We visited adults at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica. I loved working with Grenda, the Director of Volunteers!! Amazing person!!
We visited amazing kids who could only feel Indy and hear her at Florence Blend School for they were visually impaired. Despite being blind, the kids would hold onto Indy's leash and walk her. They loved walking her. And Indy would never pull. She knew what to do. She was always very gentle.
We went to different events at the OC Fair, the Special Olympics and even to Gold's Gym to have challenged kiddos play with dogs!!! Very neat stuff.
During the audition they asked me some questions and then they asked if Indy could roll over onto her back and have her tummy rubbed. On queue, bam, as the assistant approached Indy, she gets on her back for a belly rub!!! She 's hired!!!
I found Indy at an animal shelter (or we found each other) when I happened to go to Los Angeles Animal Shelter on Bundy. I adopted her immediately the day after Independence Day, 2002. She got her name because 1) she was 'rescued' the day after INDYpendence day. 2) She got her INDYpendence from the pound. 3) It's first come, first serve at the shelter, so I was rushing like an Indy race car driver to get her. Plus, I like names of dogs that end in "eee." Like Indy. Or Cali. Or Shiggy!!!!
Indy, Cali-bu and Mikan (my cat.)
For fun, I entitled the video: "Scared pit bull.
See ghost and walks backwards."
It has over a quarter of a million views.
(Above: Indy getting a BIG hug from a boy
(Above: I don't remember this guy's name, but wow,
After visiting the patients on my days off from work, (typically on Wednesdays,) I would go home and always count my blessings at how lucky I am to be healthy.)
Pre-selfie and pre-take tons of photos with
The dogs all had on their "animal assisted therapy" vests on.
(Above: Bringing some Christmas Cheer to the kids during the Holiday Season.)
Two beds, yet they crammed into one!!
They loved each other. And someone
told me "never get two girls."
Proved them wrong about that myth too.)
Many dogs have a six sense when they go into the pound,
One of the photos that I best remember Indy-windy
the pit bull, animal assisted therapy dog.
Love, love, lovely. )