Friday, January 15, 2010

Jan 15/10: Working Dogs


Jan 15/10: Working Dogs, originally uploaded by susanvg.

I went with a friend to a nursing home to play music for her mother who is 101. While we were there the weekly visit of these dogs happened. I was told that they belong to Zoothérapie Québec, an organization that arranges visits by dogs to a variety of long term care facilities. (The website is only in French). The dogs live with families, get evenings and weekends off, but otherwise work during the week. The effect of the visit was obvious. People who had been sitting expressionless broke out into smiles. Maggie, On Mme D's lap enjoyed the attention. Elvis, calmly waited his turn to be the centre of attention. The dogs patiently sat on laps, nuzzled with the patients and brought a sense of joy and calm. What a pick-me-up on an otherwise grey day!

Maggie

7 comments:

  1. Pet therapy is amazing. You can't help but smile when you've got a pup in your lap. The dogs they use and the people who train them have a very special gift.

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  2. Music and pets have an uplifting effect on all of us and certainly give elderly people a boost. What a satisfying feeling to be able to bring the joy of music to these senior folk.

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  3. Great images - amd what a fantastic idea.

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  4. Hi Susan, What adorable pooches - I wonder what breed they are? My friend does pet therapy with her Golden. I've been hearing a lot about elders over 100 this week. One of my nurses at the hospital had an uncle who is 110! Another blogger friend visited a friend who was 102 (also in Canada).

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  5. Thanks for capturing these special moments! Do the dogs have any idea how much benefit they provide I wonder???

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  6. I've heard of programs such as these. Seeing the photos really brings home the importance of this simple therapy.

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  7. This post brought a smile to my face. The dog in the photo looks very similar to mine, and she's a Maltese cross Shih-Tzu. She's a lovely, friendly dog who loves people.

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