I’d like to thank the SCOA (Spinone Club of America) for recognizing Elvis’ therapy work with a Certificate of Achievement for his AKC Therapy Dog Advanced title.
Two days after receiving his certificate, Elvis assisted in a patient’s physical therapy. Ok, all he had to do was lay on the floor, but during our therapy visit, a physical therapist who was working with the patient asked Elvis to lie on the floor. The patient then had to lean over and pet Elvis as a means of helping her regain balance.
Elvis’ certificate of Achievement
Sophie and Elvis with their Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) scarves and American Kennel Club (AKC) therapy patches.
Elvis and Sophie earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) therapy titles, and are now officially Darby Canyon Elvis Murphy, THD and Sophie Taz Murphy, THD.
Friday was our day for therapy work and we picked up a new facility, giving Elvis four visits for the morning. However I was unable to take Sophie on the afternoon visit, since the activity director and staff for that facility was out with the flu.
The guys continue making an impact on the residents they visit. An individual at one of the facilities is afraid of dogs but this past Friday, after several years of our visits, asked to give Elvis treats; I keep a small container of Goldfish crackers in my therapy bag for such occasions. Although Elvis sniffed the crackers, he didn’t take any, but it was a breakthrough just the same.
Elvis reached 52 therapy visits Friday, qualifying him for his AKC Therapy title. Sophie is three visits behind at 49, and I plan on filling out the paperwork for their titles after next month’s visits.