Animal Assisted Counseling of Colorado
Hi I am Hope! I am one of the sweetest Golden Retrievers you will ever meet. I love to hang out with my brothers Ranger and Noah, but I sometimes get nervous when meeting new dogs. When I was lost and did not have a family, I got into some scary fights that other dogs started. My mom and dad adopted me when I was one and a half years old and I am now 10. They drove from Denver to Lamar, Colorado to meet me and of course they fell in love with me immediately. I am pretty adorable, don't you think? I know a lot of cues but not as many as my brothers. I am excited to meet you and love to give kisses. I too passed my Canine Good Citizen test and am a registered therapy team with my mom through Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado.
(Hope is cared for by Carri).
I'm Noah and I am the baby in the family. Mom and dad adopted me from Every Creature Counts when I was 7 months old. I was in a foster family but now I am in my permanent home. I am energetic and love to have fun, but sometimes I forget my boundaries. I love to lick faces and give big hugs, but if that is not your thing just tell me off in a strong voice. I know it is important for me to have self-control, but sometimes it is sure hard. I am super smart and love to learn new things. I will do almost anything for a treat. I will be your best friend and I love to please. My mom thinks I am a Retriever maybe mixed with a Border Collie. I am 9 years old. I just passed my Canine Good Citizen test and am a registered therapy team with Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. (Noah is cared for by Carri).
Hi my name, is Ranger. My mom and dad adopted me from the Denver Dumb Friends League when I was 10 weeks old. My mom says that I was actually her best Christmas present ever. She thinks I am a Golden Retriever mixed with a Brittany Spaniel. I was in 3 other places before finding my forever home with my mom and dad. I am a momma's boy and am 13 years old. I am a retired therapy dog who enjoyed working with kids and adults. I am starting to lose my hearing but still come to work with mom. She says that she does not expect much of me unless I want to engage with people. I really like that she respects my need to be old. I still love to play with my toy chicken and get belly rubs. I know some hand signals and that is how mom communicates with me.
Oh! Hello everyone! My name is Minerva, named after the Roman Goddess of intellect and wisdom. I am a four and a half year old Australian Shepherd! Ever since the day I was born, my mama worked very carefully with me because she knew that one day, I would grow up to be a working dog, helping people. When I was very young, I began using my nose to smell changes happening in a human's body. My mama was so proud of me, and helped guide me so that I could learn how to help her as her service dog. One of the most important jobs a dog could ever have! Because of how smart and wise I am, under my mama's watchful eye, I have learned how to also use my service dog training to help others, as a dually trained therapy dog! So now, not only do I have one very important job, but two!! When I'm not working, I love chasing my squeaker; catching frisbees in the air; playing with my little brother, Cerberus; and especially, going hiking, camping, and traveling with my mama and papa! So far, I have visited 15 out of the 50 United States, and I'm determined to see them all once my mama and I finish graduate school! My mama and I are a registered team with Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. (Minerva is cared for by Carmen.)
Hi there! I am Dr. Seuss. Humans call me Doc! I was named after the author for all the wonderful “Quotes” and books he is known for. My mom’s favorite quote for me is “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” My mom chose me to become a dual working dog as both a service and therapy dog. I am seven and a half years old and a Newfoundland Poodle mix, loving called a Newdle. I am a large breed dog and my mom picked me out especially for my size. Since I was six weeks old, I began my socialization and training to be my mom’s working service dog. My job is to help my mom with medical alert and brace and balance work. When I am not working, I love to play with my stuffed babies, my orange ball, and run figure eights through my human’s legs. I am a Canine Good Citizen and my mom and I are a registered therapy team with Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. (Doc is cared for by Allyson.)
Hi! My name is Pumpkin! I am a 5 year old Silkie female Guinea Pig. My mom adopted me from Cavy Care, Inc. My original family was not able to take care of me and they brought me to Shannon at Cavy Care who took wonderful care of me until I could find my furever home. I am very sweet, mellow, and calm, but I definitely run the show when it comes to my sister Autumn. I have beautiful, long red hair that needs grooming. I will sit in your lap and let you pet me as long as you want! I am somewhat quiet, but I am starting to come out of my shell and become more vocal.
Little Dude (Seuss)
Hi! My name is Seuss, but I prefer Little Dude because I am quite the character. I am a three years old and I am an American smooth coat male guinea pig. My mom adopted me when I was 3 months old with my brother Wiley. Wiley started picking on me when I was about 5 months old and we had to be separated, and I am okay with that! I am full of spunk. I love to give kisses and I love watching TV with my mom. Sometimes, I like to be perched on her shoulder, like a parrot. I am super friendly and I am an expert therapy guinea pig.
Hi! My name is Wiley. I am an American Crested male guinea pig, which means I have a unique cowlick on top of my head! I’m a few months older than my brother Little Dude, and my mom separated us because I used to pick on him since he was annoying me. And now, I am sometimes labeled “the problem child”. Despite having problems getting along, I still need love and attention from my human family. Sometimes, when I am annoyed and I see a finger, I impulsively want to see if it’s food. Sometimes, mom think I am trying to bite, but I am really hungry most of the time! At times, its hard to be a guinea pig! So please give me a chance and get to know me before making assumptions about me based on past behavior.
Hi, my name is Kiera! I am a smooth coat American satin Guinea Pig. At first, I am somewhat shy, but warm up to others easily. For the most part, I am very sweet and calm but will not hesitate to tell you what I need through my squeaks and vocalizations! One of my favorite things to do is run laps around my cage. Mom thinks it's funny. Sometimes, my sisters gang up on me :( so I have learned to go to my safe place (my Kleenex box) when they are overwhelming me. So please come meet me and give me a reason to come out of my cage!
My mom says my name should have been Spunky... or Sassafrass! I am the life of the piggy party. I always have something to do, and usually it's bothering my sister Kiera (with the help of my other/favorite sister, Pumpkin). I can't sit still for anything (unless it is a carrot treat). I, too, like to run laps around my cage and am usually chasing Kiera. Come meet me and my vibrant personality!
My name is Domino and my brothers’ and I were born in July 2017. We are Dumbo rats and have big cute pink ears. Better to hear things (my pretty...). My mom named me Domino because half of my face is white and the other a silver color. I am a friendly rat, but also need some time to get to know people. Mom says Blaze and I are the more confident brothers. I love to sleep and be affectionate with my brothers, especially laying in one of the hammocks in our “rat mansion.” Come and get to know me and my brothers and bring cashews please!
My name is Blaze and mom calls me Blazers. Not sure why, but she seems to like the nickname she created for me. One of AACC’s client’s calls me “fatty.” At first, I was somewhat offended, but then I realized I really do like to eat! And I am ok about how my body looks! I have so many favorite snacks I can’t even list them here. Sometimes I get so excited about eating that I almost fall out of my cage. If I am being completely honest, I have fallen out of the cage when trying to get food. Thank goodness mom has quick hands and she put a soft rug below the "rat mansion". I also get bursts of energy and like to run and jump in the cage. So, come and meet me and my brothers. I am the one with the white “Blaze” down my nose.
Hi my name, is Decker! I am the shy brother but my mom says I just take longer to warm up to people. I can’t help it I am a small prey animal. I am named after a football player who used to play for the Denver Broncos. Mom says I am cute like him and can run real fast, especially when my brothers want to pick on me. That is when I like to hide in my favorite place, my wooden house. Come say hi to me, but just be patient, as I need to trust people before I feel comfortable with them.
Isis is a 5 1/2 year old Golden Retriever and our second generation golden. She loves hugs and tummy rubs! Her name may get odd reactions at times but she is named after the Egyptian Sun Goddess, Isis. She loved hanging out with her mother, Merlowe as well as her daughter, Mia. Isis enjoys long walks and swimming as well as participating in the Furry Scurry every year! Isis is a AACOC therapy dog in training and enjoys loving on clients and learning new behaviors with their help!
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