Looking Back: Janice and Halle Berry

Janice Perry and her Labradoodle Halle Berry

Janice Perry and her Labradoodle Halle Berry were a Pet Partners team for nearly seven years. Janice shares her tribute to her amazing partner.

13 years, eight months, one week and six days this angel blessed our world. No matter how long they live, it is never long enough. Such an incredible connection we all share with our pets.

Halle Berry Perry made my dreams come true. She would do anything and everything for me and me for her. After I retired, I made it my mission for Halle Berry and I to serve with Denver Pet Partners. Halle passed her Practical Obedience and her Canine Good Citizen Class flawlessly. The mission was completed with passing the Pet Partners evaluation in 2013. We were on our way!

Two therapy dog teams on a bench together

Halle Berry Perry served lovingly throughout her career with Denver Pet Partners at several different venues:

  • De-stressing students at Arapahoe Community
  • Douglas County Libraries events, including Caturday Morning and Dog Day Afternoon; de-stressing high school students for finals; and Bark for Books at the Parker Library and as substitute at the Castle Rock Library
  • City of Englewood summer reading event
  • Clayton Elementary School Literacy Night
  • Colorado State Board of Education Read with a Dog program
  • Whole Foods promotional event
  • Read With Me at Gold Rush Elementary and Rock Ridge Elementary
  • The Valley House Assisted Living Center
  • Bonaventure of Castle Rock Alzheimer’s unit
  • Neutral dog for Denver Pet Partners evaluations

Janice and Halle Berry with another volunteer at an event       Halle Berry wearing her therapy dog vest

Halle Berry Perry won everyone’s heart with her soulful eyes and happy tail. She truly adored people and especially children. She had a gentle spirit filled with love. I jokingly said that Halle Berry does all the work, I just drive her here.

Halle’s legend lives on with her puppies, and three of her offspring are currently serving proudly with Denver Pet Partners: Bear, who is Patt Bisant’s therapy dog, is Halle’s son; Moose, Kim Layton’s therapy dog, and Ziva, my current therapy dog, are Halle’s grandchildren. Halle also has offspring assisting as service dogs for veterans and in counseling offices, both in schools and private practice.

If I were to give advice, it would be to peacefully lay your precious pet to rest at your home if you find yourself having to make this difficult decision. Halle Berry’s least favorite visit was to the vet’s office and I simply could not endure taking her there for her last car ride. We were able to arrange for her vet to come to our home. We guided her to one of her favorite spots in the grassy front yard. She laid comfortably, on a Sherpa blanket, while I snuggled with her until she peacefully journeyed to Heaven.

My dog behavior specialist, at the beginning of this journey, made a statement to a class of therapy dog hopefuls: “Therapy dogs are born, not trained.” Thank you, Laura Brody, for seeing Halle’s potential, and giving us the tools and encouragement to make this a reality. It’s been a heartwarming ride and better than I ever imagined.