Monday, October 22, 2012

True Angels

Angel On A Leash
Polly and Lexie at AKC's Meet the Breeds

One of the best parts of being a breeder is experiencing the joy that my puppies bring to their families. 9 years ago, I bred my last litter of English Cocker Spaniels. One of these puppies, Lexie, went to a 16 year old girl named Polly, who lives in New York City.  Polly was a very special teenager who attended a children's performing arts school in Manhattan, and performed on Broadway in "Phantom of the Opera" at night. Over the years, Polly and Lexie have traveled North America in the national touring company of Phantom, and Lexie has made many friends for the breed. Polly also uses Lexie's sweet and gentle personality to bring comfort to sick children through the "Angel On A Leash" program at the New York - Presbyterian Children's Hospital at Columbia University.  

"Science is finally confirming what people have known intuitively for years: therapy dogs help people physically, emotionally and socially. It's known as the "therapeutic touch," the proven scientific fact that when a human pets or interacts in some other way with a dog, within minutes they get a massive release of beneficial hormones."  

 I am so proud of Polly, and everything that she has accomplished with Lexie. They have brought joy and improved healing to many, and Lexie has laid by the side of children as they died. Truly there are no words to express my appreciation for the life that Polly has given Lexie. They are a beautiful pair who give of themselves every day. I was thrilled to visit with them this weekend at the Meet the Breeds event at the Javits Center.  

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