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catherinestang
June 3rd, 2007, 02:35 PM
Is there anyone out there who has therapy dogs? I have three papillons who are therapy dogs. We visit the nursing home each week. You can see me and my dogs at my website www.catherinestang.com (http://www.catherinestang.com) There I also have links to Therapy Dog, inc. which is the group we belong to. I also have a link for my breeder. You can see some of my dogs's siblings.

If you do therapy dogs how did you get started?

I learned about the program when I had a long stay in hospital after complications from surgery. One came to vist me on a day when I was very blue after some set backs. Talking to this lady and petting her dog cheered me up. I decided after I got back on my feet to look into getting and training dogs to go cheer others up.

There is nothing like a little fluffy dog to bring people out of their shell and get them to talk.

I'd love to hear your stories about therapy dogs or answer any questions.

Cathy
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maura
June 6th, 2007, 10:36 AM
My first two dogs were TDI dogs but never went anywhere. The golden I have now has only been to one nursing home, but for a shy girl, she is a natural, the oldsters loved her. She is a very sweet, fluffy girl and that helps.

catherinestang
June 7th, 2007, 06:54 PM
Is that a picture of your dog? What a cutie!! You can see mine on my website www.catherinestang.com (http://www.catherinestang.com) My dogs all have very different personalities. Remy is the cuddle bug who sit on laps for hours. Samantha will too, but she rather give kisses. Rudy is hyper. I don't take him very often because he like to just sit for a minute. He can catch a ball in the air and do tricks, so sometimes he goes and entertains everyone.

It is fun to hear everyone's stories about their farm dogs.

lucky_pinay
June 25th, 2007, 06:01 AM
My dog never underwent pet therapy yet, but I think this is essential after surgery to keep the pet up and running

rrc_lim
August 23rd, 2007, 08:38 AM
my pet just went through therapy. he had a surgery in his limb. i think therapy is really helping him much.

maura
August 24th, 2007, 02:02 PM
That is not her but pretty close. It is actually a photo of a half sib and they all look alike.

Maura


Is that a picture of your dog? What a cutie!! You can see mine on my website www.catherinestang.com (http://www.catherinestang.com) My dogs all have very different personalities. Remy is the cuddle bug who sit on laps for hours. Samantha will too, but she rather give kisses. Rudy is hyper. I don't take him very often because he like to just sit for a minute. He can catch a ball in the air and do tricks, so sometimes he goes and entertains everyone.

It is fun to hear everyone's stories about their farm dogs.

maura
August 24th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Hi,
I think you are a little confused. Therapy dogs are dogs that pass a test and are certified to visit people in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. They provide love and laughter to people who can't have a pet otherwise.

Most dogs going through surgery rely on the owner to be the physical therapist. I know my first GSD tore his ACL and later had a degenerative disease, maybe that's what I should do when I retire. I had to do the compresses the walks, etc on my own.

Maura


My dog never underwent pet therapy yet, but I think this is essential after surgery to keep the pet up and running