Students Received Stress Relief at Carroll University

BaileyRose Patiently Waiting

BaileyRose Patiently Waiting

One male student hugged BaileyRose several times cause he missed his dogs (4) so much.  At another time, (same student) out of no where, he said, “this sure is great therapy all right”.  Another female student cried as she was petting BaileyRose cause she was missing her dog so much.  I had asked several students if they felt having therapy dogs there actually helped them,—it was an over whelming YES!  Also, ALL the students were so polite and caring around the dogs.  We love going to Carroll University.

Pet Partners Help Child with Cancer

Published in the December 2014 Issue of Pet Partners eNewsletter

ChildTANA BENNETT AND KIA – CALIFORNIA “Home for the holidays.”  A lovely sentiment, but unfortunately not possible for many seriously ill people.  Pet Partners therapy dog Kia, a 9 year-old Minature Schnauzer, and her handler Tana Bennett (also a licensed instructor and evaluator) helped one child achieve this goal — supporting research findings that animal-assisted interactions can be very therapeutic.  Anthony’s story is best told through this letter from his mother: Dear Pet Partners,   Thank you for this opportunity to share with you the joy your service has provided. My 11 year-old son Anthony was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer with metastasis to his right shoulder August 22, 2014. This diagnosis is among the most devastating as it falls into the 20% of childhood cancers that cannot be cured. We spent the next three months in San Francisco undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments for Anthony. The decision to come home in hopes of managing Anthony’s pain was difficult and scary. Having the Pet Partners team arrive to meet us within the week of getting home was awesome. The tumors in Anthony’s shoulder and abdomen cause hugs to be painful rather than a loving experience. However, when Kia came to visit, Anthony was able to pet her, cuddle and show affection without any pain. Anthony also did not use his pain pump during his visit with the dog. Anthony’s interaction with Kia provided much comfort to me as well watching my son experience this pain-free time.   Kori (Anthony’s Mom)  The photo above was taken just last week; Anthony is home and looking forward to the holidays.  We very much appreciate the incredible work of Kia and Tana, as we do all of our wonderful therapy animal teams.

 

Campus Stress Relief – Deck the Paws

Four BARCC teams had a wonderful time today on the campus of UW – Washington County in West Bend.  We spent 2 hours over the lunch hour with the students, giving them much appreciated distractions from their studies.  We know that petting a dog works wonders in reducing stress (and even blood pressure)!  The teams loved it – especially the loving attention given by the kind and polite students who stopped by.

Deck the Paws Visiting Teams

Deck the Paws Visiting Teams

Linda & Gracie

Linda & Gracie

McGee and Oreo with Pat

McGee and Oreo with Pat

Oreo at work

Oreo at work