Our dear, faithful dog-friend, Caper, died October 2, 2009. We miss her so much already. She was so cherished by all those fortunate enough to have petted her. Thank you, Missy and Todge, for sharing Caper with us.
Keiko (Julie Tahapary)
She taught us to see the world through her eyes and live purely in the moment.
Moli (Kathy Lam)
The world lost some of its brightness when Moli, a devoted San Diego Love on a Leash therapy dog, passed away on October 7, 2008. Diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer a few months earlier, she was valiant to the end, even visiting the San Diego Hospice and National City Library three days before the cancer took her life.
Certified as a pet therapy team in 2003 with her handler, Kathy Lam, Moli loved all those she visited, from children to the elderly to the dying. She listened attentively as the children read to her at the Rancho Penasquitos and National City libraries. She also developed a special love for the staff and patients at the San Diego Hospice, running down the halls at breakneck speed to start her visits. She related well to patients especially well after being diagnosed with her disease, lying next to them on their bed, comforting her beloved friends and their families.
In addition to being the first therapy dog at the National City and Rancho Penasquitos libraries, Moli was the first pet therapist at the Granite Hills Convalescent Home in El Cajon and the Arbors Assisted Living Residence in Rancho Penasquitos. She loved to dress up in her holiday finest and participate in the annual Christmas caroling program at the Arbors, where it was first entitled "Caroling with Moli and Her Friends."
In 2008, she received her specialty certifications for her work at the Hospice, with Alzheimer's patients, and with the elderly. Three weeks before her passing, she and Kathy received the Attorney General's Citizenship Award for their compassionate visits in the community.
Moli will not only be missed by Kathy, but by her friends and those she visited. She truly belonged to everyone.
We look forward to seeing Moli at the RainbowBridge where she no longer suffers the pain of her disease.
Sally passed away on July 3rd, 2008. Sally joined LOAL in August 2005, her owner Amy learned about LOAL from an after school club meeting while in 5th grade, and knew her dog would be perfect for the job. So over that summer Amy went through all the training and completed her certification when she was only 11 years old. To be a part of LOAL Amy needed to be a driver so her mom, Yvonne, went through training and became a member as well. They became the leaders at Aagis in Escondido, and every Monday visited Arbors. Sally loved to see her special friends and her best friend Moli, she knew her way around the building and gladly would except the ice cream there. She loved showing her tricks to everyone and then getting her favorite treat, See’s Butterscotch Lollipops, Moli and Sally will always be best of friends.