Bear — Therapy

Location: Portland, Oregon

BEAR, a recognized Hero dog, overcomes arthritis, grief and cancer to bring hope and happiness to children.

Bear is a black Labrador Retriever named for his giant paws, also has a giant heart. He trained to be a Pet Partner therapy dog when he was 5 years old and is a regular at Randall Children’s Hospital. Diagnosed with severe elbow arthritis at age 1, he dealt with the limitation. In 2017 he was named the Diamond Collar Award Hero Dog (Oregon Humane Society) for saving the life of a neighbor, his volunteer work at Randall Children’s Hospital and participation in the Canines and Childhood Cancer study (Sponsored by American Humane). However, right after he was recognized, his constant companion and father, Buddy, died. Bear seemed ok until 11 days later when he suddenly developed swollen glands in his neck and was diagnosed with lymphoma.

With chemotherapy two years after his diagnosis of lymphoma, BEAR visits on the outpatient and inpatient wards where he is famous for wearing his sunglasses. He is doing well and gives hope, happiness and education to others that dogs can get arthritis, cancer, experience grief and overcome.

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