The following blog has been updated with a couple of corrections.
Elvis met Glory this past Friday during his visit to the Idaho State Veteran’s Home. This was Glory’s second month as a staff member, following months of training as an Emotional Support Dog.
She’s a beautiful white 11-month old Labradoodle who is still adjusting to life in a care facility with many distractions and many people. Glory has met a number of small dogs but Elvis is by far the largest dog she’s met, and was intimidated by him. However Elvis being his calm, cool, collected self gave her space and she did better after a walk through the halls with him.
The VA home had been researching the benefits of Emotional Support Dogs prior to getting Glory, and she was selected partly because being a Labradoodle, residents who are allergic to dogs wouldn’t be affected by her fur. We will still continue our therapy visits but Glory, being at the VA Home every day, can provide much more therapy than our short monthly visits.
Glory has already had a big impact on residents suffering from PTSD, their anxieties and stress are greatly reduced while spending time with her. And as Glory spends more time with Elvis, she should become more comfortable being around other large dogs.