Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Comfort Dogs"

"Comfort Dogs" go to areas where assistance is needed.
These dogs are headed for tornado ravaged Oklahoma.
They help give therapeutic comfort to victims of illness 
or tragedy by relieving stress and offering positivity.
Their comfort has proven to be welcome and healing.
Pet Partners is a non profit organization, one of many
who offer therapy animals to those in need of comfort.
Both animals and handlers are trained in a variety
of therapy capacities and situations. They are also used 
in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, & other situations.

17 comments:

  1. i read they are sometimes used in trial situations to bring comfort to witnesses or victims - but some DAs don't like them as they feel they are distracting for jurors, etc. i can understand that as i'd be watching the pretty dogs getting petted instead of listening to details.

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    1. Some courts do allow them, others do not. They can help, though.

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  2. I knew there were comfort dogs, but didn't realize they did so many things. Thanks for the lesson.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. Animals are so comforting in so many ways.

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  3. Thank you for sharing about these wonderful animals and their people. Comfort dogs are amazing. They came to Newtown, Connecticut after the tragedy, and we had a number of friends remark that they really were comforted.

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    1. Absolutely! They helped in Newtown, as well as many other tragedies. A warm fuzzy is wonderful comfort.

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  4. I absolutely love this! It has been proven time and time again that animals often have a way of reaching people that are having a hard time when human intervention isn't enough. The affection of a dog, or a cat, can help heal a heart. Wonderful story, McGuffy Ann, thank you for sharing it with us!

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    1. This is important. I love animals, and this illustrates their wondrous powers. I am glad it spoke to you. I hope it speaks to others, too. I hope it brings awareness to some who could benefit from them.

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  5. Lucy and Roxie and I need a comfort dog!

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  6. Nice info piece. I volunteer to test therapy animals, mostly dogs but some cats, birds and once a pig, a few ferrets too, a chinchilla and a pygmy hedgehog. Fun all of them.

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  7. I knew about comfort dogs in nursing homes and hospitals, but I sure didn't realize the potential for other needs. How wonderful!

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  8. I love those quiet comfort dogs. They are so gentle and sweet, un-judgemental , don't expect anything back. They serve unconditionally. They are four legged angels.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. Wonderful that they are being put to service this way!

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  10. I like this, Ms. Mac. Adi and I were a Pet Partner Therapy Dog Team. We were registered and had to be recertified every two years.
    Adi was a very good dog (link)
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    I don't think I can add a Follow by e-mail as I am using the "Old Blogger" but perhaps I could. I will check. Thank you for asking about it.
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  11. Comfort dogs are so, so wonderful. I loved this video!

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  12. I didn't know about this side of therapy dogs, either. I sure makes a lot of sense, though. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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