Daisy, Lola and Honey Bunny are a few of the many dogs who are now officially certified therapy dogs.
The adorable pups wore caps and gowns as they celebrated their big accomplishment at Pet Partner’s 11th annual graduation ceremony.
These loving dogs will now take their talents to libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice centers in Mississippi. They will be able to bring smiles to people who feel like they don’t have much to smile about anymore.
It takes a special kind of dog to be a therapy dog. Aside from completing the training, the dogs must also have patience, and a calm and friendly demeanor. Of course not all dogs are suited to become therapy dogs, but these new graduates will be great at their job!
“Not every dog has the personality to be a therapy dog,” handler Carla Anderson of Pet Partners, told WLOX. Therapy dogs are born, they’re not made.”
Pet Partners has many success stories about therapy dogs they have trained in the past. One man was “brought back into reality” with the companionship of a therapy dog. They truly do have something about them that just makes people feel good inside.
This elderly woman with dementia hadn’t eaten or spoken in three days. But when a therapy dog was put on her hospital bed, the woman began to pet her and then started talking about her. This was the first time she has spoken in days. From that point on, she talked to her family again and even agreed to take her medicine.
Watch the new pup graduates in the video below:
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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