CH HONOR'S STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN (Turner)
Friday, September 14, 2001
(SF Chronicle)

by JOSH SENS




Another gorgeous CHAMPION
From turning heads in the show ring...

to turning around lives in doctors offices
with her owner: Dr. Helena Weil (Psychotherapist)
CH HONOR'S STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN (Turner)


OLD YELLER . . . Here's a character for your novel: an angry white whale. Better yet, how about a gentle golden retriever. Her name is Lana Turner, and she belongs to Dr. Helena Weil, an East Bay pain-treatment specialist. Her canine, like her namesake, was once destined for stardom -- a purebred groomed for the Westminster Dog Show. But somewhere along the road to celebrity, the dog got sidetracked and turned to human services instead.

Now she works as a therapy dog, which is not to be confused with a Seeing Eye dog or a rescue dog or a police dog or any other dog that's been in the news of late.

She has been trained to ease anguish of any kind. At offices in Berkeley and Castro Valley, Lana Turner can be found approaching Weil's patients, placing her paw against their ailing ankles, delicately touching their tender toes.

Lana Turner has worked with a range of clients, from octogenarians with arthritis to Olympic sprinter Chryste Gaines. Weil wants to get the word out on Lana Turner, not, she says, to publicize her own practice, but to combat the recent spate of bad dog PR.

"There've been so many awful stories about dogs in recent months," Weil says. "It's important for people to hear about a dog who's up to something entirely good."

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"GRACE"

THIS DARLING PUPPY GREW UP TO BE THE EARS OF AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED DEAF WOMAN.

GRACE TRAVELS MORE FREQUENT FLYER MILES THAN ANY OTHER HEARING DOG IN THE WORLD.
You may have seen the t.v. series called F.B. Eye. The series is loosely based on Sue Thomas' first book about her adventures working for the F.B.I. many years ago with her first Hearing Dog Levi. After Levi died of cancer, "Grace" was donated to our program and trained as Sue's new Hearing Dog. "Grace" is Honor's Amazing Grace - a daughter of James - Ch. Asterling's Wild Blue Yonder and Maddy - Honor's Look Who's Talking - a Ch. Honor's Bunny Hug daughter owned by Alison and Peter Sparre. "Grace" is featured in our website under therapy/service dogs link.

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"VICTORIA"



Carl Liepmann with 'Victoria" - his new therapy -puppy-in -training starting some of her life's work at 8 weeks of age. The rest of her time she'll be playing at hunting birds and winning dog shows!! All the things a golden retriever should be.

Victoria, therapy dog in training, on her first visit to various nursing homes in Flushing, Michigan. Unbelievably, she marched in like an old hand and tripped down the hallways like she owned the place. Absolutely no fear of wheel chairs, walkers, buffing machines, or strangers. Actually went into the rehabilitation room and tried to exercise with the patients.

She will be going with Cedar, (Ch. Honor's Tree of Life) each Thursday from now on to two nursing homes, an Alzheimer's unit, a closed head injury facility, and an assisted living home. The photo of "Toria" in the ladies lap is rather unique. The lady's name is Lillian and she is 102 years young and is the oldest living graduate of Harvard University. So in one photo we have the youngest (8 weeks) and the oldest in the facility.

Good morning Jack!

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"CEDAR"


CH HONOR'S TREE OF LIFE aka Cedar
Owned/trained by: Carl Liepmann

Just thought I would let you know how my Christmas
holidays are going. Last week, I dressed like Santa
Claus and visited my friends at the nursing home and
then went to the "Country View" closed head injury
facility. The people there are really glad to see me,
but they have problems controlling their arm movement, 
so sometimes they hit me sort of hard. I don't mind
though, because I've been taught that it is OK, so I
just wag my tail and show a lot of love. The week
end before Christmas all my friends and I went to the
local grocery store for two days and collected for the
dogs and cats at the Humane Society. We collected
over 16,000 lbs. of dog food and money. My new best
buddy, J.R. was a real hit in his Angel halo. I was a 
"reindog" because the only way you get to be Santa
is by seniority and Mark is the oldest. I hope you
enjoy the newspaper article and the photos. I miss
you and wish you a wonderful "New Millinium."
Love, 
Cedar


Cedar's many friends look forward to his weekly visits at our local nursing home.
Here he is playing "Easter Bunny".

Received these pictures from the Leader Dogs for the Blind School in Rochester Michigan. Five of the puppies in the litter graduated and are now providing newfound freedom and mobility to their new owners. Two were selected to go into their breeding program and two were released for work related short comings. The average for a litter passing is 30-40%. So Cedar is wayyyyyyy above average.

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This is Honor's Call My Bluff, C.D., T.D.I. (Therapy Dog International)

Barbara Roberts is "Jack's" owner and writes:
   "Jack has been a therapy dog at Penrose Hospital (Colorado) since he was seven months old, and he's almost nine now.  Here he is at work  (in his scubs) and at rest after giving his all!  Everyone in the hospital knows and loves Jack.  They may not know MY name, but the elevator door can't open without someone yelling, "hey, Jack".
 He brings so much joy and love to patients, their families and the staff, that I can't imagine him retiring.  Visiting people with his special therapy is Jack's true calling.
Honorís Is There a Doctor In the House?

Mike made his first hospital visit when he was 8 weeks old, accompanying his Uncle Jack, who was getting ready to retire from weekly visits. Mike gradually replaced Jack and was full-time at 8 months. He is now visiting 2 hospitals weekly and occasionally volunteers at our library. Heís a great hit with patients, staff and visitors. Heís especially helpful in the pediatrics ward and in the chemotherapy treatment room.  Petting and talking to a dog seems to help these patients through often-difficult procedures and offers a fun distraction to children. We meet a lot of people who say that Mike is the best thing that happened in their day and that always makes our day. We had a doctor tell Mike that he was born for his work and he is right. Like Jack, he has found his calling.

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From "Guthrie's" owner Jules Talarico:


"My school is Horizon High School in Scottsdale Arizona and every Wed. is Guthrie's work day. During my second hour prep period we both head down to the Special Ed classes for the period. Guthrie is working mainly with two Down's Syndrome students. They walk Guthrie around the school while they collect the attendance for the front office. Then they sit and pet him and get plenty of kisses. We are slowly working with another student who has a hard time touching anything...she tries and we really feel she wants to pet Guthrie but then always pulls back at the end...Guthrie just patiently waits... On other evenings, Guthrie works for the Sun Health Hospital Organization and we visit an elderly Care Center or the hospital. His work includes bedside visitation with the patients and the staff...(he's a big favorite).


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"BUDDY"

Honor's Mitchell's Buddy, therapy puppy purchased by Dan & Elizabeth Klaus


Banner, who was 9 months old when this picture was taken, is a wonderful companion for our son Mitchell. Mitchell, who is 5 years old, was born with an extra chromosome. He is very delayed in his development. Mitchell can walk with assistance and gets around very well by crawling. Banner is a great motivator for Mitchell. Mitchell follows Banner around the house to see what he is doing and to pet him or play with him. Banner knows that Mitchell is different from his two older brothers and is very gentle with him. Banner is a part of our family and we are very thankful to have him.


"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." Ben Williams

In Memory of "Banner"
April 5, 2001 - March 30, 2003
Lost in a tragic home fire.
Sincere condolences to the Klaus
family - Dan, Elizabeth and
all 3 boys.

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"CUTIE"


Ch. Honor's Shut Up N' Kiss Me, C.G.C. - Certified Therapy Dog"

FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS.............. TO SERVICE AND COMMITMENT TO THEIR OWNERS...............


"Bailey" - a 3 month old female therapy puppy out of "Cutie" is on her way to serve the special needs community. Wearing her official "Therapy Puppy In Training" harness, she was relaxing before traveling with her owners to her new home.

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"DEACON"
"This is Brooke Kimberly with her puppy Deacon. Deacon is truly a gift from God. He came to us in such a way that we knew God was orchestrating all of it. Brooke suffers from rheumatoid arthritis in over 13 joints from her neck to her feet. Many of the simple things we can do for ourselves are insurmountable for Brooke. Scratching an itch on her leg, getting up from a chair, picking up something she has dropped, turning off the light once she is in bed, etc. Not being able to do some of these things leaves her frustrated .... and then along came Deacon. He is now 15 months old & is very much the Golden Retriever puppy! He has begun obedience training for dogs his age & is doing very well. Once he graduates from this class then he will be able to be trained as a service dog for Brooke. He will learn how to pick up things for her , retrieve things that are too high up, turn off & on lights, assist her in getting up from a chair, walk with her & protect her from people bumping into her, give her confidence & love too! Already Deacon senses there is something special about Brooke. He is sensitive to her needs. They are a team. There are almost no words for the emotional support and self image improvement Deacon brings a young girl that suffers such difficulties."
- as written by Brooke's mom Sharon

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"SAM" IS LEARNING TO ALERT HIS HEARING IMPAIRED OWNER, FAMOUS SINGER JOHNNY RAY
(deceased)
"SAM"

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IN GRATEFUL AND LOVING MEMORY OF THE FIRST THERAPY DOGS TO WORK IN THE LOS PRADOS PROGRAMS AND PROJECT REACH

(SAN MATEO SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS -1977)

"FIRE"
"DANCER"
"CAPRI"
ASHLEY

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Jesse, aka Hytree's All Fired Up, CD, CGC, TDI,(bred by Donna Edwards and Paige McBride) owned, trained and mostly loved by Donna Sadlik of Mentor, Ohio is a very special companion and therapy dog. Donna and Jesse visit Lake East Hospital in Painesville, Ohio every Sunday. The patients and hospital staff adore Jesse and he adores them right back. He never tires of the hugs and kisses he receives or gives as he makes his rounds in the Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Unit. Jesse and Donna also visit local nursing homes and have organized mini "fun" dog shows and obedience demonstrations to entertain the residents. Jesse has points towards his breed championship, has an obedience title, is trained in agility and is a member of an obedience drill team, however, his therapy work is his favorite activity and the most rewarding thing Donna has ever done with any of her dogs.
"JESSE"

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"COGAN"


Other Goldens like "Cogan" are working in Los Angeles. "Amanda" was the 1998 Search and Rescue Dog Poster Girl. Her registered name is HONOR'S HELP IS ON THE WAY

Honor's Cogan In The Rockies UDTX, WCX, TDI and owner-trainer, ski patroller Ron Buksaitis, during a training session for avalanche search and rescue work.

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CH HONOR'S RHINESTONE COWBOY CD WAS CALIFORNIA'S FIRST CERTIFIED HEARING DEMONSTRATION DOG, (1975) TEACHING STANDARDS TO MANY DOGS FOLLOWING IN HIS PAWPRINTS.

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CH HONOR'S FOXFIRE SCANDAL CD LEFT THE LIMELIGHT OF WASHINGTON DC (SHE WAS FULL SISTER TO PRESIDENT FORD'S "LIBERTY") TO BECOME AN ASSISTANCE DOG FOR A PSYCHOTHERAPIST.



The Aldea Program for teens with learning disabilities loved their regular obedience training classes.

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CH HONOR'S AIN'T WE GOT FUN?

"Gotta" is a stunning example of one of our retired Champions. She lives with Grace Malone whose son is autistic. "Gotta" supervises all the Special Olympic Training and Competition Days when she's not at home taking care of Grace's son Whitney.
"Gotta"
September 27, 1987 - May 26, 2000

Sire: Ch. Amberac's Hi Thyme Rycroft
Dam: Ch. Honor's Bunny Hug


It is with great sorrow that we notify some of "Gotta's" friends and family, that she has gone to be with the Lord.

"Gotta" was from Bunny's very first litter and was one of her first champions. "Gotta" made many, many friends from Texas to Massachusetts while she was out being shown to her championship; and although she had only 4 puppies herself, she is auntie to many other wonderful dogs through her famous brothers and sisters. Two of "Gotta's" sons went on to Show Dog Hall of Fame status and notable records. 
After her retirement from the show ring and brief stint in the whelping box, "Gotta" served as a therapy dog, where at 8 years of age she suffered an accident that shattered one of her rear legs. Bone specialists said it was one of the worst injuries they had ever seen. Since she was a very large bitch, we chose to have 6 surgeries performed over the next year rather than cut off the leg, since we felt it would give her the strongest chance to bear her weight into old age. Unfortunately, it appears that so many surgeries had the ultimate wear on her physically as it was her kidneys that eventually shut down. However, the additional four and a half years of her life, she lived to the fullest with Grace Malone and her autistic son in Napa California. It was Gotta who took away Whitney's fear of dogs, and it was Gotta who went with them to many Special Olympics training days and gave other kids encouragement to see a handicapped dog having absolutely no idea that she was "special too". You see, the best surgeons could only repair her rear leg to stick straight out and stiff - - so when she jogged or ran, Gotta would sling her leg straight out to the side and kept up with the best of them. Gotta never let her leg bother her or slow her down - she simply had the heart of a true champion in everything she did.

 We hope that this will bring a small honor to one of the truly great goldens that had a heart bigger than she was.

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IF I'M REALLY GOOD......CAN I GROW UP TO PERFORM WITH THE 4-H DRILL TEAM?



These sincere teams brought much joy and happiness to handicapped children's schools.

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THE DOCTOR IS IN!
Angel Webb - M.D., PhD. in therapy!



Pearl's little baby girl "Angel"
doing therapy at 4 months.

ready for patients

Forget the prescription doctor.
I'll take your puppy and go to bed.

Angel - after therapy.
Angel's owner is an eye surgeon and he has taken Angel to the office with him since she was 8 weeks old. Angel gives hugs and love and kisses to patients who are depressed about their visual loss. By feeling her, and sensing her love and acceptance, they in turn learn to cope with their illness.  She shares my office and does her "consults" right where my desk is. She has treated about fifty patients already-and  we are thinking of doing a TV special on her. Angel is the youngest dog ever to pass her Good Citizen-Therapy  test in New York State. We are proud of her-she is also the best looking Golden in the entire area.

Bear is owned by Arlene Stopa of Setauket, New York and she writes:

"Today, at nine weeks, Bear made his first visit to Kipp Pavillion, a residence for Alzheimer patients . Bear's first visit we met with thirty residents in their recreation room. Many Alzheimer folks have a flat affect and find communication difficult. What an absolute joy to see their faces break into broad smiles when they saw fluffy Bear. As he licked them and cuddles on their laps, they stroke his hair, hug him and exclaim how cute he is. They clapped when he showed his tricks of coming and retrieving. Bear's patience, personality and great adaptability make him a wonderful pet for this mission.

Update at 12 weeks: Here is Bear outside with my mom. The residents have started a bulletin board with photos to mark Bear's growth. Many residents remember him and he puts on a swagger when he enters. Others smile, pat him and talk about loving dogs. One says she is going to "puppy-nap" him and take him home. My mom wants to know when I will teach him to call her Grandma. To some, Bear brings back memories of past relationships with pets, for others he is a fluffy, cute, funny, living creature to pet and embrace. He adds spark and laughter to their lives. Unconditional love is what Bear is all about!"

We visit Kipp once a week. Residents feel very comfortable with him. Some get on the floor and hug him. A really lovely story. One gentleman in a wheelchair, stares downward and doesn't much relate to surrounding stimuli. BEAR licked his hand. I put his head under the gentleman's hand, he gently pet BEAR and smiled.



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CH Honor's Runnymede High Calling



"TIMOTHY" IS THE HEAD THERAPIST
FOR
YOUTH FOR CHRIST IN SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA


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