Denise Valdez of 8 News Now spent the morning with the Love Dogs at Edith Garehime Elementary School to learn about our reading program. This is our seventh year with the first graders at Garehime and every other week we spend half an hour learning “everything” dog and then the remainder of the class reading with the dogs. Everyone benefits – the students, the handlers and especially the dogs!
The College of Southern Nevada, Charleston campus, welcomed the Love Dogs once again and of course Fox 5 News wanted to be a part of the event. The students were waiting for our arrival and had a wonderfully peaceful time with the dogs. Thank you to Josie, George, Brittany and Petey for helping the students relax during exam time.
Watch these few clips and experience the visit with us.
The March/April 2016 issue of Pet Scene magazine ran a beautiful article about the Love Dogs and our work in the community – check it out on Page 29:
Channel 3 Las Vegas visited with the Love Dogs at UNLV and spent over an hour with us – couldn’t get enough dog!
The Love Dogs were honored to have been chosen to participate in a program for Telemundo that aired nationally celebrating animal rescue and adoption and the benefits of having a pet.
Here is a basic translation of the piece:
Pets help better one’s cardiovascular health, physical health, and mental health. They are also very beneficial to the elderly who live alone. Petey’s life is very different than that of any other dog. (Here they use the word “Perrito” which is a term of endearment meaning a small or cute dog). Petey does not have any teeth and a very small lower jaw, and he can hardly hear or see. He spends his time as a therapy dog working with children and special people in hospitals, schools and other places that need him. His mission is to make people smile
“This program is very beneficial. It lowers blood pressure and relaxes the patients.” says the director of the behavioral department at Southern Hills Hospital. Petey is not the only one. The organization Love Dog Adventures also has Benny and several other teams visiting the unit.
Sue Grundfest says this about Benny, who has some special issues himself: “He may act a bit differently than other dogs but this is why so many people, especially children, relate to him. He tries and so do they.”
These are therapy dogs but your own pet can be beneficial to your health. Owning a pet increases activity over those who do not have any and this can add years to your life.
Recent studies have shown that those who walk their dogs are about 12% more active than non-dog owners, thus raising ones level of activity. It can reduce your health to that of someone ten years younger. Pets also reduce stress: Owning pets raises one’s levels of Serotonin, which helps with maintaining a good mood.)
In the meanwhile, Benny and Petey will continue to bring happiness to those who need it.
College of Southern Nevada invited the Love Dogs to all three campuses this semester to help students deal with the stress of exams and school work. Several students interviewed our teams and here is their take on the visits:
BLVDS Magazine featured a beautiful piece on the Love Dogs in the May 2015 Downtown issue – check it out:
Jen Wahl, reporter for Channel 3 News in Las Vegas came to the Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada to film several live segments with the Love Dogs and students.
In the earlier part of the day we had hundreds of students and staff stop by to meet five dogs: Dash, George, Josie, Benny and Petey, Everyone agreed it was a very welcomed break in their day.
Here are two of the interviews that aired on Channel 3: