Jenn and Cody
This is the story of Cody, short for CodyBear. He was born on May 4, 2013, and is now fully grown at ten pounds. Cody is a Maltese-Shih Tzu mix and was born in a litter of four pups.
When Jennifer retired and moved with her husband to Idaho in 2011, she wanted to do something meaningful that would make a difference in someone’s life, but wasn’t sure what that would be. When she was given three month old Cody from her neighbor, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.
Cody was a joy from the very beginning, and Jennifer knew she could make others happy by sharing him. He had the perfect temperament for a therapy dog. She went to the local Pet Expo event and stopped at the Helping Idaho Dogs booth where she picked up all kinds of information about therapy dogs and the Healing Paws Program. Jennifer took Cody to obedience training classes almost every week for nine months where he earned the AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine awards. He continued his training and passed the therapy dog test in September 2014. Cody is always learning and is on the Tricks Team with Helping Idaho Dogs where he sees other therapy dog teams on a regular basis.
Cody is an incredibly happy dog—he loves everyone he meets (from children to the elderly), he loves to sniff the grass (and anything else in his path), give kisses and as a bonus, he is really cute! He loves bike rides (he rides in the front basket), daily walks, and trips in the car – every day is a new adventure. He is a cuddly lap dog that loves having his belly rubbed, playing hide and seek, being petted, eating lots of treats, and following his master (Jennifer) everywhere.
Jennifer and Cody enjoy bringing joy and comfort to people’s lives, taking their mind off of daily stress and problems, even if it is for just a moment. When they hear the words “You made my day” or simply see someone smile, it makes them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
As a therapy team they have listened to children read at elementary schools and Eagle library, visited Horizon Hospice patients, Memory Care and several Assisted Living facilities. They have offered comfort at AAC Camp, Ride for Joy, and Camp Hodia. They participated in finals week at Eagle Middle School, Timberline High School, and College of Western Idaho. Helping Idaho Dogs has given Jennifer the help, support, and direction she needs to make this happen.
Congratulations to Jennifer and Cody for completing nearly 500 pet therapy visits: