Meet the Pets

Auchi a golden retriever shaking hands with a human​Auchi

  • Full Name: Auchi Winchester
  • Species: Canine
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Birthdate: December 12, 2011
  • Weight: 85 pounds
  • Owner/Handler: Dan Winchester

Hobbies: Auchi enjoys chasing balls, being petted, hugged and scratched! He also loves to please his handler. Dan likes traveling, scuba diving and participating in photography!

Training: I became a part of the Winchester family in February of 2012. I’ve successfully completed puppy and young dog training through PetSmart and I’ve proved myself to be attentive and caring. Since then, I’ve completed various training sessions at PetSmart and enjoy coming to Sierra View Medical Center to cheer up patients!

Experience: Sierra View isn’t the only place Dan and I visit, we go to rest homes, rehab centers, disadvantaged shelters, Porterville Adult Day Services and Valley Adult Day Services, churches, parades, 5K walks and even stores.

Socially: Dan likes to compare me to Will Rogers because he says I’ve never met a person I don’t like.

Gloria, a stunning greyhound with a brindle coat ​Gloria

  • Full Name: Gloria Estefan
  • Species: Canine
  • Breed: Greyhound
  • Birthdate: July 8, 2012
  • Weight: 52 pounds
  • Owner/Handler: Carole Trask Perez

Hobbies: I'm a busy, go-getter who lives for ear scratches & belly rubs. I get so excited for walks and visiting my people, I can crow-hop like a wild mustang. My best feature is my big brown eyes and sweet pointy nose that I use for extra scratches or extracting additional treats. My best hobby is snoozing after doing zoomies in our backyard with my sister, Maddy. I sleep with one eye open as I never know when I might be needed for a fast delivery.

Training: I was born and raised on a puppy farm for racing greyhounds, then raced for three years on National Greyhound Association sanctioned A & B tracks. GreySave Greyhound Adoption support group transported me from the Aqua Caliente track so I could retire to a warm home with a soft couch of my own. Mom & I took lessons so I could learn to sit, stay & down, which helped us qualify as a Pet Therapy Team for Paws4Healing/PetPartners .

Experience: Now that I'm a retired racer, I'm starting my second career visiting hospitals, nursing homes, adult day care and facilities for mental disabilities, as well as giving demos for interested groups.

Socially: Mom and I were certified as a Pet Therapy Team with PetPartners and Paws4Healing in October 2017 and we've enjoyed visiting Sierra View Medical Center, Sierra Rehab, Sheltered Workshop, and P.A.D.S. I make new friends wherever Mom takes me and we have fun making new memories.