Danny and I have been doing all of this pet therapy for a layer of reasons. We love training together, showing off dog tricks, and making others smile and feel comforted, but the roots for this project? It is for my Girl Scout Gold Award! I’ve just been informed (through a comment on this blog, actually) that through all of my endeavors, I’ve received the Gold Award!! I’m so pumped and I know Dannyboy is too!
Although I’m at college now, Danny and I are gonna try to do pet therapy when I come home for the holidays!!
Thanks everyone! Don’t go anywhere!
My therapy dog Danny and I recently visited Care One in a town not too far away. Care One facilities are probably our favorite since everyone is always so welcoming! The staff ADORE pet therapy visits and there is always one staff member who takes us around the facility. The residents and their visiting family members scoop Danny right up (luckily he doesn’t mind) and cuddle him or put him on their laps. Unlike Merry Heart, when we visit Care One we go room-to-room. We don’t meet in a common room or two and usually there is no show-down of all his fancy tricks, but somehow there’s extra love in each visit. Or so I think. I’d ask Danny how he feels, but he’s just as happy licking every stranger’s face.
Pet therapy bound! (Notice the nifty bandana?)
Also, even more recently, Dannydog and I went to Merry Heart again. As usual we visited the third floor Alzheimer’s unit first and then the other meeting area for residents who aren’t as sick. Upstairs we were greeted by a staff member who cuddled Danny for a bit. Then I went around the circle letting everybody who wanted to pet the dog. Quick aside–One of the ladies told me I had nice teeth :D. Anyway, this time downstairs there was a nice crowd. Naturally, Danny performed all of his fancy tricks–including hide-and-seek of a mini water bottle! <– crowd favorite.
I have a feeling this might be our last visit for a while as school starts up again soon however, Danny and I will still be doing everything we can to spread smiles and raise awareness for dogs that heal!
Today, Tuesday, 1/7, at 1:30pm Danny and I had our pet therapy evaluation. For those of you who don’t know, we’re trying to get certified through Creature Comfort to be a pet therapy dog-handler team and visit patients, families, and staff of all ages at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other facilities to spread some smiles!
Our test got postponed a few times, but today I drove myself out of school, got home, grabbed Dannyboy’s vet and town vaccination records (and Danny, of course!) and raced to K9 Campus (where we’ve been taking obedience classes). We haven’t been there in over a month, so I was nervous that Danny would forget his manners. Fortunately, he didn’t.
I had to fill out a few forms but there was a dog in the waiting room, which Danny doesn’t like. So I cleverly took the forms and filled them out in the car with my dog, which my obedience trainer Robin was very proud to hear I did. After I was finished, I carried Danny back inside and went into the training ring.
I’ll save the details for later, long story short, WE PASSED OUR EVALUATION!