Recently my therapy dog Danny and I visited our favorite local senior living home. As usual, we had a blast! Although a lot of the residents have Alzheimer’s (memory disease), the staff remember us and welcome us greatly! One of the nurses has Danny climb all over him with lots of kisses before we begin visiting the patients. I can’t even tell you how many of them ask if the dog is staying! It gets a bit sad when I have to say no, but when Danny performs his neat tricks that I taught him everybody’s moods are lifted! That’s the best part–those smiles from something as simple as a dog rolling over. Why can’t we all just let simple things like that please us? Not only do I brighten others’ days, but they teach me about appreciation along the way!
Good news! A local pound agreed to display my brochures in their building! I’m really making an impact piece by piece!! Hooray for pet therapy :)
Read my brochure to see how easy it is to become a pet therapy team!!
I haven’t received any info yet so I called the senior living home in Madison again. Just like last time, they were very nice and excited about bringing a pet therapy program to their facility. Only problem is, the activities director was out for the day AGAIN. She’ll call me back on Sunday, AGAIN. While I’m on vacation. Oh well.
I can’t wait to hear from her because they seem very interested!
Meanwhile– The woman from the senior apartments is looking to start up a program in the Fall!! I received her voicemail but we’ll talk soon. Even though I’ll be away at school in the Fall, I’m proud to know that they’ll contact the organization I’m a part of and set up a regular schedule thanks to me.
Spreading smiles with dogs that heal one step at a time!
I left brochures with the people in those senior independent apartments and am waiting to hear back!
I’m very excited because I called a senior living home remotely close to me and they are very interested! Someone from the front desk left a note with the assistant activities director and directed my call to the voice-mailbox of the activities director!
~SO close to setting up a visitation program between a facility and the organization I’m a part of!
Dannyboy and I are super happy :)
This past Saturday my dog Danny and I visited the nursing home in Succasunna to spread some smiles to the staff and the residents! It was great (and quite toasty in the place, as usual) and also as usual, Danny was fantastic. I hold him in my arms and lean toward all of the elderly residents in their wheelchairs and he soaks up the love and gives occasional kisses. It brings such joy to these people and I love working with him.
Also, today I gathered brochures and a contract from the president of CCPT. I mailed it to a woman who lives in a senior apartment complex in a town who I have spoken on the phone with about introducing pet therapy to their community room at their complex; I can’t wait to hear their response! Wish me luck! (Tails crossed!)
I really really recommend pet therapy to everybody. Whether you’re a nursing home, hospital, library, school, or apartment complex, I think you should look into the immense benefits of having animals to be around. And if you have a compassionate animal, don’t hesitate to get started! I’m pretty sure you can sign up as a volunteer even if you don’t own a therapy pet. Creature Comfort Pet Therapy is amazing!