After getting Pitch's TDI, I was a bit hessitant on bringing him out, even though he had no problem passing the tests. He is a very happy Lab, and at 96#'s, can be a bit silly. I finally got over my fear, and found a nursing home to take him too. We arrived today, and he fit right in. I kept him in complete control. He was like a sponge soaking up all the love they had to offer. They never had a therapy dog there before, so this was new for both of us.
He brought smiles to everyones face that met him, and even brought a smile to a womans face that had not smiled in a couple of years. Just that alone made it all worth while. There was one man that sat on the floor, and wanted to cuddle up with Pitch. Pitch just loved every minute of it. I am looking forward to next month to do this all over again.
I told the nursing home, if then needed me to come back sooner, especially for that one woman that smiled for the first time in many years, I am a phone call away. Just thought I would share! Just beaming with pride right now
Sounds like Pitch did fantastic!
What a wonderful thing for you to do!
That is just great, it is such a rewarding experience isn't it, I love it.
Well done Pitch
"some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree!"
Kate mom to Jed Jasmine and Joelly
That's such a heartwarming post! Way to go, Pitch!
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Way to go Pitch, I am so proud of you and your mama, Daisy hopes to follow in your footsteps!
Daisy, Hayshaker She's Utterly Unforgettable, CGC
Lola, our mellow yellow gal. Gotcha on 1-7-07
That is great. WTG Pitch! High Paw!
Blackie and Ranger ...............................Reggie: 1996-2010 "Fly Reggie Fly"
Aw, this made me beam with pride FOR you!
I admire those who do therapy work with their dogs so much. I think most people might not know how truly difficult it is to pass these tests, but I am here to tell you it's a HUGE accomplishment!
I took a therapy class with Simon, and we ended up going on vacation the week of the test, but no matter: I feel quite sure he would not have passed had we stayed home to take it.
It's just such a great thing to do with your dog, if they have the knack for it. Your story about making the lady smile who hadn't smiled in two years...now that's what it's all about. BIG congratulations to both of you.
Aww that is absolutely amazing!! It's so great how much of a difference a dog can make in people, especially those that are sick or sad.
Great job you guys!!!! I have had 3 Therapy Dogs and loved working with every one of them. You dont realize what an impact you make on these people's lives. Thank you for doing this! You are awesome!!!
Mom to Indy 6/12/98 to 11/16/11 (always in my heart), and Jobe 8-14-2000 to 6/24/2013 (Working TDI) English Labs, and Annie our Golden Retriever (TDI), and Kodiak (who will one day hopefully be a TDI dog if he doesn't kill me first).