Thursday, September 20, 2018

Therapy Dogs spread happiness

Now that both Sophie and Scarlett are therapy dogs, along with Ryder, I have been visiting Nursing Homes twice a week.  Since it is still such a new environment for them, I have been taking them on separate days with Ryder, so he can "show them the ropes."  He is such a sweet, good-natured dog that he calms other dogs, along with the people we visit.


We have been visiting one of the Nursing homes on a regular basis for two years now, so the residents all love Ryder and really enjoy his visits.  They are starting to get to know Scarlett and Sophie, but Ryder is still their favorite.


Being able to visit the residents, and bring a smile to their faces, is an opportunity I am thankful for, as it is a chance to give back.  So many of the residents get few visitors, and having the collies stop in for petting and socializing breaks up the monotony of their day.  When they see the collies and call them into their rooms, their happiness is visible and it is also contagious.  When you and your dogs are able to make a small difference in someone's life, it is a reward that is priceless.


  1. How wonderful that you visit the nursing home so often. Thank you for making the residents feel good and smile!

  2. That is so wonderful and I know their hearts smile too when they see your sweeties! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  3. It certainly is a priceless gift that you are giving those people. It is amazing that you have three dogs who have been able to pass the therapy dog test. I am so impressed! Neither of our dogs has the type of personality that would be good for that kind of work :(

  4. What a wonderful thing you are doing with your dogs!! Thanks for visiting our post today, and for your comment. I only recently heard that dogs can be certified as Farm Dogs, that's so cool! I wanted to let you know as well that I fixed that link, and added an additional text link just in case. Thanks again!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  5. Mom and I feel the same way when we visit the VA. We aren’t changing the world, but we’re changing the day for the people we see. We bring smiles to them and they bring smiles to us!

    Love and licks,

  6. It is a special gift to be a therapy dog
    Hazel & Mabel

  7. it is wonderful that you bring a little joy to those who miss a furfriend... a dog or cat is the best medicine ever...

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