Therapy Dogs at EUG
Dillon is a five-year-old Goldendoodle that has been with the FETCH program for four years.
Dillon likes a wide variety of treats but his most favorite is jerky. When he is not working at the airport he likes to go on long hikes.
A therapy dog since 2019, Django is a rescued Blue Healer. Approximately seven years old, Django loves dog agility, any toy that squeaks, but most of all cuddling with his people.
A nine-year-old Chocolate Labrador, Emma has been a therapy dog since 2014. Emma loves food and will try and likely eat everything. She loves chasing tennis balls and to swim. Emma also loves a good hike and playing in the snow.
Grizzly is a friendly guy who loves visiting all humans and has been with the therapy program for six years. He is a twelve-year-old German Shepard, Malamute, Chow and Golden Retriever mix. Grizzly loves playing with his dog friends and meeting new ones. He has three cat siblings and loves his stuffed happy face toy, and anything beef related.
Maui is a soon to be eight-year-old yellow lab.
Maui is a typical lab that will eat anything. Her favorite visits always involve kids at schools, hospitals and is also a court dog for the juvenile justice and family court. Her favorite toys are the stuffed squirrel house and accompanying squirrels. She’s been registered with the program since 2017.
Ozzy is a six-year-old English Labrador Retriever. When he is not play with his favorite toy ball or floating water retriever, Ozzy is a lover all foods. Ozzy has been a therapy dog for approximately four years.
A two -time National lure coursing champion, Quiley is an Irish Wolfhound. Quiley is six years old and on his fifth year of being a therapy dog under the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Quiley loves to chase white plastic bags and had a favorite stuffed puppy dog that he recently lost. When he’s not chasing bags or running on courses, Quiley is relaxing while eating apples and bananas.
Nicknamed “pink girl”, Ryder is a ten-year-old Golden Retriever. Ryder joined Fetch Therapy in 2019 and loves swimming, chasing squirrels and making new friends. She loves all types of foods, including vegetables and her favorite toy is a baby goose.
Skizziks is a five-year-old rescued Borador (Labrador Retriever and Border Collie mix). He has been involved with FETCH and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs for three years. Skizziks loves frozen Kongs filled with yogurt and peanut butter and loves playing ball with his dog best friend Bandit.
A member of FETCH and the Allegiance of Therapy Dogs since 2015, Tanner is an eleven-year-old Terrier/Chihuahua mix. When Tanner is not providing comfort to those getting ready to fly or in the hospital, you can find all ten pounds of him curled up on people’s laps.
F.E.T.C.H (Friends Eager to Come Help) is a local volunteer therapy dog group serving Eugene/Springfield and other Lane county areas. We are all registered members of the national organization of Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD).
Specializing in bringing smiles and joy to others, F.E.T.C.H. was formed in late 2001 to offer therapy dogs teams an opportunity to visit as a group. The program visits assisted living and memory care facilities, the Riverbend hospital, the U of O, various high schools, the Jasper Safe house, mental health facilities, anywhere people could use a little doggy love and understanding.
In 2019, twelve teams started visiting the Eugene Airport. The Airport team can:
- Help calm nerves if travelers have anxiety about flying
- Lift heavy hearts if you’re traveling to due to the recent loss of a loved one
- Provide a few minutes of entertainment and education for children
- Provide an excuse to look up from your smartphones and smile
- And getting to know local and out of town travelers!
So next time you see F.E.T.C.H - in green vests with the dogs wandering around, wave and the dogs will come on by to say hi!
The F.E.T.C.H Airport team look forward to seeing you the next time you FLY EUG!