Traveling can be a bit more stressful nowadays because of the anxiety that passengers feel because of the pandemic. That was why the Columbus International Airport decided to employ adorable therapy dogs to help comfort them through this tough time. They named the team of ten certified therapy dogs Paw Force One and the team has been a hit since day one.

One of the ten certified therapy dogs employed by the airport authority was a stocky white terrier mix named Kali. With her cute face, perky ears, slowly wagging tail, and paw print bandanna she wore around her neck, it was easy to love her. Even more so, Kali’s presence also offered people a chance to connect with each other which definitely added to a more cheerful environment in the waiting area of the airport.

Kali is already five years old and she spent her first two years of life in a rural shelter before her now mom and handler Debby Drake adopted her. She then started her therapy dog training through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. And then after that, Kali also completed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen training course.

After getting certified, Kali and Debby volunteered at different assignments including a hospital and school where Kali helped calm the anxieties of patients and students. And now, she definitely looks forward to her two-hour, bimonthly shifts at the Columbus International Airport.

As Debby described it, being part of the Paw Force One is Kali’s thing and she would get so excited that her tail would bang against the car door whenever they’re driving to the airport. She loves meeting strangers, licking them, and of course, getting pets and so much love from them as well. She is definitely meant for the job.

Source: Columbus Monthly

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Chloe Roper
As a little girl living in the country side without many neighbors, my dog Sostee became my best friend. We shared an immense bond and I fell in love with these loving, beautiful and wonderful creatures. I knew from a tender age that I wanted to work with animals. I worked at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana for a few years, and have experience with a variety of dogs and cats. When I’m not working as semi-retired Assistant Administrator in a Home Health Care Agency in Merrillville Indiana, I am a grandma frolicking with my active grandchildren and my sweet dog, Kresi.

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