What a heart-warming surprise I had today. During the time the student was reading to my dog, he stopped and said, “I am so excited today, I just can’t stand it.” I asked him why and he said, “because I can read to BaileyRose (my dog.) Later he turned to me and said, “I like you, old people are so polite,” He was a joy to be reading to BaileyRose.
Last week BaileyRose and I visited hospice patients in FDL. What a warm feeling in my heart to see the patient’s faces light up when they see Bailey. They want to pet her, ask questions about her, etc, all the while talking to her. I never know who loves the visit the most–me, BaileyRose or the patients. Whoever it is, it is very rewarding for all.
A first grader was reading to my dog, BaileyRose. Each time after reading two pages, he showed BaileyRose the pictures on those two pages. He also put his four books on the floor and asked BaileyRose to pick the book she liked. At the end of the session, he said, “I like reading to your dog.” He was eager to read the next book BaileyRose had picked out for him.
Deja visits residents and physical therapy clients at a local nursing home. Last week, a couple of new therapy patients met her for the first time. We talked about the beautiful fall weather and how much we all love dogs. We can’t wait to go back!
Gracie had a wonderful introduction to Parkview last week. We had a great room and she loved listening to the children read.
Five of our BARCC teams (dog and handler) were re-evaluated this past Saturday for Intermountain Therapy Animals registration. All five teams passed with flying colors! Our teams are required to be tested every two years to be sure the handler and animal are still providing excellent service to the people we visit. There are many things to remember for both handler and dog. The dog must remember basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come, leave it, walk and stop. He or she must also be ok with rough petting, noisy people, wheelchairs, walkers, brushing and examination by a stranger (the evaluator). The handler must remember to protect and advocate for the dog, know how to approach someone in a wheelchair, teach others how to approach the animal and continually interact appropriately with groups of people. It’s a little nerve wracking, but it’s a group effort to participate in the evaluation scenarios and encourage the teams. Congratulations to Diane and Camper, Bob and Kona, Lynne and Oreo, Darlene and BaileyRose and Dar and Betty Boop!