Our first induction into the Vermont Animal Hall of Fame’s Therapy Animal Category is Schotze, an 8 year old Standard Poodle belonging to P.J. Avary of Colchester, VT. Dr. Millie Armstrong, was the nominating VVMA veterinarian.
Schotze has been described as a “gorgeous black Standard Poodle extraordinaire with impeccable manners, personality plus and a zest for life”. He is a registered therapy dog who regularly visits Star Farm Nursing Center and currently volunteers in the hospice program, providing love and attention to terminally ill individuals. Hospice work takes a very special therapy dog and Schotze fits the bill. Some residents like him to be bouncy and playful, he happily obliges. Others prefer him to sit quietly while they pet and stroke his fluffy soft fur, he willingly complies. Sometimes it is time to play, sometimes it is time to nap, Schotze always seems to handle the requirement in stride. It is common to hear “Where’s that black dog? Where is Schotze today?” whenever he enters a room. Whether you need a kiss, a confidante, or just a head in your lap, Schotze always comes through. He never fails to offer his paw in greeting or in farewell.
The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association is happy to induct Schotze into the Vermont Animal Hall of Fame in the Therapy Animal Category.