RINGO doing what he does best: layin' the lovin' on owner/handler, GINA GAREL.
The Call to work with the elderly can start at an early age. So it was for Gina Garel, who also connected deeply with dogs. When Gina decided to take the leap of faith and become a dog owner, she knew her life would change forever – but she was about to learn how much love and joy a dog could bring to her already fulfilled life. And then she met Ringo. Love at first sight.
As it turned out, Ringo, a Shih Poo with a kind and gentle disposition, also had a soft spot for seniors (and babies). Gina quickly realized that Ringo was special and they were made to volunteer together. After all, if he’d brought so much joy to Gina’s life, she knew it would be important to share him with other people and put his snuggling skills to work. They became a certified dog therapy team with Therapeutic Paws of Canada and began volunteering at Belmont House, a residence for seniors in Toronto, Ontario, where from their first extraordinary visit, Ringo has brought so many smiles to so many faces.
Gina says, “I can't imagine life without a dog or volunteering. I am grateful for the opportunity that my little Ringo has brought to my life.” And clearly, to so many other lives, as well.