There’s a dog on my lap

Benny never waivered from his spot

Benny never waivered from his spot

One young girl does not like to be touched.

She avoids touching at all costs.

But she needs to be touched to assist her with daily living.

She cannot see.

Benny tried many positions until it was just right

 

She cannot feed herself.

She cannot bathe or dress herself.

She cannot speak.

Imagine not wanting to be touched when you have to be touched every moment of your life.

Then you are introduced to a dog of all things!

A small fluffy dog that just lies close to you.

Benny was so happy

Benny was so happy

A small dog that doesn’t bark or move or startle or frighten you.

A small dog that does not move closer or onto your skin or your legs or arms.

A small dog that likes to lie peacefully by your side ever so closely.
Kirby didn't get the same response as Benny did

Kirby didn't get the same response as Benny did

A small dog that one time moved just a bit closer.

And then a bit closer.

And then a bit closer.

Benny will have many more visits with his special friend

Benny will have many more visits with his special friend

One day You have a Dog on Your Lap!

And you don’t move away.

You actually move closer to that being on your lap.

What is it?

It is soft and warm and sweet smelling and calm.

It is a friend.

After many visits girl and dog decide this Sitting on Your Lap thing is pretty nice.

“I wonder what this thing feels like.” So a small hand reaches out.

First with guided assistance.

Then on her own.

A cognitive decision to reach out.

Tentatively, slowly.

After some time a second dog is introduced.

Wow, this one is bigger.

But just as soft, warm, calm, cuddly.

Can this young girl show a preference?

Can she make a decision?

Can she understand they are two different dogs?

She definitely has a favorite so that one very special dog becomes her friend and partner in this thing called “learning to touch.”

When the right facility blends with the right client and staff and the right animal assisted therapy teams are brought in – magic happens.