Meet our Pet Therapy Canines!
Each day, nine dogs spend the day on our campus to provide companionship and therapy to our children. ANDRUS students recently interviewed their owners to learn more about each pup. We thought you would like to meet them! This month, we introduce Cricket, who was one of the first dogs in PAWS (Pets at Work for Sanctuary) and Nola, our newest addition...
Owner: Carter Kahle
Interview by Andrus Student
Where does Cricket live? Cricket comes to the Orchard School during the day and goes home with me at night. She sometimes sleeps in her crate and sometimes on her bed or on my bed. She is very spoiled!
Does she actually look like a cricket? Well, she looks like a dog but she has very big eyes like a bug and sometimes she hops around on her back legs when she's exited.
Is it a boy or a girl? Cricket is a girl.
How old is she? Cricket's birthday is July 31st. She's 3 years old.
What color is she? Cricket is brownish-orange and white.
Does she like people food? She loves all food! Her favorite human food is probably steak or chicken. She can be healthy too, as she likes to eat fruit and vegetables.
Does she like dog food? Yes, she loves her dog food.
Is she friendly with other dogs? Cricket is friendly with other dogs but often it takes her a little time to get comfortable with them because at first she can be shy.
Is she friendly with cats? Cricket is scared of cats. She wants to be picked up when a cat is around.
On a scale of 1 to 10 how ugly is your dog? 1 being drop dead gorgeous, 10 being OMG! Put a paper bag over her head! Ha. That's a funny question, as Cricket's mom I would have to say she is drop dead gorgeous, so definitely a 1!
Owner: Debra Argentina
Interview by Andrus Student
How old was Nola when you first got her? Nola was 9 weeks old.
How old is your dog now, in people years? She is 6 months in dog years and 3.5 years old in people years.
When does Nola go to sleep at night? She goes to sleep around 10:30 p.m.
Do you talk to your dog and how does she respond? Yes I talk to Nola, in a high voice like Elmo when she has good behavior and in a low voice like Oscar the Grouch when she does not listen to commands.
Do you bring your dog to work every day? Yes, I bring her most days.
What food do you feed your dog? I feed her all natural food with no by-products and I feed her 1.5 raw meat balls with each feeding.
How many treats does your dog get per day? Nola gets a lot of treats because she is a puppy and is in training. She is rewarded with treats when she listens to commands.
Can I come to play with the dog for a meet and greet? Yes you can but you must ask the staff in charge if it is a good time to do this.
How gorgeous is your dog on a scale of 1-10? Nola is off the charts!