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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) has appointed Shiloh, a male 18-month old Golden Retriever/Labrador mix, as Chief Cheer Officer.
A recent trainee of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Shiloh is a career-change animal that will provide emotional and social support for the 1,800 families RMHD serves each year while their children are receiving treatment for illnesses or injuries at Dallas hospitals, according to a news release Wednesday from Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
“Shiloh is the second Guide Dog for the Blind who has been appointed to this kind of position with a Ronald McDonald House,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “His final advanced training as a guide dog for the visually impaired presented the need for a career change. With his incredibly agreeable disposition and high level of training, he proved the perfect candidate for our newly created Chief Cheer Officer position.”
Since his appointment, Shiloh, who shares an office with Cumnock, has attended several meetings, including one with an Eagle Scout who will be building Shiloh’s doghouse. He’s been in ongoing orientations, getting to know the staff and volunteers, and greeting families every morning.
One of his biggest fans has been Clary Jo, a four-and-a-half year old whose family is currently staying at the House while her younger sister Cylee Joy receives treatment for congenital heart defects.
“RMHD is a gift from God for our family,” added Holly Conyers, Clary Jo and Cylee Joy’s mother. After Shiloh spent the afternoon listening to Clary Jo read to him in the courtyard from the book Shiloh, Holly added, “Everything about the House is wonderful.”
Shiloh, born August 3, 2014, was bred as a service dog He is a 2016 trainee of Guide Dogs for the Blind, an industry-leading guide dog school that also maintains a community that serves the visually impaired.
Shiloh was raised by Robert and Gretchen Ryan of Carrollton.
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