Meet Our “Therapist”!
USA — April 30th is National Therapy Animal Day. This special day has been set aside to appreciate the service, companionship, loyalty, and medical benefits therapeutic animals bring to the lives of people they visit with. Therapy animals aren’t just dogs. Cats, horses, rabbits, pigs, birds, llamas and alpacas are among the other animals that can participate in this type of program.
We will be celebrating our very own Therapy Animal, Honey, a 9 yr old Havanese, who has been a Therapy Animal since she was a pup at a local hospital. She is the third TFI Envision, Inc. dog to participate in animal assisted therapy with their human counterpart, Elizabeth P. Ball, President/Creative Director of TFI Envision, Inc. The first dog was Grizz Lee (on the left), followed by Dizz Lee (on the right), both Wheaten Terriers.
WONDERING IF YOUR DOG MIGHT BE….
Wondering if your dog might be a candidate to become a Therapy Animal like our Honey? Take this short quiz from Pet Partners, the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interventions.
1. Welcomes, not just tolerates, interactions with new people
2. Is confident and well-behaved in new situations, around unusual equipment, and when meeting strangers of different ages, races and genders
3. Is comfortable around crowds, activity, and noise
4. Is able to be greeted, petted (sometimes clumsily), and hugged without jumping, cowering, barking or biting
5. Would tolerate being bathed, brushed, and having his nails clipped in preparation for visits
6. Consistently follows cues for sit, down, and stay even when there are distractions
7. Moves nicely on a leash through groups of people and past other friendly animals
8. Is able to avoid sniffing or picking up interesting items when asked to “leave it”
If you answer Yes to most of these questions, you can find more information about becoming a certified therapy animal team, at:
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org