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A Bouvier named Annie

“Come on Annie, let’s love up some seniors!” this is what I say to our Bouvier when I tie on her blue PATS handkerchief. Her stub of a tail goes around and around like a helicopter’s propeller; she knows it’s time for show-and-tell and she’s the centre of attention.

I’ve never seen Annie grin so big as she makes her rounds to meet and greet each outstretched wrinkled hand. Like a new born baby, her presence brings energy to the room. I don’t know how she does it, but Annie communicates:

  • I’m happy to see you – yes you!!
  • I have time for you and want to spend time with you.
  • Can we be friends?
  • Wow, I really like you!
  • Oh, pleassseee touch me, right there!
  • Let’s be close.

Annie’s joy in just being alive is truly infectious. She is a gentle, giving bear with lots of spirit and spunk. Like your P.A.T.S pet, her visits bring love and plenty of fun. An elderly lady summed it up best when she said, “please just leave Annie here.” ~Elaine Birch