High Hopes

On November 5, 2015 River Road Retrievers Great Expectations for Hope (“Hope”) was born.    In 2016 it is anticipated that Hope will be the resident therapy dog at High Hopes.

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River Road Retrievers and High Hopes are entering into a joint venture where Hope will be trained and will be the resident Therapy Dog at High Hopes.

Kelly Cox who is a Physical Therapist at the Center has dedicated herself and her family to be the Handler of Hope for the Center.

Hope has started training for this program already.   Hope has been in training and with the hard work of Kelly C.  After she receives her Good Citizen, she will then enter into training for her Therapy Dog International testing.   It is anticipated that by the time she is one that she will be a registered Therapy Dog through Therapy Dog International.  For now Hope is doing some heavy socialization.  She has been to Cumberland Heights to visit the staff and patients there and is attending the Cox family cheer practices and is visiting the High Hopes center frequently so she can start getting familiar and the children at the center can watch her grow into becoming their friend.   Kelly’s dedication to Hope and High Hopes has been inspirational.

Hope will reside with the Cox family who lives close to the High Hopes facility.






Kelly has been a Physical Therapist for 22 years and has worked with High Hopes for 10 years.  Kelly has three children, McKenzie, Lauren and Ethan. Her girls go to Woodland Middle School and Ethan goes to Crockett elementary school.  Her husband, Kevin, works at Nephrology Associates.

Kelly’s dedication, devotion and participation in the training of Hope is very admirable.  Kelly has also taken a lot of her personal time with trainers, and classes, which so many children will benefit from.  Kelly is a complete gift to High Hopes.  Kelly will play a big role in making this happen for High Hopes.  Please follow us on Facebook to watch Hope’s journey to becoming a therapy dog.