Meet Jake and Lani
Jake, the Golden Retriever
My name is Jake. I am a yellow Labrador Retriever. In February, 2010,
I found myself walking down a busy highway in Granbury, Texas, with no idea where I was going or where I had been. I was picked up and taken to the Granbury Animal Shelter by a kind animal control officer. My vet said I was about four or five years old.
At that point wonderful things began to happen. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County had been looking for a “rescue” to train as a therapy dog for children. The folks at the shelter called the Center and told them about me. Drew Stallings, the Program Director came to Granbury to meet me. There was an instant connection between us. It was the happiest day of my life! I went home with Drew and now live with him and his wife, Katie, in my forever home!
Along with my new home came a very important full time job. I catch a ride with Drew every morning to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Cleburne. It is my job is to race to the lobby and greet guests when the front door bell rings. I especially love the children who visit. They are all ages and sizes from toddlers to teenagers. Sometimes they are sad and I sit beside them quietly. Other times they are happy and ready to romp and play. If the children want me to go with them to the interview room, I will go and sit on the floor at their feet. I also accompany children to Court in Johnson County. My presence helps calm them during an uncertain, sometimes scary time. I give unconditional love and support. It is the part of my job I do best.
It is also part of my job to attend important Board and Team Meetings in the Center’s conference room. I greet each attendee personally and then sit under the big table hoping for treats (don’t tell Drew). Because I can open doors at the Center all by myself, if the doorbell rings during a meeting, I can let myself out to perform my duty as official greeter and then slip back in to continue my “treat watch”.
I have also been given the responsibility of mentoring a young whippersnapper named Kalani, who is now also living with Drew and is coming to work with us too.
There are many other therapy dogs who work with children at the Center. I am always happy to see them come because there is plenty of work and fun for all of us!
Kalani (Lani), the Australian Shepherd
My name is Kalani, but you can call me Lani. My name means Heaven in Hawaiian. In 2014, I was the live auction puppy for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County’s Cowboys for Kids Gala. I was very popular at the Gala and everyone loved me.
Not long after the Gala, my life took a tragic turn when my owner passed away. The Children’s Advocacy Center was told about my situation and gave me a home. I now live with Drew Stallings, the Program Director, his wife Katie, and Jake, the old timer who is the other K-9 Advocate at the Center. I have so much fun living with Drew in my forever home!
I was given a very important job at the Center. Like Jake, I catch a ride with Drew every morning to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Cleburne. My job is to liven things up! I run to the lobby and greet guests when the front door bell rings. I especially love the children who visit. They are all ages and sizes from toddlers to teenagers. Sometimes, when they are sad, it makes them feel better to sit and rub my tummy. Other times, when they are excited, it makes them happy to play fetch with me and my toys or just go outside to run and play on the playground.
If the children want me to go with them to the interview room, I will go and sit in their lap or lay on the floor for them to pet me. My presence helps calm them during an uncertain, sometimes scary time. I give unconditional love and support. I love my job!
My job also includes helping the staff laugh and have fun, as well as, attending important Board and Team Meetings in the Center’s conference room. I make sure that everyone feels welcome by saying hi and letting them give me treats (don’t tell Drew).
Every day is an adventure here and I am excited to help Jake and the other therapy dogs make the Center a happy and safe place for the children.