Recently, four BARCC therapy teams visited an area college right before finals. It wasn’t unusual to see 50 students in the room gathered around the dogs. We observed students petting, photographing, laughing, talking about their own pets and taking their minds off the next day’s finals. What a rewarding two hours as the dogs did what they do best – giving their love!
Today at the college in West Bend, many students came in to pet our dogs. One female student was on the floor petting BaileyRose for at least 20 minutes, the only reason she left was cause she had a class to go to. The inneraction with the students, us and our dogs was great!
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.