Finley — Therapy

Location: Marina del Rey, California

I adopted Finley when he was only 9 weeks old and he was an inspiration from day one. He had a rough start in life and was surrendered to the shelter when he was only 6 weeks old. He clearly had been neglected and was not in the best physical shape. Unfortunately, the shelter could not save his badly injured & infected right leg, and it had to be amputated. I wasn’t planning on getting a dog when I stumbled across his photo online, but there was something very special about this dog, and I knew I had to meet him. Not only was Finley one of the happiest dogs I’d ever met but he was also the friendliest. He greeted me as if we were old friends and I knew he was mine.

Having three legs didn’t slow Finley down one bit. He never failed to impress me with how fast he could run, jump, swim, go up & down stairs, and make friends with everyone he met. He especially loved kids so I wasn’t surprised when a Children’s Hospital nurse noticed him one day and suggested he become a therapy dog.

He became a therapy dog when he was 1.5 years old and has been working at CHLA for the last 2.5 years. He is an inspiration to everyone he meets and the kids he visits quickly pick up on the fact that he doesn’t let anything slow him down. I’ve watched him help kids walk after surgery, comfort them when they are in pain, get over their fear of dogs, and lift everyone’s spirits. The joy he brings to everyone he meets makes me so proud and I know he is doing exactly what he was meant to do.

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