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  • Thank you Diane.  Yes, she was ready to see all the smiles!  As soon as I take her vest and scarf out, she knows it's 'work' time :) 

  • Chloe looks mighty good and ready to put smiles on some people's faces.
  • The below picture is of my Chloe - ready for a visit at a local old age retirement home yesterday :) 

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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!

  • Congratulations.
  • 3367025713?profile=originalHurley now has his official Therapy Dog vest.  Yea!!!

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Therapy Dog Training

Hurley is a 5 year old ALD.   He is about 53 lbs.   I realized that every time I took Hurley with me to various stores people would want to pet him and know what kind of dog he is.  He is well behaved but a little shy.  I decided that it wast time to get Hurley involved in Therapy Training with a goal of going to assisted living and memory care homes.   I already volunteer my time teaching the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Course and I am a caregiver for my husband.Hurley did pass the CGC test…

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Orange County therapy dog

Hello, I have a mini golden doodle Charlie. He has completed two dog training courses at pet smart. He needs one more to be ready for the CGC. He is 10 months old and I am trying to look into guidelines for therapy dogs.I noticed you have listed three organizations but I am unsure if he needs to be apart of one to be in a practice. I am a MFT Intern and want to use him as a therapy dog in my practice. I am having difficulty finding guidelines for that. Does anyone have information as far as…

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Loki has been a busy bee!

Hi all!Loki and I have been pretty busy with our therapy work. We visit an observation unit at the University of Michigan hospital twice a month and he has been loving that! It's a low key floor with patients that are all stable so a calmer atmosphere for a new therapy dog. We also got a chance to visit the U of M college students several times at the end of their semester to "de stress" them.What's really cool though is that a state of Michigan inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and…

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