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judges 2011


Entry Category Therapy Dogs
Charity Partner Hand in Paw
Location Columbia, Missouri


Levah was rescued in 2012 after spending her early years as a part of a breeding colony at Pfizer laboratories. She had several litters, was caged all the time and received little socialization outside the animal caretakers. After the research trial ended, all the dogs in the facility were to be euthanized but the animal caretaker saw something in this beagle, then called Speedy. This petite pup was finally out of the lab. All she needed was her forever home. I adopted her about 10months later and renamed her Levah which means heart in Hebrew as she has a heart shape marking on her hind leg. I recognized early on that I had a special dog, she is nothing like her hunting hound ancestors. Levah is an extremely loving and intuitive dog. I work for the MU Research Center for Human-animal interaction and was very aware of how to become a registered therapy dog team. I knew it was the perfect thing for Levah and I. She is new to the game but do far visits weekly at Tigerplace (pictured), a rehab unit and children's hospital. The patients love her gentle nature and hearing her story. I nominate my dog because she has a new lease on life. She is making a difference in others lives all because 1 person gave her a second chance.

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