This year I am "dashing for dollars" in honor of OHS alumni Bark Vader, my canine work partner and bff! Vader arrived at OHS from another shelter, in desperate need of quality medical care. Both of his front legs had been broken, but he had not received medical care and one leg was already healing crooked. After surgery to try and fix his legs, Vader came to our home as a foster. We knew immediately that he was a special dog. Despite his rough start in life, Vader loves people-especially kids. It didn’t take long at all to see that he would be a natural to come with me to visit classrooms. He is a total gentledog when we visit, and my best friend and snuggle-buddy at home! Because of COVID, we have not been out in schools this last year, and both Vader and I miss seeing the students. I know I speak for both of us when I say that we can’t wait to be able to visit in person again! Vader is a great example of the wonderful work that OHS does. They first helped him medically, then found him his forever home, and finally, through their Animal Assisted Therapy program, he was able to get registered to go out and visit with me at schools. So please, in honor of my amazing canine work partner, make a donation so that Vader and I can continue to share the great work of OHS in classrooms around Portland.