KVMA Animal Hall of Fame
Please join us in congratulating Gage for his recent induction into the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Hall of Fame. He was honored this past weekend at the 104th Annual KVMA meeting in Louisville. Veterinarians across the state submitted their patients that exhibited an act of bravery, performed a service to an individual or community, or exemplified the affection, loyalty, and value of the human-animal bond. The committee selected Gage based on his service to his owner Tammy Harrod. He was trained by Canine Companions for Independence before being placed with Tammy. Gage already knew 40-45 basic commands and has added several advanced commands. The first time that we saw him hop up and activate the automatic door opener, we knew that he was a special animal.
Tammy explained, “Gage goes everywhere with me and has changed my life. He helps me every day with important task. He picks up my keys, phone, credit card, purse, anything I drop and retrieves items and brings my walker/rollator to me so that I can transition from the couch to my power chair. He eagerly retrieves a bottle of water out of the refrigerator and opens and closes doors. He pushes buttons for automatic doors, carries items, turns lights on and off, takes my socks and jacket off, helps with laundry by taking clothes out of the dryer and pulling the laundry basket. At the grocery store he assists with money transactions by passing my payment to the cashier and patiently returns my debit card to me!”
Dr. Kennedy and her staff are proud to be Gage’s medical team and are so happy that he won this prestigious award!