On July 22, 2015 Angel was Proclaimed Houston's Official Therapy Dog By Mayor Annise Parker and Councilman David Robinson
Angel's Wikipedia Page 
Angel's Facebook Page
  • Angel
  • River Ranch Rose Angelique Herrera
  • Angel was born March 9, 2009 with 3 legs and one eye.
  • Agel was adopted from River Ranch Dogs from parents 2K and Honor. 
  • Angel loves to swim, wear a sock on her head and she adores guitars.
  • She can catch a cookie off of her nose and do a pretty wonderful three-legged spin dance.
  • Angel is now a Certified Therapy Dog with Faithful Paws in Houston and has Obedience Certification, Good Citizen Certification.
  • Angel works at the Methodist Hospital, Hermann Memorial Hosptial, Sheltering Arms Assisted Care, with Students at the University of Houston and visits The Hampton Assisted Care. 
  • AKC Therapy Dog Certification October 2013
  • AKC Therapy Dog Advanced April 2015 
  • On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm, in a ceremony at City Hall on the second floor, Angel was honored to represent all of the Houston Therapy Pets as Official Therapy Dog of Houston. 
  • A stuffed toy replica of Angel has been produced to raise awareness about special needs people and animals and as a charitble gift to the patients Angel visits.
  • Stuffed Toy to be Modeled after "Disabled" Dog, Ideas, Inventions and Innovations
  • Her proclamation was given by City Council Member David W. Robinson, Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 and Mayor Annise Parker
    Angel is an active member of Faithful Paws Pet Therapy Organization. Angel's breeder Barbara Shapley at River Ranch refused to take her veterinarian's advice and euthanize her at birth. Barbara called me as I had been working in rescue for 9 years and she wanted Angel to have a good safe home. It was a private adoption. I signed AKC papers when I picked Angel up at 5 weeks old. She was an only puppy, a very rare occurrence among Golden Retrievers. Angel needed to play with other dogs to learn socialization. So, Angel grew up with a friend's Shitzu named Zoe. Angel is an amazing therapy dog. She knows just when to be a clown and when to be serious. I love her deeply. She was named Angel, by Barbara. To this day Barbara, who has had 8 champion Golden Retrievers, keeps Angel's photo by her bedside. Angel has never known anything but love.
  • Angel is a reminder to fight for the ones who are different, the ones who are weaker, the ones who look like throwaways because they may just surprise you. 
SEE Angel's Memorial Hermann Video 

VISIT Angel's Facebook Page

Upcoming Tales of  Therapy Dog  Book Fundraising Party
Press Release: Trish Herrera and Angel, Houston's Official Therapy Dog, invite you to attend a fundraising event on December 11 to promote the pre-publication book launch of "Angel: Tales of a Therapy Dog." Angel was designated as Houston's official therapy dog by former Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, which continues under Mayor Sylvester Turner. We are hoping you will attend: 

Alliance Francaise
427 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, Tx. 77006

Sunday, December 11, 2016
3-5:30 PM

Angel's book is written to inspire children of all ages through the power of reading while teaching many lessons, including one of acceptance of others' differences and disabilities -- Angel was born with only one eye and three legs. Her work as a therapy dog fosters and extends unconditional love to individuals who are recovering and healing in hospitals or who simply need a loving visit from a fuzzy friend, such as our elderly in nursing homes. Angel's story touches all of these individuals and brings hope to all that you can make a positive impact in your community regardless of your limitations.  

Please watch Angel's video from Memorial Hermann or visit our website for more information:
The fundraising event will take place on Sunday, December 11, from 3-5 pm. Festivities include a live music set, fuzzy visits from Peace, Love and Therapy Dogs, a local nonprofit organization to which we will be donating 5% of the event proceeds.

Will you please join us? 

Many thanks.
Kind Regards

Nancy Agin Dunnahoe
On behalf of Trish Herrera

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Angel Hap LLC. launched the Angel, Therapy Dog Toy. The stuffed toy is a beautiful little replica of Angel. available on The toys are sold so some can be given to patients along Angel’s rounds in her Therapy work.

The Angel toy includes a tiny replica of Angel’s proclamation by Mayor Annise Parker and Councilman David Robinson and continues to be recognized by Mayor Sylvester Turner. The toy also includes a cute little tag with Angel's special logo which was created by Gary Yokie and a replica of her proclamation. Available on AngelHap site:

We hope that you can help support this worthy cause.

Angel' 6th Title 2016

Angel's 5th Title 2015


Angel at Memorial Hermann Pediatric Oncology 2015

Angel Working with Peace Love and Therapy Dogs 2016
Peace Love and Therapy Dogs Annual Meeting 2016 Peace Love and Therapy Dog's Annual Meeting 2016
 Peace Love and Therapy Dogs at Monarch Summer Camp 2016

Angel working with Faithful Paws Therapy Dogs 2016

Angel Working at Hermann Memorial Oncology Clinic with Faithful Paws Therapy Dogs March 2015

Angel Working at Methodist Hospital with Faithful Paws Summer 2013

Angel 2012

Angel, a sweet two month old puppy. 2009

Aaarrrgh! Angel By the Art Guys 2010

Three Paws

Trish and Angel 2015

Trish and Angel 2014

Our Newest addition: Meet Livy
Angel's cousin Livy has come to live with us. She was born Ocotober 8, 2017.
She now has three certifications. Puppy 1 with Trainer Stephanie Bennett at Believe in Dog Training
Her AKC Canine Good Citizen at 6 months old May 2018.
Livy is also a certified novice in training Therapy dog with Faithful Paws.
She loves to dive and we hope to continue with Dock Diving Certifications AT HOUSTON DOG RANCH.

Photo: Robyn Arouty

Livy has been invited to the National Dog Show Decemeber 14-16 in Orlando Florida.
At one year old she has achieved a title in Obedience Canina Good Citizen, and two Titles in Dock Diving.She iwll be competing as a master dock Diver with North America Diving Dogs in the Big Air Competition on Saturday December 14 at 9 am. Her average is 21.9 feet and she is #18 amonst all of the Golden Retreivers in The UNited States and # 233 of the 699 dogs that compete in the masters division in the US. Keep your paws crossed that Livy flies. The dock diving record is help by Slingshot in Elite masters, a whippet, at 34.3 feet.   
  • Lucie Rell Sunn Herrera
  • Lucie came to me as a GRRH foster.
  • I named her after Rell Sunn, the famous, female Hawaiian surfer.
  • Lucie's name means Light and Heart of the sea. 
  • Lucie loved life and loved to play and dance.
  • Lucie passed away December 20, 2008 at 9 years old.
  • Rest in peace Lucie.

Photo Collage By Dianna Ray 2008
  • Rose Green Bean Herrera  AKA "Rosie"
  • I adopted Rosie from Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever rescue.
  • Rosie became Tom's eyes and ears in his last senior year.
  • Since we didn't know her exact birthday, her special day was the same as Tom's, February 14, approximately 1997.
  • Rosie passed away Valentine's Day 2010.
  • Rosie was an inspiration to the creation of Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston.
  • Without her survival spirit, many dogs would not have been rescued. 
  • Thank you Rosie.
  • Your incredible beauty is greatly missed.
  • Rest in Peace my sweet grrl.

Photo by Beth Warner 2004

  • TOM
  • Thomas T. Terrific Sandcake Herrera A.K.A. Tom, Tommy, Tom Tom, Snoopy, Bubby and Love Boy.
  • Born February 14, 1987
  • Found at Alabama and Dunlavy in October of 1987.
  • Dr. Davidson, Tom's vet, estimated his birth to be late January or early February, so I made his celebration on Valentine's Day.
  • He never fetched a thing in his life and kissed only if he really, really wanted to.
  • Golden retriever mix, who inspired me to start Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston.
  • We think he may have been a dancer in a past life, and we know he is dancing now.
  • Tom passed to spirit August 14, 2002.

  Shaved Tom              "Tom in the Garden of Bones"     Rose/Tom Barry Gremillion
                                               Beth Warner
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Oi Roo
My magical 80's companion, Oi Roo. She was an Aussie Mix and so very intelligent. 
  • ZOE
  • This is my Godchild, Zoe.
  • Zoe is a fun, bright girl and has graduated from pastry school in NYC at the French Culinary Institute in 2009.
  • She is amazing, full of bounding, creative energy.
  • She is great company, we are so proud and we love her very much.
Zoe 2008

       Momofuku Milk Bar NYC 2010

Zoe 2012

Zoe and Moog 2015 Sous-Chef de Cuisine at Sadelle's


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