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!
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!