Syracuse Hancock International Airport is proud to partner with PAWS of CNY to offer our new Pets Easing Travelers (PET) Program!
This program brings friendly adult service dogs to our terminal to help ease travel anxiety of nervous fliers and their families. PAWS of CNY’s professional, in-service therapy dogs and their owners/handlers will be at the airport on a weekly basis. Look for the PET Program volunteer handles in their yellow shirts and the dogs in their yellow vests and bandanas. The dogs are always eager to nuzzle up to animal lovers and get their share of petting and hugs. They love children through adults and can’t wait to meet you!
Meet the Dogs!
Bert is an 8 year old lab/shepherd/? mix and has been doing therapy work for about 5 years. He was rescued from a shelter in northern Oswego County when he was 6 months old. His full name is Albert, and was named after uncles of his dad and mom. Bert has visited a variety of places, including a nursing home, Minetto Elementary School’s 1st grade reading program, Mexico Library, Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego de-stress events and a number of wellness fairs. Bert especially enjoys the college visits where he gets a lot of belly rubs. In his spare time he likes to nap, go for long walks, chase squirrels and birds, hunt for mice under the leaves, and ride in the car. Next spring he’ll be traveling to South Carolina for a week at the beach, his first extended vacation with mom and dad.
Diva is a 3-year-old purebred Rottweiler. She is a show dog that has been competing in the show ring with her pink sparkly collar and lead since she was 6 months old. This soon-to-be AKC Champion and Canine Good Citizen, it’s also a Certified Pet Therapy dog. She has been providing therapy to humans for the past two years. This little girl is no joke in the snuggle department. She is full of love and enjoys people of all ages as well as all animals. She even has a guinea pig friend named Butterscotch! She naturally gravitates towards children and doesn’t mind at all if the little ones tug on her ears or her non stop wiggling nub of a tail. Her favorite pet is a belly rub. Anyone who knows Diva will tell you that she is sure to relax you with her calming demeanor. She has the perfect equal mix of energy and patience which makes her an exceptional therapy dog as well as a true ambassador for her breed.
Flyer (full name Adirondack Princess Firefly) is a dark red, curly haired, AKC registered golden retriever. Flyer comes from a blood line of of hunting dogs. She is a 9-year-old working hunting dog who competes in local hunt tests where she retrieves ducks on land, in the water and hidden. Flyer has earned many titles in the hunting contests, along with her obedience title. She and her handler started therapy visits in 2011 as a way to help others while sharing how special Flyer is. Her first visits were at local nursing homes, then an elementary school first grade reading program, along with local college dorm visits and events. Flyer loves the attention and seems to have a way of looking into peoples eyes with such depth as to connect with them-reading their moods and needs. What better name for a dog that is going to work at an airport but “FLYER”!!