Tigard's Darlin' wags her way into hall of fame
Darlin', a 13-year-old Goldendoodle from Tigard, took her healing affection into the Oregon Animal Hall of Fame last week.
Darlin' was honored by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Animal Health Foundation of Oregon for her work as a therapy dog at Portland-area hospitals. She is a companion of Chuck Lamb of Tigard.
During the March 3 annual meeting of the Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, Darlin' was inducted into the hall of fame in the professional/service category, which recognizes animals specifically trained for service or assistance. She was nominated by Dr. Jerry Cox of Canterbury Animal Hospital in Tigard and by retired veterinarian Dr. Roy Peterson.
"Darlin' is fortunate enough to be gifted with a love of all things," Chuck Lamb said. "That is what makes her so special — in wanting to love and help people any way she can."
The Oregon Animal Hall of Fame is the second longest running awards program among veterinary organizations in the country. During the past 30 years, the program has honored dogs, cats, an animal welfare group, a horse therapy group, horses and one llama.
When Chuck and Zada Lamb welcomed Darlin' into their home 13 years ago, they knew she was a special dog. Within a year, Darlin' accompanied Chuck Lamb to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Portland, because Lamb thought a dog would help the young patients focus on something other than their treatment.
Darlin' quickly became popular with the young patients. Other hospitals asked the Lambs to bring her to meet their patients.
"With Darlin' you get the love coming in all directions: patients, doctors, nurses, staff members and family alike," Chuck Lamb said. "With all that love, you can have unbeatable results."