Forrest was rescued along with his sister Jenny from a shelter in Oklahoma City, OK. After several months of research and the direction of a few seasoned dog people, we realized that we had adopted Anatolian Shepherds. As the pups grew, it was obvious that Forrest had the laid back personality and calm demeanor that was befitting a therapy dog, although he was a bit shy.
Forrest and Amanda have been a working therapy dog team since November 2009. Now at 2 1/2 years of age and about 100 pounds, with a strong but gentle face, Forrest causes heads to turn wherever we go. As we have been visiting with patients at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio, and with soldiers and their families at Yellow Ribbon events, he has gotten over his shyness and is starting to figure out that all of the smiles and eager touches are a good thing. People often ask about his breed and I tell them it originated in the country of Turkey. So, in response to that, one day a patient affectionately gave him the new nickname of "Turkey."
Forrest Gump always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get." But one thing is for sure, this Forrest has a bright future ahead as a working therapy dog with Paws 4 Hearts.
Amanda and Forrest are currently visiting at Westover Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio (RIOSA), Morgan's Wonderland, and various military events. Forrest is also working towards his AKC Therapy Dog title.
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