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Replacements, Ltd.
Featured Pet - September 2003

Koko & KarenAt Replacements, Ltd., all of our pet family is special, but this month's featured pet, "Koko", is of special importance to his owner, Karen Breniser. This is because Koko is used as a therapy dog! For several years, Karen has worked as a researcher in our Curating Department. A while back, a member of Karen’s family became ill and Karen decided the best thing to do would be to find a pet to play furry nurse around the house. After visiting several pet stores in the Greensboro area, Karen stumbled upon Koko, a Lhasa Apso who was born on July 11, 2002. Koko was born in Kansas and was flown to Greensboro. After several playful minutes and a check on Koko’s history, Karen decided Koko would be the perfect pet to play puppy paramedic.

As a therapy dog, Koko regularly travels with Karen and her family. This past winter, the lovable puppy accompanied Karen to Pittsburgh. In the middle of their visit, they were snowed in at the hotel. After completing his nursing duties, Koko climbed on to the window heater to watch passers-by battle the snow and ice. Recently, Koko and his family visited Jacksonville, Florida. Karen advised that Koko wasn’t too fond of the heat and humidity and soon found that his favorite place in the hotel was on top of the air conditioner, watching passers-by.

Karen has found Koko to be a wonderful companion in sickness and in health. She recently told me, “Koko has been around to give me much needed comfort and joy. When my husband and I feel stressed, uncertain of our surroundings, and are emotionally and physically drained, Koko is around to remind us of how beautiful and wonderful life is!”

Despite his busy schedule, Koko often finds himself at Replacements, Ltd. He has made a number of friends throughout the building, including a showroom puppy named “McKenzie.” Karen says that Koko’s visiting McKenzie has become a regular Saturday morning ritual. Regarding all of Koko’s experiences, Karen advised, “I don’t think Koko is in Kansas anymore!”

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