Baker and I are training to become registered to do pet therapy at our local hospital. As we have studied for the test, we have learned there is a lot more to pet therapy than meets the eye! I recently had the opportunity to “shadow” some pet therapy teams as they visited the Children’s Hospital. Of course, Baker is not allowed in the hospital until he has passed the test, which we hope to take soon. For me, this visit was a chance to measure my own emotions when visiting patients. “Our volunteers love visiting the kids, but it’s not all fun and games,” the pet therapy coordinator had warned. (more…)
Archive for June, 2011
My father is 97 and I am very blessed to still have him in my life. In spite of failing eyesight and the mobility challenges of old age, he is always eager to visit. Today we will celebrate at our mountain cabin, where he loves the fresh air and being enclosed by the woods. He’s always loved dogs, and as he sits in a rocking chair on the deck, there will no doubt be a spaniel on each side, getting a head rub. Here, he’s pictured with Alex. I treasure our time together.