Golden Retriever Celebrates 1000 Therapy Visits One Month After Owner Dies

Delhi, ON (Canada)  Ok, this story is close to home, so I post with great pride.  Eight and a half year old golden retriever Amy celebrated her 1000th visit as a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog on May 21, 2014.  Amy visits the local hospital, nursing homes, special events and Delhi Public School, where youngsters were are to practice their reading. She is only one of about 12 dogs who have reached this milestone in the program in the last 20 years.  It is believed she may be the youngest dog to achieve this goal.

Dan Nakonechny and Amy (Photo - The Simcoe Reformer)

Dan Nakonechny and Amy (Photo – The Simcoe Reformer)

Sadly, Amy’s owner Pat Nakonechny, who was looking forward to this accomplishment, passed away a month ago. They were celebrated with an assembly at Delhi Public School and a tree was planted in their honour in front of the school. Her husband Dave said she loved the program, and would talk about it “to anyone who would listen”  Amy and Nakonechny made three visits a week, every week for seven years.

Thanks Pat and Amy, for all of your time and effort.  It won’t be forgotten.

Golden retriever celebrates 1000th visit – The Simcoe Reformer

Enhanced by Zemanta

One thought on “Golden Retriever Celebrates 1000 Therapy Visits One Month After Owner Dies

Comments are closed.