A Wag, a pat, a smile
A Wag, a pat, a smile
Founder Jeff Cohen has over 40 years of dedicated experience working with elders and staff in long-term health care facilities throughout New England. Always the conversationalist, Jeff enjoys spending time with elders, especially making them laugh and learning more about them. For the majority of his professional career, he had worked as
Founder Jeff Cohen has over 40 years of dedicated experience working with elders and staff in long-term health care facilities throughout New England. Always the conversationalist, Jeff enjoys spending time with elders, especially making them laugh and learning more about them. For the majority of his professional career, he had worked as a sales representative, providing geriatric clothing and casual wear for residents. From the start of his career, Jeff has actively attended the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and The Massachusetts Council of Activity Professionals (MassCAP) conferences annually. Today, you can still find Jeff at these conferences, but as a different vendor, Golden Moments 4 Elders.
In 2002, Jeff brought home a new member of the Cohen family, a Golden Retriever he named Buddy. He began bringing Buddy to work periodically, as he wanted to share his new puppy with everyone. It was then that Jeff witnessed firsthand the positive impact that interacting with a dog had on the residents, as well as recognizing this important piece missing in their lives. This inspired him to start Golden Moments 4 Elders, where he could provide a pet entertainment service that would enhance, stimulate, and engage the lives of elders.
Jeff worked the business himself from 2002 through 2014 until he decided to expand his company into a family business, with his wife, Sheila, and daughter, Jennifer joining the team along with Golden’s Chase, Bentley, and Myles. Today, the company provides tactile and cognitively-stimulating entertainment to the elderly, bringing golden moments wherever they go.
Sheila has always been a passionate artist, teacher and avid animal lover. In her early years growing up by the ocean, she found her true inspiration in the natural beauty and colors of the world around her. She received a degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and has over 25 years of teaching experience in bo
Sheila has always been a passionate artist, teacher and avid animal lover. In her early years growing up by the ocean, she found her true inspiration in the natural beauty and colors of the world around her. She received a degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and has over 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. As a teacher, mother of two, and caregiver to her elderly father for eight years, she is sensitive to the needs of others, compassionate, and loves helping people find their creative outlet.
Combining her knowledge of art and education, Sheila is able to provide private and group art classes to elders in addition to pet entertainment. She is well-acquainted with the physical and emotional benefits of art therapy and pet entertainment and how it can improve the well-being of our elders, especially those in long-term healthcare facilities.
From a young age, Jen developed a passion for working with dogs and knew she wanted to pursue a career that was dog-oriented. At the age of nine, she began accompanying her dad to healthcare facilities with Buddy, witnessing firsthand the impact that dogs can have in providing comfort and joy for the residents. Her optimistic and bubbly d
From a young age, Jen developed a passion for working with dogs and knew she wanted to pursue a career that was dog-oriented. At the age of nine, she began accompanying her dad to healthcare facilities with Buddy, witnessing firsthand the impact that dogs can have in providing comfort and joy for the residents. Her optimistic and bubbly demeanor allows her to engage naturally with residents, bringing pawsitive energy with her everywhere she goes, with a dog by her side.
While in college at Framingham State University where she received a degree in Business Management, she started her own part-time dog walking and pet sitting business, Walk with Pawsitivity. She began working full time for Golden Moments 4 Elders after graduating in 2015 and has been a fantastic asset to the team. To further her experience and passion for working with dogs, Jen enrolled in Animal Behavior College and graduated as a Certified Dog Trainer in 2018. She uses this knowledge to expand the team’s capabilities and strives to capture as many Golden Moments as possible. As Operations Manager, Jen handles the bookkeeping, payroll, and all other business operations. Jen attributes her success to Buddy, her special dog who was not only a childhood pet, but helped pave the way for her future.
“The one that started it all…”
Buddy was born on January 4th, 2002 in Tiverton, RI, and was the Cohen family’s first dog. He was smart, talented, friendly, very gentle, and had a special way about him that made people just gravitate towards him. He was a natural at what he did, and loved going to work and spending time with the residents, even remembering which rooms had treats waiting for him!
He was recognized by a number of local papers for his work, including the Sharon Advocate, Canton Journal, Heritage T&G and The Haverhill Gazette. He won a pawful of dog shows put on by different healthcare facilities with accolades including best trick and best behaved. He even had the once in a lifetime opportunity to entertain a resident who was famous for her role as one of the ballerinas in The Wizard of Oz. Buddy accompanied Jeff wherever he went, including the NASW and MASSCAP conferences every year, and was well known and loved by healthcare staff and residents across Massachusetts. Many still bring up memories of him to this day!
Golden Moments 4 Elders would not be the company it is today if it wasn’t for Buddy. Even though he was a once-in-a-lifetime dog, his brothers carry on his legacy of bringing joy wherever they go. Buddy passed away peacefully on May 13th, 2013 but his memory lives on forever, as do those Golden Moments that he created.
When Buddy was six years old, the Cohen’s decided that he needed a little brother and someone to follow in his pawprints. They brought Chase home in 2008 and the two instantly became best friends. Following his graduation from obedience school and further at-home training, Chase began accompanying Buddy to work and quickly learned the ropes, showing off his natural ability to behave in the healthcare facilities and picking up all the tricks.
Chase loves to work almost as much as he loves food. Like Buddy, he will lead you straight to the resident’s rooms that he knows will have treats waiting for him. He also loves back scratches, and will stick his rear straight into the air before he plops to the ground in hopes that you’ll join him! He is a smart, friendly and extremely talented dog who can’t wait to show off all of his tricks and costumes. He even won “Best Trick” three years in a row at the dog show at Orchard Cove in Canton, MA. When he isn’t “working,” Chase loves playing with tennis balls, playing hide and seek, and most importantly, food.
Chase is definitely the most photogenic dog in the group, but you may notice that he looks a little different. In April 2018, he was diagnosed with Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis (GRPU), an inherited eye disease that affects the anterior lens capsule and causes inflammation. Despite all the necessary treatment, this eventually caused Chase to develop Glaucoma and lose vision in both eyes. Unfortunately, continued treatment was unable to alleviate the pressure and inflammation in his eyes and the tough decision was made to have both eyes enucleated (removed.) Chase is now pain-free and much happier, living life like a puppy again! He is able to use his amazing senses of smell and hearing to guide him and has adapted in remarkable ways. As a working dog, he has helped numerous residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities feel comfort and companionship from his visits. It is now our turn to help assist Chase; all the friends he has made in the healthcare industry are walking by his side as we continue to share Golden Moments together!
After Buddy’s passing, the family decided that Chase now needed a little brother to pass his knowledge down to. After passing obedience school and training with flying colors, Bentley, an English Cream Golden Retriever, joined the team in 2014.
Bentley is very gentle, loving and always looking for attention. Known as "pretty boy" because of his coloring, Bentley absolutely loves getting dressed up for holidays throughout the year and performing his special tricks. He has a phenomenal bedside manner and loves to put his paws up on the resident’s beds (if asked) so that he can give the most affection, especially kisses! His signature move, though, is wiggling his behind right up against you when you scratch his back, which residents in wheelchairs absolutely adore. He also regularly attends the NASW and MASSCAP conferences and loves meeting new people there with his brothers.
In his free time, Bentley loves birdwatching, being outside in nature, dancing, giving you all of his love, and of course, playing with his brothers. Bentley is a great asset to the golden team as he has so much love to give and seems to know exactly who needs it most.
With the expansion of the business, the Cohen’s added Myles to the family in 2017. Despite being the youngest, Myles is an incredibly fast learner and picked up his tricks and commands with ease. While Jen was enrolled in Animal Behavior College, Myles attended classes with her where she was able to train him from the ground up.
Myles naturally gravitates to people and loves to position himself between your legs for pats. He will also sit in upright position facing you and put his paws on your legs as if he’s talking to you! He is intelligent, loving, gentle, friendly, talented and loves to give hugs and kisses not only to people, but to his brothers as well. He’s been known to be a bit of a show off too, and loves to dress up and perform his tricks for all to see. Myles is new to attending the NASW and MASSCAP conferences but has done very well when accompanying his brothers and absolutely loves the attention he gets.
Myles' free time consists of sleeping, playing with toys, sleeping some more, and wrestling with his brothers. He loves his big brother, Chase, and is able to really bring out his puppy side! We can't wait to see what else is in store for him.