Wally The Touch Therapy Dog Named “Hero Pet” in Purina GOOD’s Hero Pets to the Rescue Challenge
December 19, 2013 • Rescue
Purina One shared this news with us! Congratulations Kathy Howard and Wally! They won coupons for a year’s supply of Purina ONE dog food, and a donation of $5,000 will be made to Support Dogs, Inc.
This fall, Purina One put out a call to pet owners in the GOOD Community to share an inspiring photo and story about how their pet has helped someone in need, through our Hero Pets GOOD Maker challenge. They received hundreds of submissions from across the U.S. with inspiring photos, videos and stories that celebrate the amazing impact that pets can have in our lives. The community voted on 15 finalists, and now they are excited to officially announce the winner as Kathy Howard and her retriever, Wally.
“Wally is a Touch Therapy Dog and visits at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where he is a hero every week in the Oncology Unit. Chemotherapy is scary for everyone but when you are 3 (or 7 or 12) years old, all of it can be terrifying. Wally regularly comes to the rescue! With his calm demeanor and his gentle ways, he offers comfort and normalcy in a situation that is anything but normal. He is a wonderful distraction to the world of needles, dressings, procedures and other very unpleasant happenings!”