Remembering Jack, a very special Animals Asia therapy dog

He helped teach children compassion for all animals

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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