Rosie — Therapy

Location: Seffner, Florida

Rosie was at our local county shelter as a stray. She had a severe leg injury and it was certain she wouldn’t get adopted. We agreed to foster her hoping we would find a way to get the surgery she needed. A non profit stepped up and paid for her $1800 surgery. Rosie went to the best orthopedic surgeon and the procedure was a success!
After weeks of physical therapy we decided the best place for Rosie was in our home so we adopted her!
Wanting to pay back the non profit that paid for her surgery, we volunteered with them with Rosie as their spokesdog.
Rosie then went on to become a blood donor and continued to donated for 3 years saving countless lives.
After basic obedience class, she went on to get her Canine Good Citizen certificate and then her Canine Good Citizen Urban certificate.
Then Rosie passed the Therapy Dog International assessment test on her first try and joined TDI as a therapy dog.
For the last 5 years she has visited retirement centers specializing in the memory care unit. She has attended schools during reading week and during the Great American Teach In.
Rosie is truly an ambassador not only for dogs, but for her breed.
I have seen Rosie bring smiles to the elderly, light to those that have lost hope and has given caregivers a soft spot to cry.
She has given students the confidence to read out loud when they normally wouldn’t because she doesn’t judge anyone.
It took a village to save her, and a village she will joyfully serve.

Round 3 of voting for the 2020 Hero Dog Awards is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement on Hallmark Channel in October.