P.O. Box 361 - Lorton, VA 22199-0361
"Caring both for the generation that cared for us and for each other"
Paws For Love
Paws for Love was started in 1996 by Terry Patton, the daughter of a former 3rd floor resident. Terry is the owner of Felicity Dog Training School established in 1989 and located in Fairfax Station, VA. She has been a successful breeder for over 30 years.
The wonderful volunteer members of the Paws for Love group are tested and certified "Pet Partner Teams" by the Delta Society, or are in the process of becoming certified. Delta Society is an international, non-profit organization devoted to training people to use service and therapy animals. Their tough standards include baths within 24 hours of a therapy visit and a million dollars of liability insurance.
The Paws for Love group visits elder care facilities, Alzheimer's extended care facilities, hospitals and children’s cancer centers, including Ronald McDonald Houses. Here at The Fairfax, they have provided special holiday programs, as well as requested individual in-room visits. They are delighted for the coordination with and support from the Activities Department and Family Council.
The group's good works also include fundraising for the Alzheimers' Association, via annual Memory Walks. They have raised almost $20,000 since they begin their efforts. Their motto is : "Making a Difference - 4 Paws at a time"
James is the 2007 Westminster Kennel Club "Best in Show" Winner. All of the dogs are winners, but many have special certifications from the AKC (American Kennel Club) for various levels of competitive achievement.
Cookie was rescued by Cheryl. She is a 5 year old Parti-Color Cocker Spaniel. In addition to being such a wonderful asset to Paws for Love, Cheryl manages the home and care of an elderly professional couple and cares for the homeless. Jim volunteers at a free clinic and is the photographer for Paws for Love.
Wally & Tug
Gail rescued Wally who is a Basset Hound Mix and Tug who is a Beagle. Gail works at Wolf Trap and at Old Dominion Veterinary Clinic. She is a true Angel of Mercy for animals.
Arthur is an 11 year old AKC Champion Miniature Poodle. He competes in AKC Rally Trials and has his RN and RA titles. Debbie manages a busy dental practice and has trained at Felicity Dog Training School for nearly 15 years with several of her poodles. They are a certified Delta Pet Partner Team.
Tristan is a beautiful 4 yr. old AKC Champion Tri-colored liver and white tri English Springer Spaniel. Dale has long participated in the English Springer Spaniel Rescue Club of Long Island.
Dooley is a Kuvasz (Hungarian working dog) who is 4 years old. He is also the sire of the No. 1 Kuvasz in the USA! His top winning son is a multi-"Best in Show" dog. Dr. Sarah is a Psychiatrist with a practice in McLean. Dooley serves as a licensed Mental Health Assistance Dog in her practice, providing emotional support to her patients.
Clairie is a 2 year old Liver and White Tri-colored English Springer Spaniel. Janie has a Ph.D. in Education and works for County Government.
Smooch is a 9 year old AKC Champion Kuvasz with multiple Group placements to her credit. She also competes in AKC Conformation events as well as Rally Trial. She also has her AKC Rally Novice Title.
James, Elizabeth, Gizmo, & Archie
James is a 9 ˝ year old English Springer Spaniel and was the 2007 Westminster Kennel Club "Best in Show" Winner. James has his CD AKC Obedience title and RN, RA, RE and RAE AKC Rally Titles. Terry and James are a certified Delta Pet Partner Team. Their other therapy dogs include: Elizabeth (8 yrs. Springer Spaniel), Gizmo (7 mos. Long Haired Chihuahua) & Archie (2 yr. Springer Spaniel), one of James’ sons.
Champ is a 3 year old rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Joann owns her own business and is a Certified Lobbyist for women owned businesses. Champ is also a Certified Delta Pet Partner.
Henry is a 2 year old liver and white English Springer Spaniel. He competes in AKC Rally Trials and has his AKC Rally Novice title. Julia has her own business as a Public Relations Consultant.
Rally Laura is our official “Cheer Leader” for Paws for Love. Her mother, Marilyn is a very well known Labrador Retriever breeder who wrote the Labrador Retriever book by Howell publisher. Laura works for Home Instead Senior Care, coaches a Senior’s Volleyball team. She is an awesome asset to Paws for Love. Rally is the original BWHCC therapy pet and he loves learning new tricks from his canine friends.
Kumbe is a 2 year old, black and white English Springer Spaniel. He competes in AKC Conformation events and has 6 AKC Championship points to date. Rachel works for the Independent Community Bankers of America.
Tango is a 4 year old Portuguese Water Dog, like the "First Dog", Bo. Tango loves being a first class therapy dog. Lesley is a retired US Army Colonel. She is a practicing Endodontist licensed in the state of Virginia.