Ch Inverness Jagged Lace JH CGC, goes to the Montana State
Games Special Olympics in May. That week in Montana has now designated the
week of May 15th to honor the developmentally disabled. She is a therapy dog
with International Therapy Animals (ITA) based out of Salt Lake City Utah.
The local chapter in Bozeman has 60 dogs in the program. Lace frequents
nursing homes, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital visiting the chemo and dialysis
centers, and special events.
Animal assisted therapy started back during World War II, as a Corporal
William Wynne was recovering in an Army Hospital in the Philippines, his
pals brought his Yorkshire Terrier, Smoky, to the hospital to cheer the
soldier up. Smoky immediately became such a hit with the other wounded
soldiers that the Commanding Officer of the Hospital unit, Dr. Charles Mayo,
of the now famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, decided to take Smoky on his
rounds. Smoky’s work as a therapy dog continued for 12 years, during and
after World War II.
There are many organizations throughout the
nation that test for therapy animals. If your dog loves people and can pass
a AKC canine good citizen test your dog would probably qualify. To me the
one big difference to qualify for ITA therapy animal if your dog can not
re-act with a loud argument bumping by either a person walker or wheelchair.
ITA specialize in providing animal-assisted
therapy in the areas of physical, occupational, speech and psycho therapies,
as well as special education. Our mission is "enhancing quality of life
through the human-animal bond". Our motto is "Pets Helping People".
ITA volunteer program provides carefully screened therapy animals and
handlers (see FAQs section) who work with human service and health care
professionals to serve those in need.
They work with children and adults who are
physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled, as well as others who
can benefit from the unique qualities that interaction with an animal can
Members of Intermountain Therapy Animals are trained to provide
pet-facilitated therapy in hospitals, mental institutions, nursing
facilities, detention homes, extended care centers, and schools.
Here are just a few organizations to find out more about Animal Assisted
The Read program is part of ITA
The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of
children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves
children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful
method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are
registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a
team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading
companions for children.
Sometime it takes an animal to do the job.
At the heart of all Delta Society programs is a research foundation
which demonstrates that when animals are around, people's blood pressure
goes down, stress and anxiety levels are reduced, people feel less
lonely and less depressed, and they tend to be more social and community
Hope Animal assisted crisis dogs
Provide comfort and support to people affected by disasters, usually in
the recovery phase. Scientific evidence has shown animals are a positive
factor in helping people cope with traumatic events. HOPE AACR teams are
educated to be effective and professional while working in stressful,
Lace has been making visits for one year now.
Even though she is pregnant with Truman as the sire she continues her
This is a great way to promote German wirehair
pointers, and a very rewarding way for you and your dog to be a team
bringing joy into people's lives.
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