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A Day in the Life of a Therapy Hav

Just checking in on the Forum (I haven’t had the time to be on much lately), and thought you’d like to see a day in Maddie’s therapy dog life. She’s been a busy girl recently as she’s been active in the Read to Rover program, been in a lighted holiday parade (complete with blinking lights on her vest), and tons of visits to facilities. She’s an active girl by nature, so all the activities are fine with her. I’m the one who tends to get exhausted, but I’m totally invigorated when I watch all the smiles she gives. Here’s a few pics from her November Alzheimer and skilled nursing visits. We took pictures of the residents with the dogs to give to them for Christmas. You can tell by the smiles how much the residents appreciate the visits. Maddie and her partner (Star the lab) are so popular at one facility that the visits are taking over and hour and a half each time. We get lots of special requests to visit certain rehab and independent living residents also. Here are a few of the smiles the dogs give, and if you examine Maddie’s face, she’s smiling too and loves every minute of it. She sits on at least 30-40 laps and multiple beds each visit and I literally have to pull her out of the facility, as I think she’d stay there all day since she’s such an “attention-hound”! I truly think she was born to do this.

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Absolutely precious! How does a dog become a "therapy dog?"

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Here's another of the residents who absolutely adores Star and Maddie. He doesn't speak, but when the dogs come, his face lights up and he's all smiles. It really warms my heart to see how much joy these dogs give.

And here’s the ARF therapy dog Christmas card. Maddie is in the middle of the top row, and you can also see Carmie and Dobby second to the left. If you look closely, you can see one of ARF’s therapy cats who is the only one who won’t look at the camera (“too cool for school”). I love watching the therapy cats, as they are so mellow and act as if they could care less being around a large group of dogs and people.
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Jeanne, I do not have to look closely at all to see Maddie's huge grin. You can just tell how much she loves it. Good for you and good for Maddie.




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Absolutely precious! How does a dog become a "therapy dog?"
Trudy, there are multiple programs across the country. First the dog must pass CGC (canine good citizen) test, then be evaluated further for therapy work. You can get certification through Delta, TDI, ARF, various humane societies, etc. Basically the evaluation involves assessing the dog's friendliness to strangers, and the dog not reacting to medical equipment, unusual walking gaits, weird sounds, tempting food, etc. If you do a search on "therapy dog" on the Forum, you should find multiple threads on it. There are several therapy Havs on the Forum. If you feel your dog has the right temperament, go for it! You won't regret it, and you will give so much happiness to others.

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Jeanne you and Maddie are a blessing to everyone there and here! Thank you for all your work!

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How darling! What an important time of year to be active too. I also really like how your group has a partner dog and the same one each week.

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It's so heartwarming to see the faces of the people that adore Maddie's visits. When I get more time on my hands I'd love to try Havee with that.


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Trudy, there are multiple programs across the country. First the dog must pass CGC (canine good citizen) test, then be evaluated further for therapy work. You can get certification through Delta, TDI, ARF, various humane societies, etc. Basically the evaluation involves the dog not reacting to medical equipment, unusual walking gaits, weird sounds, tempting food, etc. If you do a search on "therapy dog" on the Forum, you should find multiple threads on it. There are several therapy Havs on the Forum. If you feel your dog has the right temperament, go for it! You won't regret it, and you will give so much happiness to others.
I used to work in a nursing home and the highlight was always a visit from the therapy dogs. It makes such a difference in the lives of the residents and their caregivers and loved ones. Congrats to you.

Trudy, mom to Einstein,Watson and Griffin too!
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How wonderful! Thank you for doing that, it is quite clear in their faces how happy you and Maddie make them.
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