The Coffee Chat topic this week is, “What have you never done, but would like to do now?” Whether we are going out of our comfort zone or finally finding comfort where we are, this is an interesting question. Please join us at Les’s blog Ink Interrupted.
I am at the stage of my life where I have either done things that I wanted to do, or no longer want to do some of the things I thought I wanted to do. Along the way, there were many unplanned things that I did. However, I now know myself and try to choose wisely.
To be honest, I learned from everything that I did. There were usually reasons for many things that I did. With reasons, there are usually lessons, too. Things that I thought I wanted to do often evolved into something else.
I always wanted to be a nurse. Health and circumstances prevented that from happening when I had the opportunity. However, I did become a nurse for animals when I was a veterinary technician. I still use those skills in animal rescue. This is a good example about life changing us and consequently, what we do.
Along those lines, I have thought I would like to have Stella certified as a therapy dog. I know how beneficial pets are to my well-being. I know others feel this way, too. I have seen how therapy dogs can liven up nursing home residents. Many of these people have had pets. They miss that companionship, unconditional love and acceptance.
Stella could also visit places like assisted living facilities, hospitals, schools, and other groups. She could bring her positive energy to those who need it. She is a special dog, and we are very proud of her.
Stella did not have a good life before we adopted her. She was surrendered to a Sheltie Rescue when she was 2 ½ years old. When she came to us, she had no confidence and had never felt unconditional love. She did not even know how to play. As we worked with her and trained her, she blossomed. She realized that she could do things that would make others happy, and this made her very happy. Stella was inspired!
Stella is always calm, polite, and very approachable. She will sit at people’s feet and look up at them while they talk to her. She will shake hands with people she meets. Stella also has learned that she has a voice. She will “speak” only when asked to, or when it is absolutely necessary. This is unusual for a Sheltie to learn at the age of three years. (Most Shelties start to use their voice while still tiny pups; getting them to stop can be most difficult!)
Before Stella, I had never thought of doing animal therapy with people. She is five years old now. Watching Stella grow into herself, full of joy and life was amazing. Stella found love and comfort with us, and now she seeks to share these gifts with others. I am inspired to help her to do just that.