordshire Terrier who lives with Brett and Dar and big brother, Mo in Warren. Kiya passed with Brett in Spring of 2005. More info on Kiya and her photo coming soon!
Miles Davis is a retired racing Greyhound who lives with Melanie in Canfield. Miles and Melanie joined our group Spring of 2005. More on Miles Davis and his photo coming soon!
Mo loves people! And people are certainly curious about this
5-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, who instantly wins their hearts with
his charming ways. A member of the group since the Fall of 2002, Mo
visits at St. Elizabeth's behavioral health unit and St. Joseph's. His
favorite part of volunteering is meeting all the people in the lobby, who give
him lots of pets, and getting attention from kids (his weekness). He likes going to work with his
owners, Dar and Brett of Warren, and at home he enjoys chasing a ball and getting tormented by his
younger sister, Kiya, who is also an American Staffordshire Terrier, and a new member of K-9's For Compassion.
Mollie is a 7-year-old Golden Retriever whose sweet demeanor melts
hearts everywhere she goes. A charter member of the group, she lives
with Sue in Hubbard and visits at Park Vista Retirement Center.
Sue's granddaughter, Kera, also visits with Mollie. Her
favorite part of visiting is all the individual attention, petting and treats
the residents give her. Her favorite activities when not visiting are
riding in the truck, running in the woods and curling up to sleep on just about any of the soft
furniture in her house. No one goes for a walk in the Kelley household without taking Mollie.
Ouija is an 14-year-old Umbrella Cockatoo who lives with Nick and Nancy and Ellie of Girard. He is a delight to see as he talks to the residents at
Liberty Arms and as many other facilities as the family can find time for. He occasionally will sing
and dance, too. When he's at home, he likes playing with his toys,
eating baby food, and going "bye-bye". Ouija's volunteer activity was featured on an
episode of Animal Planet's "A Pet Story" in 2003. Ouija's fan club spreads far and wide!
This gorgeous 5-year-old Gordon Setter is owned by Catherine of
Youngstown and blesses St. Elizabeth's with
frequent visits. She enjoys "discovering" everything she
comes in contact with while visiting. While at home, she likes playing
with her toys, practicing obedience and playing with her sister, Ginger who
is also a K-9's volunteer. Poppy has been a member of our group since
Rudy is a handsome 10-year-old apricot Toy Poodle who turns the heads of everyone he visits, warming the laps of so many.
He lives with Nancy in Canfield. He visits at Park Vista and enjoys the rehab floor most of all! When he is not visiting, Rudy loves hanging around
the house with his buddy, Meja, and running around and playing doggie games. Rudy as been a member of K-9's For Compassion since April 2004.
Shannie is a Golden Retreiver who lives with Dave and Pat in Lordstown. She joined the group Spring of 2005 and visits at Humility House where everyone loves her. More on Shannie and her picture coming soon!
Snoopy is a handsome beagle who loves everyone he meets! He is 7-years-young and lives in Poland with his owner, Elizabeth.
He visits at Greenbrier Nursing home, where he enjoys receiving attention. Snoopy has a busy schedule! He also enjoys agility, obedience, and sleeping. He joined K-9's For Compassion Spring of 2004.
Teea is a sweetheart with a heart of gold. A 5-year-old
Bullmastiff, she attracts attention wherever she goes. She has an old
sould that is kind and giving. A member of the
group since the fall of 2002, she visits at
St. Joseph's. Her favorite things about visiting are the pets from the
residents and the cookies she gets from the staff! Her favorite thing
when she's at home with her owner, Becky of Leavittsburg, is chewing on
a new bone. She also likes going for a daily walk and taking rides in
Victoria Rose is a 8-year-old black standard poodle who walks with a
regal air and has a heart as big as they come. Blessed with an uncanny
ability to sense when someone is distressed, Vickie nudges closer and closer
until her head rests on the leg of one whose troubles will soon melt away with
a pat on her sweet, soft, curly head. She volunteers at St. Elizabeth's
and Horizon Village and Paws to Read at the Hubbard Library. Vickie lives in Hubbard with Katie and Sam. Her favorite part of visiting is
hearing, "You are soooo beautiful ... what a nice dog." And,
if there's a camera in sight, she'll be sure to pose for the picture.
When she's at home, she likes walking in the woods, lounging on the couch watching Animal Planet, romping with her 6 doggy sibligns, and playing with her red rocket.
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Vickie's rescue story.
Woody is a 7-year-old Black Labrador Retriever who lives with Mimi in Hubbard. He joined the group in the Spring of 2003 and visits
at Park Vista Retirement Center and Liberty Arms and Paws to Read at the Hubbard Library. He gets excited and heads right for the
door when Mimi asks, "Do you want to go to work?" He sits
proudly in the car all the way to the nursing home and wags his tail as he
meets and greets the residents he loves so well. When he's not visiting,
he likes to take naps, swim, run with his brother, Sam, and carry around his favorite stuffed toy.
Yogi is beautiful Black Lab/Golden Retreiver mix who lives with Nancy in Warren. Yogi joined our group Spring of 2005. More on Yogi and his photo coming soon!