February marks our fourth month as Charleston residents. I’ve purposely and cautiously waited to find the pawfect therapy program for Harley. Today I am thrilled to announce that we’ve set our sights on Pet Therapy at MUSC…
The Medical University of South Carolina has a new and innovative pet therapy program that I believe pairs well with Harley’s gift and purpose. #andhesgottouseit
TWO TYPES OF PET THERAPY –
- Animal Assisted Activities – a “meet & greet” type of program which Harley has done before.
- Animal Assisted Therapy – utilizes therapy dogs to personally assist the patients.
An AAT dog (animal assisted therapy) can be requested to visit with a patient as a calming technique to help bring the patient’s BP down. Meet Lucky who is one of many MUSC “Hairy Heroes”…
AAT dogs are also often used in their children’s hospital. I hope to volunteer there with Harley. I think he would do extremely well giving out GOLDEN hugs & DOODLE kisses to little humans #likeLucky…
The 2016 Spring Volunteer Application will be available Monday, February 22nd. I plan to submit Harley’s application so we can begin the process. Paws crossed we are accepted. 🐾
In the meantime, I decided to teach Harley simple sign language commands in the event we meet a special human who is not able to speak.
Here are the signs he’s learned so far –
Jaxson is still a little too young #mindbodyandsoul
Therefore I will wait another year before training for certification. He shows great promise though, he’s picked up the sign language commands just as fast as Harley #smartdoodle
Click here if you’d like to learn more about MUSC’s pet therapy program.
We pawmise to keep you posted #punintended as we go through this process.
Have a wonderful weekend – We’ll be back here on Monday