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Lokee the Therapy Dog Volunteers at SBA

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is pleased to announce the arrival of Lokee the Therapy Dog, a certified Grand Champion Keeshond, owned and handled by Larry Reiche.  Since March Larry and Lokee have been visiting the Airport to engage with the traveling public. 

Lokee was born on March 11, 2011 and began his career as a show dog nine months later. By the age of four he had achieved Grand Champion status, certified by AKC Organization. Lokee’s owners, Larry and Carol Reiche, heard about Therapy Dog International and immediately signed up for the training. “Lokee and I trained on our own, for approximately 3 weeks and then reported for the testing and passed. In 2014 Lokee became a Certified Therapy Dog through the AKC Organization,” Larry Reiche said.

The duo began volunteering at Hospice, Cottage Hospital, Casa Dorinda and several nursing homes. In late February, the Airport was contacted and asked if a therapy dog might be something the passengers would enjoy.  Hazel Johns, Airport Director, met Lokee and realized that he would be an asset for travelers.

Larry and Lokee are now regulars and have become a major attraction for passengers flying into and out of SBA.

The Airport would like to thank both Mr. Reiche and Lokee for their volunteer service to the community and applauds their willingness to share their time with our passengers from around the world.

For further information about Lokee, please contact Larry Reiche at 805-451-6669 or visit Lokee’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/LokeeTheTherapyDog.

Santa Barbara Airport is the gateway to the American Riviera. Owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara, the Airport is a self-supporting enterprise fund serving 640,000 passengers annually.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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