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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Please join us at our 2018 "PAW-STA" Dinner on Saturday, November 3rd from 4pm to 8pm. It will be held at the Lehigh Lodge (Route 100, Macungie PA 18062). Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the door. A few of the therapy dogs will be greeting you at the door while our members (handlers) cook in the kitchen and serve delicious "all you can eat" PAW-STA in the dining room. All proceeds to benefit therapy dogs. For more information, please call 610-428-4213. PS The dogs give a big "PAWS-up" for the meatballs.
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.
Our dogs are invited to area colleges and universities for their de-stress days. These days provide the students an opportunity to relax and interact with the dogs thus helping the students to take their minds off upcoming tests, the dogs they left at home and life in general. Our dogs have visited Cedar Crest College, De Sales University, Kutztown University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College.
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.