Now that you know about the Vets Helping Heroes Founder and President Irwin Stovroff, it’s time to meet the real star of the show – Cash, the cute Golden Retriever, trained companion dog and VHH mascot! We just had to find out more about this golden boy who has made more than one TV appearance – and even made friends with a few movie and TV stars along the way.
Cash doesn’t always act like a service/guide dog – we heard he didn’t make it through to the end of training. Why?
On his final physical exam, Cash was discovered to have a slight heart murmur and was taken out of the active program — otherwise would have done the job he was trained to do.
He has developed into more of a beloved pet than a service dog and sometimes forgets his training. His murmur is minor and he has become our mascot and a great fund raiser at meetings and on TV.
How did Cash come into your possession?
When I learned that he was available I requested to have him to help the Vets Helping Heroes mission.
Do you know how he got the name “Cash?” Did you name him?
That’s actually a crazy coincidence. They have an alphabetical system used at the foundation, and he came to me with that name. He has lived up to it where ever he goes in our fund raising meetings.
How old is he?
Cash is 3 1/2 years, weighs 82 pounds.
He has a lot of personality! What’s his favorite toy?
His calm attitude and his always wanting to be petted, sharing his paw, have made him welcome everywhere. His favorite toy is a stuffed Santa Claus that makes noise and has lasted over a year.
Has Cash caused any funny backstage shenanigans at any of the Vets Helping Heroes television interviews?
Cash is very inquisitive. When we were on the Bonnie Hunt Show as was Chevy Chase, he wandered into Chevy’s dressing room and when I found him he was already a buddy of Chevy’s Manager who wanted to keep him. As Cash had made a friend that wasn’t the star, when Chase asked me if I knew of him, I said, “You look familiar.” After the show Bonnie hugged Cash and his head was covered in lipstick, I got none.
There you have it! Do you have any burning questions about Cash, the Vets Helping Heroes mascot? Feel free to ask away in the comments section below!