How we created more love in our life

His voice was strong, as he sang “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray.” The others in the room cheerfully joined in without missing a beat. I struggled to keep my composure as tears flowed down my face. It was Thanksgiving and Dennis and I were visiting Ponte Palmero, a memory care facility in Cameron Park, with our pet therapy dogs, Lola and Gibbs.
Lola and I started obedience training shortly after we got her. I fell in love with the bond we developed, and it became an easy decision to expand our training into pet therapy. The testing process was a little nerve racking, but it had become an important rite of passage.
After Lola and I registered with Pet Partner, Dennis started training with Gibbs. He was a younger dog and a bit rambunctious, which makes him irresistible. Gibbs training went very well, and it didn’t take long for him to learn the specifics of being a pet therapy dog.
Dennis and I visit care facilities with Lola and Gibbs, as time allows. However, I am the first to admit it’s not nearly enough. Our therapy dogs help break down barriers and open conversation that we otherwise would not have. The visits are as magically for us, and they are for those we visit.

2 responses to “How we created more love in our life”

  1. Janet, the bond between humans and animals is unbroken even when memory fails us. You and Dennis are providing a wonderful caring service by bringing your wonderful dogs to folks who can no longer care for their own. Blessings to all four of you! Susan

    • Thank you, Susan. What a lovely tribute that touches me. I enjoyed seeing Riley the other day. I’ll bring Lola for a meet and greet after her delivery. Happy Valentines day!

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Janet Osterdock is ZOOM Media’s President and CEO where she focuses on campaign development and implementation. Janet founded ZOOM Cross-Media in 2009 with a team of highly skilled industry specialists. She has a heart for service and works side-by-side with clients to deliver integrated high-impact campaigns. In Janet’s words “implementation is everything and it can make the difference between average performance and outstanding performance.” In her spare time, Janet volunteers in pet therapy at Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Adam Osterdock is ZOOM Media’s Director of Business Development where he focuses on the integration of social, digital, and print media implementation in marketing campaigns. He rejoined Zoom directly after graduating from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he earned the Cal Alumni Leadership Award and represented UC Berkeley at multiple international business competitions. In his spare time, he volunteers by teaching workshops at the local community college on small business development and business-case analysis.

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