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!
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!
This morning, Danny and I (and my dad) went to Merry Heart on our own! We spent 70 minutes visiting seniors and spreading some smiles to them and the staff!
After putting on our brand new official badges and my tshirt and his bandana, we drove to Merry Heart Assisted Senior Living. Unlike the mentor visit, we went to the 3rd floor Alzheimer’s common area first and then the basement Bistro (had chairs and Wii bowling) second. I actually liked this better than doing it the other way around because the Alzheimer’s floor where the seniors have memory issues/dementia is sort of sad whereas the Bistro is just full of seniors who need assisted living and are just hanging out in a common area. So, we left the whole place on a bit more positive feel.
As for my dog Dannyboy, he did much better than he did on the mentor visit! He was more comfortable in my arms while I went from senior to senior and was well-behaved whenever I put him down. He even did some tricks for the (mostly) ladies in the Bistro, which brought them tons of joy. The staff members thanked us and told us to come back 😀
Feelin’ good, doin’ good, talk to you soon!
P.S. Get involved in the pet therapy program–whether you have a pet, work for an institution, or have a loved one you know would like some extra cheer!