Christine Goodier, 66-years old, is totally deaf in one ear and is nearly deaf on the other. She is being aided by a 2-year old Labrador retriever named Raylene. The hearing dog from Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. serve to alert Christine whenever they are out in public as to what is going on around them.
Raylene was trained and matched with Christine after the 66-year old went through the extensive application process. The process included providing medical records, and a home visit by the organization’s representative.
None of this would have happened if it were not for Christine’s sponsors and the donations that were made.
Source: Dog helps woman cope with deafness
Sandy Suarez, a longtime therapy dog owner and the founder of the Plymouth-based organization Great Dane Rescue, is hoping that other dog owners are interested in joining her cause. She wants to help patients with the healing aura that therapy dogs bring.
Sandy is also the director of clinical services at Grace Hospital in Troy and wants other dog owners to bring in their certified therapy dogs (those that are certified by Therapy Dog Inc. or Therapy Dogs International) to help patients relax and feel comfort even at their most trying of times.
The biggest qualification that the director is looking for is a calm demeanor and a willingness to be loved. The pooches should also be able to provide emotional support.
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Daisy is the living legacy of Dana Esposito who died four years ago. The brawny red golden retriever now walks the halls of Holy Redeemer Hospital each Monday with her owner and mother of Daisy, Dolores.
The dog’s job is to bring comfort and relief to patients at the hospice. The 85-pound dog, which is decked out in a pink collar and clip-on bows, allows a patient to accept a lick, stroke her fur, or simply look into her calming eyes.
It was a tough battle that was fought for Daisy to roam the halls of hospices as it was very difficult to bring in a dog inside a hospital. That battle was won and was greatly appreciated by a lot of people.
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Fady Eid from Syria risked everything for his life and the life of his dog, Jack. It meant leaving his family and friends behind for him to travel across the globe to save their lives.
Two months ago, the two were in Syria but their lives were very different. Fady assumed the American name “Alex” while in Syria and has a passion for journalism. Not long after the crisis in Syria had started, his reports brought back threats from people. His home was even a victim of gunshots and nearby bombings.
The man and dog duo was saved by Trevor Reeves from America’s Dog Pit Bull Rescue. Trevor helped them fly halfway across the globe for a more peaceful life.
Corporal Matt Hatala spent four years serving in active duty in the Marine Corps. The soldier was paired with Sergeant Chaney, a detection dog for improvised explosive devices. The pair had a bond and the soldier even cried when the two separated.
After two long years of processing, the pair reunited as the veteran successfully adopted Chaney as his service dog. The two volunteer for Retrieving Freedom which they help other veterans. Although the dog is not properly trained to become a certified service dog, he still knows the importance of having a companion.
A golden retriever and also an honorary member (and mascot) of the 12th Cavalry Association named Jethro has travelled with his owner, Raymond St. John, in counselling as many as 1,000 veterans from coast to coast.
The dog also sits on the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Patient Care Centered Committee and the Mental Health Executive Council, and attends to numerous veteran support groups. The dog’s owner is also a veteran and previously suffered from PTSD. Without the golden retriever’s help, he would still have that disorder.
The dog has been considered nothing short of a fearless ambassador, diplomat, and companion.
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The MTA-ELTE Research Group in Hungary held a recent study that shows dogs can understand and even react to human emotions. Attila Andics, a researcher from the group, explains that our pet pooches can process social information by using similar brain mechanisms as we humans do. The researcher conducted why we consider our dogs “Man’s Best Friend.”
An MRI brain scanner was used in order to examine how a human and a dog react to emotions. The researchers found out that dog and humans have “voice areas in similar locations.” Dogs are even known to be exceptionally good at reading human emotions that they are used to help patients in therapy.
Source: Dogs Understand Emotions Like Humans New Study Shows
Many veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have discovered a unique kind of help in dogs. Being with dogs enable them to cope and get back with normal life. Specially trained service dogs acts as a guide or emotional companion to war veterans who are suffering from the disorder.
PTSD can develop after a person has been through a terrifying ordeal or an event that has been very traumatizing with fear and stress as consistent catalysts. A person suffering from the disorder will have a “fight or flight” response that will be triggered even if there is no presence of danger is within the surrounding area.
These special dogs will whine, bark, press their warmth against the leg, or simply stay with the veteran whenever the person loses their composure.
A three-and-a-half year old German Shepherd named Idol is quite the celebrity for war veterans. The dog itself is a fellow war veteran and has been opening up the hearts and minds of other veterans in the Silver Lake Assisted Living Facility in Leesburg.
People are seeing smiles in the hospice as soon as the dog walks up to a nearby veteran. The dog now lives in Leesburg with his new owner, Missy Ziler. Ziler coordinated with Cornerstone Hospice to train the dog into becoming a certified hospice therapy dog for patients.
The dog is a blessing to each and every one within the facility.
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Nancy Diepenbrock started training her golden retriever named Quincy to become a therapy dog ever since her retirement started. The woman is energetic but that is all thanks to her dog. Every time the woman will visit her pooch, Quincy will lean his body against Nancy then the dog puts his head on his owner’s knee.
The woman explains that it is amazing how many people will open up to a therapy dog. Nancy visited a woman before who had trouble verbalizing things. However, when the woman started petting Quincy, the words “oh, good dog” came out.
Nancy states that dogs can touch your hearts in places that you did not know had an emptiness.
Source: Nancy and Quincy: A Therapy Dog Story