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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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  • Our Dogs at Work
Springtime

When springtime arrives, special visits spring up! Our dogs and their handlers can be found at egg hunts, festivals, college "de-stress" days, and school "Read to Pups" events in addition to their monthly visits to nursing homes, drop-in centers, hospitals and adult day cares. Do you have a well-mannered dog and an interest in sharing your dog with others?

Cops 'n Kids

Every spring, Cops 'n Kids in Bethlehem brings together kids and the community for a special afternoon celebrating reading, science and the arts. Our therapy dogs are always ready to listen to a story or two and to meet new friends.

BASD Mini Thon

The Bethlehem Area School District high schools, Freedom and Liberty, sponsor a 12-hour dance marathon which raises money for pediatric cancer research and treatment. No, our dogs do not dance but they do visit with the students during the students' rest break.

"De-Stress Days"

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.

Literacy Night and Read to Dogs at School

Many schools in the Lehigh Valley invite our dogs to visit. Children love to meet new furry friends, relax and read a story or two with them.

St. Jane Frances de Chantel School, April

Students practice their reading skills by reading to our visiting therapy dogs.

The Terrace at Phoebe

Several times a year our dogs have the pleasure of visiting residents of The Terrace at Phoebe in Allentown.

Devon House

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.

Our Dogs at Work

Our dog/handler teams visit a wide variety of locations and individuals throughout the Lehigh Valley. This album contains photos from individual events and special interest.

Lehigh Valley International Airport C.O.P.E.

Therapy dogs are know to exude a sense of calmness in all environments --- even at airports! C.O.P.E. (Canines Offering Passengers Encouragement) at the Lehigh Valley International Airport is one of the programs in which our dogs and handlers participate.

Scouts

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!