Cub Scouts Pack 37 in Henderson invited the Love Dogs to speak with them about how animals help people. It was a wonderful hour with four dogs leading the way.
We discussed the difference between service dogs and therapy animals. The easiest way to explain the difference is to remember that Service Dogs help their owners by performing a task or alert to aid with a disability, while Therapy Dogs help others as volunteers with their owners.
Then we talked about all the various jobs dogs can do.
And they learned that dogs can have the same issues humans can have such as cancer or becoming blind or diabetic. So they understood that we must always Be Cool, Not Cruel with everyone we meet.
And we never leave a visit without teaching the children the proper way to greet a new dog so all the children got to come up and greet each dog by asking first, having the dog sniff their hand and then petting where the owners suggests.
The children were all given a folder with information about service and therapy dogs, how to greet a dog and the dog’s trading cards.
We hope they remember this visit and teach other children how to be around dogs and love all living beings.