Nickname(s): Big Guy
Breed: Anatolian Shepherd Mix
Favorite Toy: Octopus
Favorite Costume: Any kind
Best Trick: High Five
Rio Bravo waking up a patient from surgery per the doctor’s request at Memorial Hermann Hospital TMC. The doctor was concerned his patient wasn’t coming out of the anesthesia and Dell got Rio to bark which got the patient awake and a little confused seeing this huge dog looking at him in his hospital room❤️
Rio Bravo entered our lives in 2005 from the National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network, NASRN. He was a 140 pound “wild child” and had been on the euthanasia list at a shelter in Gainesville, Georgia. NASRN saved him and after being shuffled around in three different temporary homes, Rio landed in Houston with a wonderful foster family and we filed our application to adopt him and we were approved. He was out of control and not sure of all the shuffling in his life so we started taking Rio to obedience classes. Connie Richards niece, Kim, met him one day and said he would be a great pet therapy dog. We were not sure but decided to give Faithful Paws classes a try. And, he was a super pet therapy dog. The biggest, most gentle big guy.
Rio Bravo passed away in February 2015 from bone cancer. He made his last visit December 2014 at the Memorial Hermann TMC outpatient oncology center. He brought many smiles and much love to so many as a wonderful ambassador of Faithful Paws and pet therapy. Rio, you are loved and missed every day. RIP Rio❤️