Hope wanted to become a therapy team with her beautiful Chocolate Lab, Kona. She researched the different therapy programs in Las Vegas and decided she wanted to become a Pet Partner registered team.
So Hope, thirteen at the time, and her mom attended a Pet Partner Workshop and took her training with Love Dog Adventures, a Pet Partner affiliate program.
Both mom and Hope passed with flying colors and chose a very important assignment. They work with Kona at a group home for multiply disabled youth. Kona has become a favorite with one particular young girl and a beloved volunteer.
But Hope is a very busy young girl. She also is a member of the local 4-H Club and participates in many other activities. But her passion is animals. In addition to raising several farm animals she always finds the time to volunteer with Kona.
At the annual 4-H competition at the Clark County Fair on April 10 Hope gave a presentation on therapy animals and her work with Kona. She mad a very detailed presentation board explaining what therapy animals are, the difference between service and therapy animals, how you become a Pet Partner team, and the work they do each week. She went into detail about the training process, the Workshop she attended and how she went about choosing an assignment. She handed out information about the program and had everyone meet Kona.
She had to obtain special permission to bring Kona into the Small Animal Barn for the Demonstration contest as dogs are not allowed in the barn.
It is a wonderful testament to their training and the reputation of Pet Partners and Love Dogs that she was permitted to do this.
Hope won 1st Place in the Intermediate Division for 4-H in Clark County. What an accomplishment. Everyone, especially the judges,. were impressed with her knowledge and passion for what she does with her beloved Kona.
Pet Partners welcomes youth as young as ten years old to volunteer with their parents and they must attend the same training and pass the same strict test and fully qualify as a volunteer. We are so proud of all the young people who are part of the Love Dog therapy team in Las Vegas.