I truly think one of the greatest things about being a handler to a very special therapy dog and a second one in training, is that you you have the opportunity to share your dogs with other in the community and give back a little bit of joy into the lives of others!
Working dogs serve such a great role in the lives of others. Whether they are a Service dog that helps someone with a handicap regain a bit of independence and mobility, a Military or Police dog that helps keep our communities and our soldiers safe, or a Therapy dog that serves in the community through enriching activities and therapies, they all play a great role! (Therapy dogs and Service dogs are not the same; this link explains the difference.) I specifically have been blessed with a terrific Therapy dog and a second one in training. It is such a blessing to know that others can enjoy the company and love of my best friends as much as I do!
I have a bit of a prayer request. If you think about us over the next few weeks, please keep Mykelti and I in your prayers! My sweet little therapy dog-in-training, Mykelti will sit for her 10 part Canine Good Citizen test at the end of the month. Please pray that we do well and are a successful team! If she does well and passes her CGC test (pre-requisite for Therapy Dogs), she will sit for her 22 part therapy test this Spring and hopefully follow in her big brother Ranger's paw prints! She has already done 3 special events as a therapy dog-in-training and was very well behaved at all of them! I truly think she will make an exceptional therapy dog and bring a lot of joy to others when the time is right! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we train and prepare to test!
Ranger likes to visit our friends at a local adult daycare to brighten their day up! He is a registered therapy dog through Delta Society/Pet Partners and MidSouth Therapy Dogs and Friends.
Ranger is also a Reading Education Assistance Dog through Intermountain Therapy Animals. (If all goes well with Mykelti's testing, she will hopefully become a R.E.A.D. dog as well!) He helps children with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, learn to read through Animal Assisted Therapy at a local school. Ranger helps sound-out difficult words with his paws, gives kisses when he senses a child is stressed over a difficult sentence, and makes reading a fun learning experience just by spending time with the children we visit with!
Being a therapy team is a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well! Interested in becoming a therapy team? See if you have what it takes! Delta Society/Pet Partners