Those of us who see these dogs do their “work”, don’t really understand exactly how they do what they do. Maybe it’s in the way they wag their tail and act happy when they see you… Maybe it’s the way they snuggle up against you to get closer when they sense that you want to hug them… Maybe they gently kiss you because they feel your tenderness… They react to you, as you react to them, with no conditions nor demands for their love. Maybe it’s all of these things together. Whatever “it” is, it has been proven that it can make a profound difference for someone when such a connection is made.
If you think back to your childhood days, you may remember a certain stuffed teddy bear or a special blanket that helped you feel warm and secure when you hugged them. Therapy dogs are that teddy bear or blanket… warm and real, and when you hug them, they hug you back…..
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The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University had a very active season this summer. With four shows to open in four weeks, it can get a little intense for the artists, stage crew, staff and volunteers. Our dogs were honored to be invited to provide a few moments of "furry de-stress" to this talented group.
First graders at Executive Education Academy had two very important questions: What do therapy dogs do? How are they different from service dogs? Members from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs were invited to the school to answer these questions and others as they shared their dogs with the students and staff at a first grade assembly. After the assembly, the dogs and their handlers visited classrooms and listened to the children read.
Reading to dogs is fun! Dogs are wonderful listeners and they create a relaxed atmosphere where children can practice their oral reading skills while petting a friendly dog. Our dogs and their handlers have been invited to many public libraries throughout the Lehigh Valley. Some are located in Allentown, Easton, Emmaus, Kutztown and Parkland.