Category Archives: Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs are sensitive at many levels and they can share many stories and many emotions. Read more about the many therapy dogs in my class and in my life.

SPAM vs. The Foodie

I went to visit Gothic Eleanor of Aquitaine today.  Ellie is an eight-year old English Mastiff with a significant underbite and a tongue too long for her mouth. With a golden coat and a huge body and head, she always … Continue reading

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Out of the Ravine

During my therapy dog classes, I teach two concepts that can be difficult to balance: be a leader and trust your dog. The first implies that you are in charge and the second requires that you know when to cede … Continue reading

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Harley’s World

Harley led me out of a mental ravine today. My day was busy but unproductive. I was pensive, but off-kilter. You know those days when you feel like everyone can see right through you? Your thoughts are unguarded and laid … Continue reading

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Remembering Travis 3 of 3: “How Will I Know When It’s Time?”

I work with a lot of senior dogs and it’s a question I’ve heard many times.  And I always answer the same way, “He’ll tell you when he’s ready. Trust your dog.” Intellectually, I know it’s good advice, but when … Continue reading

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Remembering Travis 2 of 3: Harley Pulls Us Through

As Kathy mentioned in her guest post, Travis is struggling. And, quite frankly, so are we. We’re both very aware of how sensitive Harley is to our moods so we try to keep the tears, frustration and fears in check … Continue reading

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A Double Merle Hello

Last week in our therapy dog class, we talked about how dogs experience the world through smell.  We discussed what the nose looked like anatomically, what purpose each part of the nose served and how the brain sifted through the … Continue reading

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