It was St. Paddy's Day at the Glendale Assistance League's monthly luncheon. At $2 per person, the league's Senior Neighborhood Fellowship luncheons are the best bargain in town. Wednesday's (March 14) lunch was no exception. Chairwoman Mary Margaret Smith welcomed about 100 seniors to the league's clubhouse on Harvard. “We're all Irish today,” Smith said. “Even the dogs.”
Today's program was a favorite — therapy dogs and how they interact with humans.
New league member Karen Saunders introduced the handlers and their dogs as each was paraded out, worthy of the fanciest of dog shows. Saunders' dog was Quatsch, a 4-year-old female Doberman. Liza, a 6-year-old male French sheep dog, was handled by Jerry Werk. Piper, a 5-year-old female Australian shepherd, was supervised by Burbank resident Janet Snyder. Last came Munaqua, a 12-year-old female mixed terrier. She had two handlers, Glendale resident Bobette Tomasoff and Daphne Bell. All the dogs live in their handlers' homes and are personal pets.