Always near the top of the charts of America’s favorite breeds, Golden Retrievers have long been popular with young and old alike, and Caz is no exception. Golden Retrievers like Caz typically crave companionship, which, combined with their gorgeous looks and goofy friendliness, makes them excellent guide and therapy dogs.
Caz has been a registered therapy dog since 2008. He and his partner, Susan, started out as a team at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento, California. Caz became known as the “living teddy bear” to hundreds of children, as he was able to change their focus from pain to play and help them feel “normal.”
Caz relaxes after storytime with his friends
one of his favorite books.
When Susan and Caz moved across country, they aligned themselves with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandwich, Massachusetts, where the population was older and geared toward rehabilitation. The staff was eager to have Caz visit the patients, and they discovered he was an effective motivator in helping patients work through their various physical, occupational, and or speech therapy exercises. For example, one person in speech therapy spoke their first words when asking about Caz. Another example is the way Caz walks alongside a person using a walker at their speed; the person walks farther and happier with Caz by her side. Patients who need to move their shoulder, arm, or wrist can pet Caz, thereby strengthening their muscles while giving Caz the special attention he loves.