"It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?" Eleanor H. Porter, from Pollyanna
Riley came to Ruth Andrick through Cavalier Rescue of Florida five years ago, in need of the love and attention that many of our rescue dogs do. In six months, Tanner would join them, sickly but saved from a shelter. Later, April, a scared puppy mill momma rounded out the clan.
Yet this is not about rescued dogs merely finding a new life and healing with a loving family, for that is only where this story starts. Riley, now 13, Tanner, eight, and April, four, have returned the favor by becoming certified AKC Therapy Dogs.
A Therapy Dog is not to be confused with Service Dogs, the esteemed canine partners that are specially trained to see for the blind, assist the disabled, or recognize medical conditions like an impending seizure or changes in insulin levels. Therapy dogs are the canine equivalent of mental health professionals, providing comfort, emotional support, and healing . . . Read More