Sometimes the Love Dogs are invited to speak to large groups and sometimes the groups are quite small.
One of our favorite visits recently was to a local 4-H club called the The Glowing Clovers. The objective of 4-H is Youth Development. Students pick projects they want to study and learn about over the course of a year. They submit a portfolio of their learning and accomplishments at the end of the year which is judged against other students’ work. They can earn awards for their portfolios.
This particular 4-H group meets monthly and the Love Dogs were invited to share their experiences about animal therapy and teach the students what it takes to become a Pet Partner therapy team and Love Dog member.
The 4-H stands for Heart, Hands, Head and Health and this group was so interested in hearing about the Love Dogs. Many of them have pets of their own and some are even raising more exotic animals such as goats and alpacas. But they still were thrilled to have a room full of dogs!
It was especially fun for us because one of the members of the club is a Love Dog handler herself. She just graduated with her dog and was so proud to bring in “her” team.
We had several dogs with us and each of us shared our stories about our dogs and what we do as volunteers. Many of the students had never heard of animal assisted therapy and had some very good questions.
After an hour with the Love Dogs, I bet many of students have new aspirations of becoming therapy handlers one day!