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For current therapy dog handlers and those who are seriously considering doing therapy with their dog.
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Hurley and I are working on our 50 hours. We go to an assisted living facility one day a week and next we will be adding a Memory Care at a different assisted living facility..
Seeing the smiles on people's faces is so rewarding. Going to the various facilities seeing residence in various stages of neurological disorders is helping me to prepare for the more advanced stages my husband will be experiencing. I hope that when he is in a facility there will be other therapy dogs visiting him along with the times I will be taking Hurley. Giving back is not just about giving back for those we love but for those that need a touch, a nuzzle, a lick, a chance to pet a dog to brighten their day and chance for the handle to give joy to others with a kind word and a smile.
Congratulations! Jaxson and I visit a senior daycare center here in Hawaii and it is very rewarding.
Congrats Huley and Diane. Looking mighty handsome in your new vest Buddy.
Congrats Diane & Hurley!
Hurley now has his official Therapy Dog vest. Yea!!!
Hurley, the chocolate ALD in the picture, had his first therapy dog visit yesterday. How exciting for us both. We went with Hurley's Therapy Dog trainer and his lovely, Sophie. Hurley is basically in his internship as a therapy dog. He did great!
A little background. Hurley is 5 years old and the 4-legged love of my life. I had always wanted him to be a therapy dog. But because he has always been a bit shy (but very gentle) two different trainers said he would never become a therapy dog. So I waited until he turned 5 and by accident met a Therapy Dog trainer that is amazing. It didn't take more than a few weeks before Hurley and I were ready to take the CGC test which Hurley passed first time out. Yea.
I am a caregiver to my husband and I volunteer at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health located here in Las Vegas, Nv. facilitating the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Course. So I am very familiar with caregiving demands through my own experiences with my husband and prior with my mother.
Sidney, the black pup, recently joined our family. When he is older I plan to engage Sidney in therapy dog training and visits. He is a character.
I don't believe Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Inc) has those requirements as well. Just that you follow your vets protocol, neg fecal and up to date on rabies.
They said because of the people in the hospitals with suppressed immune systems they didn't want to risk them getting sick or the dogs getting something from the locations they visited. I thought at least she could do a library or courthouse. I haven't looked at TDI yet to see if they are in my area but I will.
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