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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A big thank you to everyone who took time from their busy schedules to join us at the 2016 PAW-STA Dinner in November. A special thank you is extended to the area businesses and individuals who supported the LVTD club through their donations. At the dinner some of our therapy dogs were available to greet our supporters while our members (handlers) were cooking in the kitchen and serving delicious pasta dinners in the dining room. Hope you will be able to join us at the Lehigh Lodge Rte 100 in Macungie PA on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00. For additional information, please all 610-428-4213. All proceeds to benefit Therapy Dogs.
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 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.