Cleopatra, Queen of the Cobb River
Cleopatra, known to her subjects as "Cleo", is a
bassett hound. She was born on July 15, 1999. Her family lives in Good Thunder, MN. Cleo has a super nose and likes to sniff
everything. She has been taking "dog classes" since she was a puppy and enjoys playing with her classmates. She has her own
mailbox and gets her own fan mail.
Bailey, like his sister Maddie, is a shitzu/sheltie "designer dog".
He has fluffy buff colored fur like a shitzu, but is taller, like a sheltie. Bailey's family lives in New Ulm, MN. Bailey
loves to do tricks and has springs for legs! He is king of the weave poles. Bailey recently starred in a production of the
musical "Annie" in the role of Sandy (the dog).
Maddie, like her brother Bailey, is a shitzu/sheltie "designer
dog". She inherited the sheltie coloring, conformation and herding tendencies. Maddie also lives with her family in New Ulm,
MN. Maddie is two years old and likes to show off her singing and dancing ability.
Reba is a cocker spaniel
with a sable coat, which means her fur is tan with black tips, a distinctive color for a cocker spaniel. Reba is five and
a half years old and lives with her family in Elysian, MN. Reba has a "cousin", Sierra, who also belongs to the group. Reba
loves to go on visits and has a special friend she visits faithfully.
Sierra is also a cocker spaniel,
from the same family as Reba. Sierra has silky dark brown fur and is always well groomed because her mom is a groomer. She
is 1 1/2 years old and is our group's newest therapy dog. She lives with her family in Elysian, MN, where
she has a large family of cocker spaniels (and humans, of course).
Amanda is 8 1/2 years old and was born
on Christmas Day, hence her middle name: Amanda Noel. Amanda lives with Sierra and Reba and her family in Elysian, MN. She
has been doing therapy dog work for many years and loves to perform. She has had several litters of pups, but has more time
for therapy dog work now that she is retired from motherhood.
Roger is a terrier mixture, mostly Boston
terrier. He is brindle with white feet, face and collar. Roger was adopted from the Humane Society and flew to Minnesota from
California to live with his forever family on a farm near Comfrey, MN. Roger and his "handler" are the
first dog/handler team in Minnesota to be certified in animal-assisted crisis and disaster response by Hope AACR, Portland
Sydney is a golden retriever and is two years old. She is truly a "working dog" who
goes to work with her mom and helps foster families learn parenting skills. She lives with her family in Mankato, MN. Like
any self-respecting retriever, she is happiest when she has a tennis ball in her mouth. Her mom is also Puppy Love's dog trainer
so Sydney is the "teacher's pet".
Did you know that Florence Nightingale wrote about the therapeutic value of having a dog?