This month we are shining the spotlight on another training success story from our clients, Gioia and Eric! We never tire of helping transform dogs into fully integrated members of our community’s families. We find it eternally fascinating how different canine siblings display diverse personalities, and sometimes, levels of mischief!
Gioia Cohen and her husband, Eric, first met in Alabama working in the health industry, and have been serving the Verde Valley community for over 12 years through Gioia’s nursing and music and Eric’s work as an Interventional Cardiologist. Growing up, they have both always had dogs and occasionally cats. “We were youngest children in our families, so our dogs were our best friends as long as we can remember!” Gioia shared.
Currently, they live with their children and two dogs, 7-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog Lizzie, and 3-year-old White Golden Retriever, Lucca. “Lizzie thinks she is a lap dog, although she weighs almost 70 pounds. When we first got her, I did not want her on the furniture, so I searched for the perfect bed to fit both of us, so that I sit with her.” When they found Lucca, whose mother’s name also happened to be Gioia, they knew they had to have him. “I mean, how can we not have a puppy from another Gioia!” she laughed.
“Our animals provide love, companionship, and warmth unimaginable, they make us laugh and feel loved every single day.”
Gioia and Eric can often be found cuddling with their furry loved ones, and when family relax-time is over, their children love to take them on hikes and take advantage of Lucca’s retriever instincts through daily ball throwing. “Our animals provide love, companionship, and warmth unimaginable,” said Gioia, “they make us laugh and feel loved every single day.”
The Cohen family have been Hillside clients for 2 years now, and we have been thrilled to get to know their two and four-legged family. “While boarding and grooming with Hillside has made our life easier, it is the training that has been the most valuable.” Early on, Lucca, the younger of the two dogs, was described as a gentle but rambunctious fellow. Although easily potty trained and taught to be mannerly with his food, Gioia struggled with his behavior around other people. His older sister, Lizzie, was more behaved, but really knew how to push her little brother’s buttons and exerted her influence to help him misbehave. “We solicited the help of Shawn in training Lucca in hopes that better manners would help neutralize the encouraged problem between the two. After a few week stay at their in-kennel bootcamp program, not only did he come home a gentleman, he was also healthy and happy!” The family was delighted at this transformation and it was apparent to them, during a customary follow up session before returning home, that a bond has developed between trainer and dog. “It was obvious that Lucca loved Shawn, and that Shawn cared about Lucca, too. I think that was the key in the success of his training.”
"...not only did he come home a gentleman, he was also healthy and happy!"
The Cohen family love the rural setting of the Hillside facilities. When asked how they would describe their visits they shared, “It feels like a happy place for your animals the minute you drive up. The thing we like best, though, is the care that the entire staff displays for our dogs. Jennifer and Shawn have a great team and the dogs are always so excited when we arrive there. That makes it so easy for us to take them no matter what service we are using, and isn’t that what all pet parents want?”
Thank you so much to the Cohens for letting us peek into the life of your beautiful family and for sharing your Hillside experience with us. We always love to see Lizzie and Lucca’s happy faces pull up to the front office and look forward to many happy years of service to you!
Jennifer and Shawn have a great team and the dogs are always so excited when we arrive there. That makes it so easy for us to take them no matter what service we are using, and isn’t that what all pet parents want?”