Therapy Angel

Caddis Valle de Sol Firtel

Caddis was my first therapy dog. She and I had a close bond. Every night she slept with her head on a pillow on my bed. The first thing I saw in the morning were her big beautiful eyes starring at me.

On our very first supervised visit we were visiting bedridden patients in a nursing home. Together, with my supervisor and the patient’s son, we were talking by the bedside of the patient who was sleeping. Suddenly Caddis jumped up on the patient’s bed and immediately the patient sat up quite shocked, just as the three of us were. This was a big “no no.” I got Caddis off the bed, we all relaxed, and all was fine. Through this experience I learned to always have the dog on a short leash.

While this behavior was frowned upon, it showed me a very beautiful characteristic of Caddis. She loved to be close to people, to give them love. Throughout her life she would be cuddled up next to people, patients, or her family. She gave kisses to people, and was very affectionate.

Therapy dog visits were her calling in life.

She and I had a close bond. Every night she slept with her head on a pillow on my bed. The first thing I saw in the morning were her big beautiful eyes staring at me. In the summers we would go to the mountains where we’d hike for miles and she would swim in the lakes and streams. The summer of her cancer treatment I went to the same mountains for three days. While I was there I went to an outdoor art show. One of the artists had displayed a necklace with a round pendent. It was etched with a stream, surrounded by trees, and a bright stone symbolizing the sun. I bought it immediately and I wear it daily, in loving memory of my beloved Caddis.

Caddis and her handler Judy were certified with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Caddis worked for six years in San Diego, California before crossing the Rainbow Bridge on October 18, 2014.

RIP sweet therapy angel Caddis