Meet Beaudry, canine companion at Golden Empire |

Meet Beaudry, canine companion at Golden Empire

He brings in the mail, delivers your newspaper with a smile, picks up things you’ve dropped and is available at your beck and call.

He listens attentively, never criticizes, doesn’t argue – just agrees with everything you say and do. He loves you unconditionally, even if you’re having a bad day.

As if that’s not enough, he also is very handsome. What more could you ask for in a companion?

Meet Beaudry, the Canine for Independence dog at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital in Grass Valley. Just his presence is enough to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Acquiring a service dog is a long and sometimes tedious process. It took almost two years for us to go through the application process.

Beaudry was raised by a family in Washington before being brought to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).

Six months of extensive training followed. Not all puppies bred for service have the qualities needed to complete the training. Out of the nine puppies born in Beaudry’s litter, only two were able to complete the training necessary to become a service dog.

Those that graduate from the training are exceptional for their obedience and temperament.

His trainer, Golden Empire activities director Helen Vanderhoof, spent two weeks learning his commands.

But none of that really matters to Beaudry. He just loves people.

Beaudry became a member of the Golden Empire team in 2003. He is joined by a menagerie of other critters: Buddy, Empire’s pint-sized version of Beaudry, fish, birds, two cats and an endless parade of visitors of all shapes and sizes. (Families are encouraged to bring in their pets).

Lilly and Noel are regular visitors as well. Barely tipping the scale at 5 pounds, what these two lack in size, they make up in personality.

Strutting through the door in the latest doggie fashions for the season, including faux fur-lined coats, or for spring, their Easter dresses complete with lace and frills, this pair draws attention!

Registered as therapy dogs, they are all business. Their job? Sitting on laps and giving the occasional kiss.

Empire’s residents, staff and visitors love them, recognizing the impact these animals have on residents and staff. They provide companionship and bring a sense of peace and calm to an environment that can sometimes be stressful.

Diana Dallago is admissions director at Golden Empire. Contact her at 273-1316 or

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