Canine Companions Help Heal the Soul

Take your dog to work day

Finally a day I can get behind:  “Take Your Dog to Work Day” is June 20th. 2014. 

Although, I have to say I have mine with me daily, since I have the luxury of working from a home office.  I spend my work hours with three faithful companions by my side.

 I understand that most places of work are no places for dogs: construction sites, factories, or any place where there is access to unlimited amounts of food. 

In a general office setting though, I imagine they could provide some entertainment, inspiration and being generally uplifting.  In today’s stressful work place, who couldn’t appreciate that?

service dogs






Their contributions to persons in need however can go way deeper.  Dogs have been commonly trained to assist the blind.  Those duties have been extended to assistance with other disabilities, even detecting seizures.  These animals are the constant companions to their owners and who could ever doubt the emotional comfort this provides.

  Cletus gets diploma for Josh Kelly  

One such dog, Cletus, received the diploma in place of his owner, Joshua Kelly, who had unfortunately passed away just prior to graduation as reported in the Boise Weekly.

nursing home therapy dogThe next logical progression from assistance dogs was to develop therapy dogs.  These specially trained canines have responsibilities such as: visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes.

One special organization, Therapy Dogs, Inc. has this mission: “Our objective is to form a network of caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike.”

So, if you are a healthcare administrator here is why you should consider inviting therapy dogs into your facility and the hearts of your staff and patients:

Researchers and experts agree that pets can assist those with depression.

It can increase the patient’s desire to open up and communicate.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera

Patients in long term care facility are often lonely and bored. How invigorating it must be to have a therapy dog therapy dog

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”

― Charles M. Schulz

Studies have shown a decrease in both blood pressure and stress levels during therapy dog visits.

It is a time to be distracted from their infirmaries, reminiscing about their own happy pet memories. 

 “Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”
― Dean Koontz, False Memory