My name is Chandra Laird, founder of Canine Companion Visitation LLC (CCV). CCV was created to provide an opportunity for seniors to have a one on one…Learn more
I grew up in Salem, OR then attended college at Oregon State University where I received a bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology. After coll…Learn more
Canine Companion Visitation LLC (CCV) currently serves the Portland metropolitan area which includes: Beaverton, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Oregon City, Sherwood..…Learn more
Pricing for areas including: Beaverton, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Aloha, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, North Plains & SW Portland (West of the Vis…Learn more
It’s Wednesday. A woman and a small dog walk through the front door of a dementia care community and greet the staff members clustered around the …Learn more
I know firsthand the benefit of animal and human companionship as individuals transition into later stages of life. It is from my personal and profess…Learn more
I first met SoBrina when she was just a little tyke, running around the legs of her people parents. I used to stop by to visit and take her “out” during lunch and each time she greeted me with a tail that almost wagged her body off (she was that happy to see me, I’m sure!) and we had a chance to play and get acquainted. That was a few years ago.
Two years ago I had a stroke and couldn’t get out as often as I would have liked so young Miss SoBrina’s people mom brought her over to visit. She is the most calming presence I’ve ever known. As I sit and visit with her ‘mom’ Chandra, little SoBrina just lays her chin and paws across my lap the whole time. I can tell she is wishing me “to be better, and everything will be OK.” It is a great feeling to be loved by a dog that I have also loved a lot through the years.
Richard W. – Client
Canine Companion Visitation comes into my facility and our community absolutely loves the time that we get to spend with SoBrina. There is something so calming about having a canine companion and watching the elderly engage, it is truly heartwarming. We plan on continuing this program in our community for years to come.
Tabitha M. – Activity Director
I have had the pleasure of working with Chandra and SoBrina as the Activity Director at Rosewood Park Retirement & Assisted Living. SoBrina is always eager to visit with residents offering them unconditional love, lifting their spirits. SoBrina being a pet therapy canine has been amazing, dependable and loving; providing an extra dimension of happiness to residents here at Rosewood Park. Thank you Chandra for bringing SoBrina and making her an integral part of our community!
Christina W.- Activity Director
Thank you again for all that you do for our residents. The work you and SoBrina do is so important, especially for those who are bed bound. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for your profession or the happiness you and SoBrina bring to our residents. I want to thank you for being there for our residents at their times of need. I look forward to continuing to work with you and SoBrina to bring more happiness for our residents.
Elizabeth X.- Activity Director
Chandra and SoBrina are eagerly awaited in our facility. SoBrina is such a beautiful dog – they should make that cross-breed on purpose. She is very kind and gentle, the residents love a quiet visit from her. Chandra is consistent and reliable, unassuming, and willing to help out with whatever documentation I need. She is very independent – I can give her a list of names and room numbers, and she and SoBrina just go and make their visits, and return the list to me with documentation. Residents, visitors and family members ask when they will be back!
It’s so wonderful to have a consistent dog visitor that I can rely on to provide therapy for our residents. One resident in particular was not speaking pleasantly to any staff or even her family, but when SoBrina came calling she spoke gently and kindly to both SoBrina and Chandra. What a difference a dog can make!
Amanda P. – Activity Director
Here at Brookdale Forest Grove we are so grateful for the time that SoBrina and Chandra take to come and visit with our residents. The residents look forward to each month’s visit. I even have residents that do not come out for any activities that will come out to visit with SoBrina. We are so grateful for this wonderful service. Thank you for helping us enrich our resident’s lives.
Julie C. – Activity Director
My residents look forward to our monthly visits from Canine Companion Visitation. Chandra and SoBrina are here no matter the weather to help brighten my resident’s lives and spirits and I appreciate them so very much. My residents adore Chandra and can’t get enough of super sweet SoBrina! If I could have them here all the time I would.
Danielle G. – Activity Director
Chandra and SoBrina have been making private visits to my friend Mollie who has memory loss and dementia, sadly. Mollie has always loved animals and especially dogs, so it is so good for Mollie to have the opportunity to continue to live her life with a special connection to a special dog. Chandra is caring and attentive. I am so grateful for Chandra’s services and SoBrina’s wonderful nature, as their visits are a joyful gift to Mollie’s life!
Jane B. – Friend of Client
Today was the first time that I had the opportunity to see your work. You do such a wonderful job with our residents. Your presence coupled with your gift of bringing a wonderful animal is making such a difference in our residents’ lives. Thank you!
Lisa P. – Activity Director
Chandra and SoBrina have been coming to our care facility providing community visits, as well as one-on-one visits with residents. I cannot put a value on what their visits bring to our residents, as I watch them interact with residents that I had never heard speak a word, or shown any interest in much at all. As I walk down the halls of our facility, residents will stop me and ask when their next visit with SoBrina is. She brings so much joy to their lives, especially since many of our residents are not able to leave the facility and do not have visitors. Pet therapy is at the top of my list for enhancing someone’s life who faces medical challenges or just needs the touch from a furry friend.
Julie O. – Marketing Director
After a series of strokes, my mother had to give up her beloved pets. Visits from SoBrina have given my mom something to look forward to, helping satisfy her desire to hold a gentle loving animal again. Chandra’s little friend has brought a bit of sunshine into my mother’s life.
Paul S. – Son of Client
SoBrina brings so much joy to our seniors. SoBrina is always very calming and loving. It’s a fantastic and worthwhile experience that we look forward to each month.
Rachel S. – Activity Director
I highly recommend the services of Chandra and SoBrina. I have recently moved my 86 year old Aunt (with severe dementia) into a top notch assisted living facility where her basic needs for safety and food are being met. There are activities but the favorite, by far, is the scheduled time when SoBrina and Chandra offer their love and companionship to my Aunt. This service was given as a gift and it is truly a gift in so many ways. I do not live nearby and I greatly appreciate the detailed reports and updates that Chandra sends as these reports provide me with consistent and useful information regarding the status of my Aunt’s well-being. The quiet, unconditional love of a dog is such a respite for a person struggling with dementia, working to maintain their words and their dignity. My Aunt thanks you and I thank you!
Connie M. – Niece of Client
Most of my mom’s later adult life she has had dogs as pets. Now she is in a nursing home, and the visits of the canine companions lift her mood and bring such joy to her day. I am thankful this part of her life continues with each visit! It is wonderful to see the love the dogs have for visiting and being a part of the life of residents.
Fritz J. – Family Member
SoBrina is the friendliest little dog I’ve ever known and has a very even temperament. As a companion/therapy dog, I know she will continue to be very popular, and I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to also feel her empathy and caring personality.
Rosalie W. – Spouse of Client
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