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 🙂
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!
Danny is very excited because he knows that we’re working on introducing a new facility to the Creature Comfort Pet Therapy volunteer visitation schedule! I’m trying to incorporate one of two special needs children’s schools into our calendar for volunteer teams to sign up to visit.
Pet therapy is an amazing program that has been proven to improve the mood, performance, and sense of community among volunteer teams, facility staff, patients/clients, and their families. If you know of a facility that can benefit from it, don’t hesitate to suggest it or contact me!
I got to Merry Heart senior living just a few days after the Kiwanis presentation and they turned me away at the front desk!! Here’s what happened:
Some sort of upper respiratory infection was going around and the nurses had masks on and everything. They weren’t allowing any outsiders, especially pet therapy visits 😦 So Danny, my dad, and I got dressed and drove over there for nothing.
Don’t worry..we took Danny to the park instead!
Okay so this was a huge deal.
My mom and I went to our local Kiwanis meeting because I know the club secretary and was invited to be the guest speaker. After sitting through their meeting, it was my turn to get up and speak about how my dog and I became a certified pet therapy team. I took tons of time planning out what to say and ended up just using my speech as a guideline for my presentation thanks to the skills I learned in my public speaking class.
I had my ID badge, Danny’s ID badge, and a flyer that I made with a few pictures of me and Danny or me outside a facility, all of which I passed around as I was presenting. My mom was amazed at my presentation skills and loved learning about Kiwanis as well as sharing her take of my Gold Award Project.
The Kiwanis club gave me great information about how I could possibly do a workshop or even get parts of this blog published on a pet therapy website in order to really ensure a lasting impact. Thanks for reading!!
Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had a great day!
Today, 1/14/14, I left school at about 11:30 and drove to Morris K9 Campus where Creature Comfort Pet Therapy was giving an orientation workshop to those who have just passed the evaluation last week. I would say there were about eight other new-handlers like myself there. After a 70 minute powerpoint presentation on the do’s and don’t’s of what to bring, how to sign up, how to conduct ourselves, confidentiality, and other rules and regulations, it was time to sign up for our mentor visit.
What is a mentor visit? It’s when an experienced dog-handler team shows you and your dog HOW to do a therapy visit at any registered facility. Because of my “one condition,” only the handler, not the dog, will be accompanying Danny and me. I believe we are going to a senior assisted living place nearby either this Saturday or two Saturdays from now, but the company will email me with that information.
I’m really excited because I know it’s going to be really fun, especially at a place where Danny can show off his box of tricks!
Thanks for reading, check back soon 🙂