Summer Visits 2015

Our BARCC teams have had a very busy summer.  We started out by presenting our Dog Safety Programs in local grade schools.  After that, the R.E.A.D. teams listened to students read to them in the Dodgeland and Mayville Summer School sessions.  The emphasis on reading during the summer prepares the students (grades 1-3) for the fall semester reading challenges.  Because the summer school is open to both public and parochial students, it’s an opportunity for some of the students to read to the dogs even though their schools don’t have a R.E.A.D. program during the school year.

Dog Safety Teams at Richmond Elementary

Dog Safety Teams at Richmond Elementary

Dog Safety Programs

Dog Safety Teams at Richmond Elementary

Dog Safety Teams at Richmond Elementary

During April and May, our teams are scheduled to present our Dog Safety Programs in the elementary schools.  This spring, we are visiting schools in Beaver Dam, Mayville, Theresa and Merton.  Here is a photo from our visit this past week to Richmond School, where Marge runs a R.E.A.D. program.  We gave our program to 2 Kindergarten classes and each child was able to meet Oreo and Libby to practice how to approach a dog.  Fun!

Summer School R.E.A.D.

In June, our teams will begin volunteering at local summer school locations.  The children who participate will read to our dogs once or twice a week during the 4-5 week session.  The schools are always delighted to see the therapy dogs come in the door because we bring the love of reading to the children.  The 15 minutes the children spend with the dogs enhances their reading education during the summer so that they have a positive reading experience over the long summer break.

April Events

Happy April, everyone!  With the completion of most of our R.E.A.D. programs for the semester, this month kicks off the Dog Safety season for B.A.R.C.C. Therapy Teams.  Education about how to behave around animals is one of the purposes of our therapy group.  The grade schools willingly allow us to give short programs to introduce our therapy dogs to each child.  Following a short video or demonstration, each child is invited to “practice” how to approach a dog and interact with it.  Since there is such a demand for this service, our schedule of safety sessions will probably extend into the month of May.

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

R.E.A.D. is Welcome at Parkview

ParkviewREADDogs

Parkview READ Poster

In the hallway at Parkview Learning Center, you will find this wonderful display of the dogs that work in the R.E.A.D. program at the school.

Every Monday afternoon, three of these dogs spend an hour at the school listening to children read to them.  It’s a lot of fun for the children and the dogs!