Hero Dog Awards - Sophia


Richland, Missouri

Sophia was adopted from the Loving Paws Adoption Center, Crocker, MO, on 26 Oct 2018, thanks to the volunteer work of Billie Jean. Sophia is now a 7-year old therapy dog with a tremendous gift for people. Sophia received excellent training with Mike at the K-9 Academy in Rolla, MO., where she completed Obedience I, II, and CGC. Sophia tested as a therapy dog with Susan A. (Red Cross Therapy Dogs) and Susan H. (MO Patriot Paws/service dogs for veterans). Sophia certified as a therapy dog on 2 Aug 2019, through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

In the past year, Sophia visited thousands of students at her local Middle School giving each student her loving attention. Sophia completed her Therapy Dog Advanced Title (100 visits) after volunteering at Parkside Assisted Living Facility, the MO Veterans Home, St. James MO, and Silverstone Hospice Center on 3 June 2021. After completing her THDA title, and in spite of the Pandemic, Sophia remained very busy, brightening the lives of residents of Parkside Assisted Living Facility and Parkside Arbors (Memory Care Facility). Her gentle, compassionate nature is a blessing to the residents of these facilities. She completed her Therapy Dog Excellent Title (200 visits) on 14 February 2022. Sophia is a hero dog to all who know her.