Katie started her job this past week as a therapy dog at her local rehabilitation facility. Katie didn’t start her life out in such a nice way, having been rescued from a dog hoarder who kept her outside with her puppies and an assortment of other little dogs. But, Katie found that after being rescued, living the high life as a pampered Japanese Chin, that she wanted to have a job. You see, Katie has the happiest tail at her house and she just loves people, big little, tall, short, anyone is her best friend. So, Katie studied very hard and passed her test and started her job this week. Her favorite way to visit with folks is to get in their laps, go belly up, get lots of belly rubs and then start snoring as she falls sound to sleep. Her Mom, Robin Sockness, is the proudest mom in town. Robin has two therapy dogs, Katie and her sister KiKu. Both give lots of love and spread sunshine and happiness at the local rehab facility and nursing home. We LOVE our little Katie bug!!!
A great big shout out to all the CAREing Paws Dogs and Handlers who participate in all our many events this week! We had teams that went to Mercer on Monday and Wednesday and teams that went to Georgia Tech on Tuesday. No, it wasn’t the stress relief visits – it’s not finals week (yet!). It was National Suicide Prevention Week at Mercer University. Rob Hiller, whose paying job is a firefighter, talked about how his two worlds collide when the therapy dogs can bring comfort and healing to his fellow firefighters in the aftermath of dealing with a stressful situation. Often during the course of performing their duties they see all kinds of situations, including those dealing with suicide, and sometimes the firefighters have to attend counseling to deal with certain incidents. The therapy dogs provide them comfort and help heal their hearts so they can do what they are called to do.
The Georgia Tech Silver Jackets invited CP to attend their monthly meeting and share information about who we are and what we do and several of them, since they are now GT retirees, were extremely interested in doing therapy work with their animals. They were very excited to know that there were therapy CATS as well as dogs and other animals! Rena Brakebill attended our stress relief event on campus last fall and from then on she was hooked and that led to us being invited to this meeting. Rena creates the most wonderful origami bookmarks – they look just like dogs and cats! An elementary school teacher at Crabapple Lane told us later that same day that the books on origami are flying off the shelves! The kids are really into this! Watch for origami bookmarks coming your way soon courtesy of Rena!
Here are a few pictures from this week’s events. ENJOY!
Keep enriching the lives of others by embracing the power of the human-animal bond!
Enriching the lives of others by embracing the power of the human-animal bond.