The rewards of pet therapy are great, sometimes very moving. An employee at the hospital motioned Daisey & I to come into her office today. We must have spent 20 minutes with her, while she was petting Daisey and explaining that she had just lost her husband a couple of month’ s ago from cancer. It got quite emotional and I think she just needed to talk to someone who wasn’t involved in it. This conversation all started when she asked how Daisey’s health was, since she is 11 years old. I explained briefly about her bout with cancer last year and that opened her up. Later on, when we were about to leave the floor, she came & gave me a hug and final pet to Daisey, saying she just had to get some things out & how much better she felt. I know we “did good” today! Days like today, make you realize why we do the training, the bathing and all the other things we do to keep ourselves & fur friends ready.
Pet therapy is a rewarding experience but sometimes, the reward doesn’t come right away. I am the site evaluator for B.A.R.C.C. I was conducting an evaluation in Fond du Lac recently. As I was presenting our mission and goals to the staff & their clients, I was looking around at everyone and realized that I knew one of the clients from a facility that I and my pet, Daisey, use to visit on a regular basis. That facility closed and their clients moved to other locations. When I asked her “do you remember me?”, she replied “I remember Daisey”. This was at least 2 years ago and it was so rewarding to hear that this individual still remembered our visits.