Pet Therapy Visits

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Today was a fantastic PAT visit. Dahlia did overtime, and could have kept going, but don’t want to burn her out. She has a definite preference for men..lying in bed and offering her tummy for scratching..so out of character. She also played with several of the residents, and held “court”. All these residents sitting around the bench we were on, going from person to person. One of her best successes today was a resident terrified of dogs…but she slowly reached out her hand, tentatively patting her on the head, and then it happened. That magical moment when she confidently opened her hand and started stroking away. Marveling at how soft and silky she is, and smiling! And her first room visit with a new resident. He lay on that bed, playing with her, and giggling like a schoolgirl.  Who needs expensive studies that tell us that dogs make our lives better?  Perhaps the cost is a toll on the pet’s part. Dahlia’s head is getting so big she won’t be able to hold it up pretty soon!

Bessie the self brushing dog..or How A Dog Can Make You Laugh Daily.

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Sometimes I am amazed at how clever a dog can be, but this one is a first for me.  Bessie is a very sensual dog, always  ready a belly rub. She even goes into public places and throws herself on her back so people can give her what she wants. It doesn’t matter where..big box store, nursing home, business offices.  Over the past 2 weeks we have been more diligent about daily brushing, and now when I put the brush down on the couch, she turns it bristles up, and then rubs her cheeks on it.  After she is finished with that phase of her grooming, she moves on to her back areas, and, while lying on her back, uses her hind legs to slide herself over the brush. Usually by that time I am finding her so darn cute I will go back to helping her out, since it is hard for her to do her back herself. Imagine what she could do with opposable thumbs!