Miss Choppy is the last of the original three Golden Horde Therapy Dogs. She served a total of seven years as a Red Cross volunteer, four years in Missouri and Arkansas, and three years while she lived in Minnesota.
A prankster, she relished the attention when the vest came on to go to work. It was one of the few times she agreed to show off what few tricks she knew. Miss Choppy gave the Red Cross tremendous service in multiple states, particularly with our Service to the Armed Forces initiatives. She made goodwill visits to veterans’ homes, stand downs, resource events, resilience education, blood drives, and was lead dog in helping to regenerate the Missouri-Arkansas Region’s Animal Visitation Program. Patients and staff loved her hospital work, too, especially in the cancer treatment center and emergency room. She was one of the inaugural dogs in the establishment of the therapy dog program at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Miss Choppy had a special bond with kids, the younger the better. Trips to schools, pediatric dentists, and the Ronald McDonald House were her favorites. To say she interacted with thousands of people is not an exaggeration.