Month: January 2022

Remembering Jack, a very special Animals Asia therapy dog

animals asia staff with therapy dog golden retriever

We remember a very special golden retriever and Animals Asia therapy dog, Jack.

Animals Asia logo“Jack’s temperament and nature meant he was ideally suited to becoming a therapy dog for our/Animal Asia’s innovative Professor Paws and Dr Dog programs,” explains Grace, Jack’s human mummy,

He helped teach children to overcome their fear of dogs, learn safety around dogs, responsible pet care and compassion for all animals. He also helped patients in care homes and hospitals feel that they are special, helping to spread the message that dogs are our best friends and helpers, not food or fur.

Grace fondly remembers the time that they were out walking in the park when a little girl came over, calling ‘Jack’ as she approached them. She had met Jack at school, and she gave him a cuddle and a hug. The little girl had learning disabilities, and her family said it was unusual for her to be so responsive. She remembered Jack and felt that special bond with him.

His legacy lives on through the lives he touched

girl hugs golden retriever animals asia therapy dogJack sadly passed away in 2018 but his legacy lives on through the lives he touched, such as the little girl in the park that day. Grace subsequently went on to take in two Jack lookalikes, a beautiful 14 year old golden retriever called Pat, followed by DJ.

“I know DJ came into my life for a purpose, to continue Jack’s journey with us, and to extend Jack’s “life” with us even longer too. DJ is a perfect therapy dog for me, to help complete the deep grieving I had from losing Jack, and I believe in some way he is “Jack” continuing to give his love to me,” says Grace.

Since writing this story, we were sad to hear that DJ has passed away aged 14 years; another special soul that touched so many people’s lives. 

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Latest pupdate on our sponsored assistance dog Juno

assistance dog with autumn leaves

We’re excited to share the latest news on our Dogs For Good assistance dog, Juno.

Juno is now nine-months old and developing into a bright young dog. She is very enthusiastic and gets excited about everything she comes into contact with!

From the age of six months onwards, the focus for socialisers Mike and Penny shifts to transferring the training they have completed at home or in online puppy classes to ‘real-life’ situations and environments.

They continue with her obedience training outdoors, ensuring that she walks to heel when on the lead and that she returns to them when called if she is free-running in the park. They will also help her learn to settle in busy places.

Penny and Mike continue to take her to a variety of different environments to get her used to the sights, sounds and smells of everyday life. She has visited both Oxford and Wantage and copes really well in busy urban environments. She settles well in shops and on transport, and continues to settle well in pubs and restaurants – much to the delight of Mike and Penny! She also regularly travels happily in the car and on buses and the train.

Juno’s recall is great – unless there is a better offer

Mike says that Juno is still a very sociable dog, and loves meeting all the people and dogs they bump into. She can get very excitable around new people, so they are working on encouraging her to keep all four paws on the ground. Her recall is great – unless there is a better offer; so they will continue to work on this aspect of her training with the support of their puppy co-ordinator through the winter months.

dogs for good assistance dog in the snowJuno’s puppy co-ordinator Becci has this to say about her:

“Juno is a very clever girl who loves life! She has a really good level of basic obedience especially when out in busy environments. She is confident in all places and on transport which is great for her assistance dog career. She can occasionally be cheeky, like checking out what her holders might be preparing for dinner or going to say hello to someone on a walk! Both these areas are being worked on and I’m sure given her age she’ll improve.

“She has had a couple of short holidays boarding with other Dogs for Good dogs and has done really well which is also a positive step for her future.

“She certainly makes me laugh on every visit I do with her, but I am pleased with her progress for her age.”

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