PET THERAPY VISITATION
It’s quite wonderful that doors are open to companion pets, especially , in our case, dogs, to go into hospitals, nursing homes and hospices, to bring joy, comfort, the human animal bond, and a connection with the natural world, to patients.
Margaret Rose and I visit the Hospital weekly. Margaret Rose is a certified St. John Ambulance Pet Therapy dog and St. John Ambulance Children’s Therapy dog.
We love visiting Pediatrics. Margaret Rose adores children and is in her glory in Peds.We are excited to be part of a pilot project, at the Children’s Department of the Red Deer Library. The program, called “Reading Tails”, is for children who read to the dogs.
Sachi, our Levi and Envy daughter, also is a certified St. John Ambulance Pet Therapy dog, and makes patients laugh out loud, during our hospital visits.
Leilani, Margaret Rose’s daughter, is now a certified and
active St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog. She enjoys visiting the Red Deer Regional
Hospital, where the staff affectionately refer to her as “The baby”.
Margaret Rose and June, Christmas Eve, visiting at the hospital.
Robbie, Sachi’s brother, in Edmonton brings joy to hospital patients in partnership with Lise Ann Lewis.
We’re grateful for these opportunities for the dogs to have “jobs” and a sense of purpose.
If you would like to know more about dogs doing Pet Therapy, please check out the websites for
Therapy Dogs International Inc.
The article on Pet Therapy , which I wrote for the Poodle Club of America Newsletter , is now on line, in the newsletter. Links are below.The article is on pages 42, 43 and 44.
Here are the links below to read or download this issue of the Newsletter.
Download here: http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/papers/PPFall10.pdf
Read online here: http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/papers/PP_Fall10.htm