My name is Cleo (Cleopatra) and my handler's name is Mark. He will tell you I have a lot of energy! I carry groceries, bring you your shoes, a drink from the refrigerator, throw away garbage and many other things. I am my best with a job. I continually go to school to keep my mind busy.
One day, I was in PetSmart with Mark and I saw a man in a wheelchair. Much to Mark's surprise I strained against the leash and pulled towards this man. Mark corrected me, but the man saw me and reached out his hand. So I was allowed to go to him and I laid my head in his lap. Once again I went against all my classes, climbing gently into his lap and laying my head on his shoulder. I snuggled close to him as he held me in a bear hug with his face buried into my neck. I am really not a kisser (usually reserve for Mark) but I kissed his forehead too. Mark apologized and went to pick me up. The man said, "Please, please let her stay!" Several minutes passed as his wife approached looking very surprised, her husband glanced up at her with tears in his eyes.
As my new friend talked to me, patted me and snuggled me, his wife stepped to the side and told Mark a story. My friend had lost the use of his legs while serving in the military. He had been in his wheelchair now for six months and recovering for a long time prior to that from his injuries. She said since he has returned, he has not smiled or cried and this was the first emotion she has seen from him. She also had tears in her eyes as she thanked us and she patted my head many times. My new friend also talked to Mark, smiled , laughed and thanked him for allowing me to be shared. He said I was special! He said I touched something in him that he needed.
That day, Mark went home and talked to his wife, Denise, because they knew they needed to change my courses a bit for my new "Job"!!!!!!!!!! I was too aware of people's needs to not go where my parents felt like they were being called. I am now a happy, smiling, registered therapy dog! I love my job. I currently am on a schedule at the Duval county courthouse giving support, love and doggy kisses in stressful situations. I also love to go to rehab facilities, schools, hospitals or anywhere I'm needed. Mark will tell you every visit, no matter where we go, warms not only the person's heart we are visiting but ours also! Pet therapy is such a double sided rewarding experience.
Much love and doggy kisses, Cleo🐕❤️ and Mark