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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Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp is a one-day instructional clinic presented by Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. The camp is staffed by volunteer college coaches from across the country and all divisions. It is the largest one-day camp in the country, with over 325 college coaches donating their time and talents. All proceeds benefit Lauren's First and Goal Foundation, advancing pediatric brain tumor research and serving children battling childhood cancer. Our dogs and handlers are honored to be invited to participate in this event.
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.
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!
On the first Monday of each month a group of dogs visit the Devon House Senior Living facility in Allentown. Residents look forward to these visits and the visits by their favorite dogs. Many residents share stories of the dogs they had as children. Sometimes our dogs surprise the residents with different theme days like "Going to the Prom."