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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As the leaves begin to change colors and the temperatures become cooler, our autumn visits include outdoor events such as wellness fairs and walks, as well as visits to schools, libraries and colleges. Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays are celebrated with residents at various facilities. And, the dogs are always ready to greet guests at our annual "PAW-sta Dinner" held on the first Saturday of November.
Please join us at our 2019 "PAW-STA" Dinner on Saturday, November 2nd 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 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.
Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs were available for that special human/dog interaction as walkers gathered to participate in the Greater Lehigh Valley 'Out of the Darkness' Community Walk. The annual walk raises awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.
Throughout the year we receive many invitations to speak at Girl Scout and Boy Scout meetings. At the meetings we talk about the difference between therapy dogs and service dogs as well as the requirements for a pet to become a therapy dog. Of course, at the end of the presentation our dogs love spending some "therapy" time with the scouts!
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.
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.