This past weekend I visited Bob’s House for Dogs in Eau Claire, WI… dedicated to the memory of Bob, a special pet that the family lost. Most of us have lost a beloved pet and we all seek comfort dealing with that loss. Some of us plant a tree, some bury our pet in our yard with a special marker, some have their pet’s remains with them always and others chose to do nothing, as the pain is unbearable.
Bob’s House is designed as a home for senior dogs that for whatever reasons, their owners are unable to care for them anymore. They cater to larger dogs such as German Shepherds and Labs. Inside there are couches and chairs for the dogs as well as music and a TV. Outside there is an enclosed area for them play and run.
Visiting Bob’s House was an incredible experience! We pulled up to a house complete with outside plants and a couple of chairs out front. The owner, Amy, and a lot of welcoming barking greeted us. The first thing I noticed was a picture of Bob, the pet they had lost a few years ago. We walked down the hallway and there were four Labs, tails wagging and eager to greet us. As Amy opened the gate, the Labs kissed us… all eager for our attention. In exchange for kisses, we tweaked their ears and did belly rubs.
We walked outside again and met Amy’s husband, Travis. He asked if we wanted to meet the rest of the dogs. We said of course and were greeted with more dogs just as eager for our attention. Bob’s House is separate from the owner’s home but is located on the same property.
The owners work closely with different county shelters with the housing as well as the adoption placement of the dogs. Amy informed us that they had adopted three in the past few days but took in two more yesterday. They are licensed to house 12 dogs and currently have 11. Most of the dogs are seniors but they just took in one that is also deaf. You could feel the love and pride the owners have for each of these dogs.
As the owners wanted to be involved in the community, they also make visits with the dogs to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Oftentimes, children who are volunteers accompany them with these visits.
My daughter and grandson, Cody, are volunteers at Bob’s House. They help with the cleaning, walking the dogs and just playing with them. I am hoping to help there the next time we go to Eau Claire and will share my experiences.
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