A new Story Time with the Love Dogs debuts

Boise had a great time reading with the children

Boise had a great time reading with the children

Over the years the Love Dog animal-assisted therapy program has established a wonderful relationship with a children’s therapy group in Las Vegas. We work with several clients weekly and have witnessed amazing breakthroughs with the children through the inclusion of the dogs in their therapy protocols.

Benny never gets tired of reading!

Benny never gets tired of reading!

Whether the children are living with physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive or learning challenges, the dogs are always able to add value to the therapy sessions.

Our amazing team

Our amazing team

This is where we work with Julian and Kaiden each week and may be introducing the Love Dogs to new children this year.

Learning to greet a dog

Learning to greet a dog

This week we introduced our Story Time with the Love Dogs to the facility and will continue to meet monthly. The response was very positive. Several dogs and several children came together to learn about dogs, perhaps experience dogs for the first time, work through a fear of dogs and read some fun stories about the dogs.

We could never do this without our wonderful volunteers

We could never do this without our wonderful volunteers

This extra day at the Center with the dogs and therapists creates a bridge between their traditional therapy work and alternate avenues to reach each child in a unique way.

Some children read stories and some were read to. Everyone interacted with the dogs and volunteers.

The Center staff welcomed the dogs and their handlers with open arms and understands the tremendous benefit of working with the pets.  I want to thank all of our volunteers for joining us at this first Story Time: Lisa Stagner and Boise, Lisa Costa, Teena Marshall, Susan Pierce, Shannon and Arabella Holman.

Such a beautiful moment

Such a beautiful moment

Our next Story Time is on October 5 and we will bring one or two more dog teams. As the program develops we can have as many as five or six dogs there!

This is a true example of Animal-Assisted Therapy whereby the clinical staff and volunteers work together to create unique and measurable therapies harnessing the animal’s incredible power.

Benny was allowed to give little kisses!

Benny was allowed to give little kisses!

Thank you to everyone for making Saturday such a success.