Bandit Earns Certification As
By Gerry Ashley
OCEANSIDE, CA - It's long been known that the company of a pet is, by
itself, some of the best therapy available when it comes to cheering up patients
of all ages. But there are numerous concerns regarding exposure to animals that
prevent owners from having pets available to them while in hospitals. There are
now programs, however, to certify special dogs who meet certain stringent
qualifications in order to legally visit hospitals, acting as "Ambassadors of
Good Cheer" for thousands of patients. The latest dog to be certified as such an
Ambassador? San Diego's own "Bandit The Biker Dog."
Shaffer added he's got some unique ideas he hopes to implement as part of Bandit's visits. "Bandit has his own little Harley that he rides and I'd love for him to be able to actually ride his little Harley into some of the places to visit kids if we can arrange that. I think that should bring a smile to just about anyone." Be sure to check upcoming editions of Biker Dog News for new developments regarding Bandit and his "No Child Without A Smile" project."
"Not only will Bandit be visiting children at hospitals", says
Shaffer, "Bandit is currently making weekly visits on Sunday afternoons to the
San Diego Hospice, located in Hillcrest."