A full day of therapy

Elvis and me at my sister's retirement party, while visiting the VA care center.

Elvis and me at my sister’s retirement party, while visiting the VA care center.

We put in a full day of therapy work today and the guys did a great job even though the snow and cold weather has them, to put it mildly, “highly invigorated”. Sophie was hopping and woofing like a pup and Elvis did his best to take me into every room we passed. Since I added the Veterans Administration (VA) care center to our list of monthly visits, it’s become an all-day event.

We visit three facilities each month and it’s more work than I want one dog to do, so I take one dog on morning visits and the other on afternoon visits. Today was Sophie’s turn for morning visits and the residents seemed to crave her company and were happy to just stroke her head and back if not to visit. Following today’s visit, it’s clear that I need to brush up on my Spanish.

It was Elvis’ turn to visit the VA care center today and as it turned out, they were throwing my sister a retirement party. As for the residents, I don’t know the history or day-to-day struggles but following our visit, I was told that Elvis had a great impact on some of them. He brought those who needed it most, out of their shells and they really opened up with him.

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5 Responses to A full day of therapy

  1. jenniesisler says:

    I have a friend who’s bipolar and I swear his dog helps him through the rough spots more than any of us humans can. Who doesn’t need the love of a sweet dog at some point? I saw my neighbor’s pit bull/lab (would that make it a plab? lol) this morning and her sheer love of life is infectious. How can you not feel better when you see a dog’s pure love of life and love of people?


  2. 2browndawgs says:

    It is so wonderful to hear about your therapy work. 🙂


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