Each day I go to work, I look around and see the love and support that patients and staff receive from our therapy dogs. These dogs come in all sizes and some with costumes, some with tricks, but all lovingly attending to our patients and you can see the smiles as the patients pat and love on these dogs. The staff can even be found doing the same and giving a treat if allowed by the owner. The dogs seem to revel in this environment and we all reap the benefits. Pet Therapy is one more way to face cancer and bring your positive side back into the picture. These dogs listen and sit with the patients and they wait till it is their turn to show that attention to the dogs. Yes, there are a few patients that aren't part of this but for the most part, it is greatly accepted. I am hoping the my new Golden Doodle will someday be a therapy dog. He is gently and sweet and has all knowing eyes and when I got him from his breeder, she called him Mr. Mellow. He is just that and brings a calm and loving air to the atmosphere. He is much bigger than I had anticipated and although that may create a problem for us in the future, we have worked on alternate plans to address this. He is so loving and is doing quite well in obedience class. I am anxious to have him spend more time with my grandkids and more time swimming in the river as Duke used to do.
What are your thoughts on pet therapy? I for one vote yes as I see and reap the benefits daily. Whatever can bring that kind of smile and acceptance is worth its weight in gold. Honor the pet therapy dogs and thank the owners for the wonderful service it provides.
My dogs, cat, kids, husband.... :} all make it a great day! S
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