Who doesn’t love an adorable story about golden retriever? According to The Boca Tribune, a familiar fluffy face has been greeting students and patients all over Palm Beach County. Meet Kol the Therapy Dog, an 8-year-old pure breed Golden Retriever providing comfort for locals in hospitals, schools, and hospices.
“He becomes very tired after visiting colleges” says Kol’s owner Jane Eisenberg. “The colleges always have stressed students and Kol can feel that, so when he comes home, he lies down and falls asleep.”
Kol became a therapy dog when Eisenberg noticed how great of a temperament he had.
“I also wanted to give back to the community after my parents passed away.”
Also according to the Boca Tribune, when asked what was her favorite thing about making him a therapy dog, she said, “I love watching him in action. He’s really intuitive. When people are upset, he knows. When people are stressed, he knows. When people are sad, he knows. In each situation, he is a different dog depending on the environment.”
One thing is certain, people love to pet him, especially since Kol has beautiful soft hair. “I wash him once a week,” says Eisenberg. “I have to make sure he is clean for every visit.”
According to The Boca Tribune, before Kol was traveling around as therapy dog for 5-years, he was awarded Grand Champion Bronze at 14-months, a high honor bestowed to a breed. Kol is a decorated canine with titles such as obedience, therapy, and hunter. Kol still continues to compete and is a semi-retired show dog.
“He will be competing in Best to Breed in the Veterans subcategory,” said Eisenberg. “All golden retrievers are entered and he will be shown by a handler. It is very competitive.”
When Kol is not competing, he very much enjoys working with disabled children and local shelters. Kol and his owner have shown no indication of slowing down.
“It’s been so fulfilling for me. I enjoy seeing him helping others. I love seeing the faces light up and the stress release. Gives me that warm fuzzy feeling.”