Dori is a female Standard Poodle born on 8/9/08.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Dori’s full name is actually Uki Dori Inu which means Cheerful Street Dog in Japanese. She is also missing a canine tooth.

Do you have any canine housemates?

I have a Labradoodle sister named Sully who is four years older than me.

How did you join your family?

I was homeless and living on the streets until the dog catcher found me. I was placed on “Death Row” at the pound, but lucky for me a rescue got me out of there just in time. My mom was specifically looking for a therapy dog and the rescue said I was the perfect dog for the job.

Do you have any “jobs”? Tell us about them and what you like most about them.

Once a week I work at an autistic school helping with speech or occupational therapy. I also work in the Safe Humane Youth Leaders Program. I help the high school students teach elementary school students how to humanely treat dogs and how to be safe around dogs. My favorite part is showing off my tricks and then sniffing all the kid’s hands before they pet me.

Do you have any “hobbies”?

I like to sniff around in the flower garden until my mom tells me to “get out!”.

Do you do any tricks? What is your favorite?

I can “Say my Prayers” and go “Night Night”. I am also learning how to jump rope.

What is your favorite toy?

I like toys that squeak, but my favorite is whichever to my sister is playing with.

What is your favorite treat?

I love pork chops and strawberries.

What do you like to do when your parents aren’t home?

I’m hardly ever home alone because both my mom and my dad can take me to work.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about your work with Safe Humane Chicago or anything else?

At every Safe Humane event there is this really fun part when all the kids get to pet me. I love kids because they like to play and give me lots of treats. I wish every day was a Safe Humane day.