Oliver and Teddy are Bichon Frises. Once unkempt little street urchins abandoned by their separate owners, they happened into Suzanne’s life at different times. Oliver wandered through the desert to her house after being attacked by two large dogs; Teddy and his two sisters were strays; shaved and wearing little scarves, they were running in the streets scared and alone until Suzanne rescued them all. She found homes for the two little girls and has provided a loving and healthy forever home for their brother, renamed Teddy Lambchop. Teddy and Oliver soon became best buddies. Teddy acts like he thinks Oliver is royalty and literally bows to him. Now living in Victorville, California (in the Mojave Desert), they are not only pampered and adored, but they are able to “pay it forward” by bringing joy and comfort to the lives of others.
Teddy and Oliver with Lomitas
classroom teacher Mrs. Savedra & Suzanne
It’s been said that bichon frise, in French, means “curly white lap dog.” Some people say these adorable pups look like live stuffed toys. They are not toys, of course, but having been bred to be companion dogs, they are typically sensitive and playful and tend to get along very well with children and other animals.
Teddy, ready for the next child.
Oliver and Teddy have completed basic obedience training and earned their AKC Canine Good Citizen awards. Oliver also has had long line training, meaning basic obedience at a distance, and he has an AKC Indefinite Life Privilege permitting competition in all AKC events except conformation. Both dogs are members of Therapy Dogs, Inc.; Reading Education Assistance Dogs; P.J.’s Pals; and Earth Angel Therapy Dogs, through Mojave Greens K-9 Training Club.
Teddy with his sister Gertie (also a registered
Rock Spring Retirement Facility
Suzanne says Oliver and Teddy are the first therapy dogs she’s had and they have been a life-changing experience for her, in the best way possible. She is very proud of them.
Oliver & Teddy at the right
with friends Bobby & Austin, are ready for a Halloween parade
Both dogs, along with Suzanne, visit schools, libraries, and retirement homes on a regular basis. On holidays they make special visits wearing costumes, singing carols, and showing off their training.
An armful of fun...life is good!
A busy family, Suzanne and her pals do a lot of volunteer work in their community. But relaxing with friends is just as important, as shown in one of Suzanne's favorite photos. Here are Oliver, Teddy, and baby Bobby, a most cuddly threesome.