Maryna Prokopenko and Metis Nika
Nika is a unique dog. She used to live on the street, but Maryna’s love and handler skills have made her a very good therapist. Nika also works as a service dog for a veteran very close to Maryna. It’s not typical for one dog to be both a service dog and a therapy dog, but that’s what a really extraordinary dog can do! Additionally, Nika does search and rescue work as well.
She is a very calm and balanced dog. She always knows what her “patients” expect her to do and she likes to spend time with them.
ID № HCTD001. Date: August 2015.
Kalyna Kardash and Golden Retriever Kora
Hero’s Companion founder and Director Kalyna adopted Kora from a shelter in Canada. Kora is a very special dog – not only does she often travel from Canada to work as a therapy dog in Ukraine, she is also training to be a service dog!
Kora loves visiting different centres and working with a variety of different people. She makes sure to make everyone feel special, especially if they give her a lot of attention or treats! Kora’s signature “smile” and warm personality always leaves people asking when she will be back again!
ID № HCTD002. Date: February 2016.
Iryna Perova and Labrador Retriever Michelle
Michelle’s family calls her Myshka (“mouse”) at home. She likes to meet new people and enjoys interacting with them.
She was really incredible with her willpower during the testing. She is very gentle and attentive to her “patients”.
ID № HCTD003. Date: February 2016.
Valentyna Rezanova and Border Collie Runa
Everyone knows that Border Collies are very active and talented dogs. Runa’s qualities combine natural activity, obedience, and harmony. It makes her a great buddy for walks and activities. But it also makes her a reliable, calm companion who is happy just to be next to you. Runa is a dog that was rescued from the ATO zone.
ID № HCTD004. Date: February 2016.
Yuliya Martynchuk and Golden Retriever Assol’
Assol’ is calm and friendly. Every time you see this fluffy girl you want to touch and pet her.
She likes to follow commands. Her favorite one is the one which is called “bunny” (when she goes up on her hind legs and lifts her front paws to look like a bunny).
ID № HCTD005. Date: April 2016.
Nataliya Chuprun and Golden Retriever Riki
Riki has all the best features such as happiness, sensitivity, good behavior, and gentleness. He loves his therapist work on an instinctive level. His individual approach to each “patient” makes him distinguished. He has an innate sense of tact: he comes to one person and shows his readiness to be petted; he brings a toy to another person to play with them; but he can also lie down near someone and wait (often near small children).
ID № HCTD006. Date: May 2016.
Zhanna Rybachuk and Labrador Retriever Santa
Santa has suffered a lot in her life. She used to be a street dog, but despite her difficult past she wants to give her love to those who are near her. This girl has been rescued by the staff and students of the Agro-Economical University in Zhytomyr. By the time Santa was being tested by a Hero’s Companion instructor, she had spent less than two months with her new handler! Love and care can do amazing things! Santa did well and passed the test.
ID № HCTD007. Date: May 2016.
Olga Bibikova and Golden Retriever Nessi
Nessi is cheerful and funny. Her “patients” always like to play with her, throwing her sticks and toys. But at the same time, she can be by your side and support you if that’s what’s needed.
ID № HCTD008. Date: May 2016.
Ksenya Khidik and German Boxer Elya
Elya is a dog of one of our service dog trainers (the one who trains the service dog in training Chief). This amazing dog is very calm and tranquil. She and her handler have a lot of experience visiting children with disabilities. She definitely possesses all of the characteristics of a reliable therapist!
ID № HCTD009. Date: September 2016.
Yuliya Turenko and Labrador Retriever Nafanya
ID № HCTD010. Date: September 2016.
Tetyana Bibikova and Golden Retriever Nessi
And we meet Nessi again! A dog has to pass the test one more time with another person if he/she is going to work with a different handler. Nessi and handler Tetyana have a special touch when it comes to working with special needs children, and their calm and warm manners are welcome by all!
ID № HCTD011. Date: September 2016.
Svitlana Havva and Golden Retriever Mishka
Mishka is kind, gentle, and calm. She really enjoys playing with children and generally likes spending time with people. That’s why this “therapy work” is suitable for her very much.
ID № HCTD012. Date: October 2016.
Natalya Flint and Labrador Retriever Mira
Mira is calm, gentle and a little bit of a playful girl. All these features make her a reliable companion for either calm or more active “patients”. Mira adores when people pet her, especially behind her ears. When she’s not working as a therapist she spends time at home and walks outside with children who live nearby. She has one special friend among them – a special needs child. That’s how her handler first understood that Mira is a very attentive therapist.
ID № HCTD014. Date: November 2016.