Dogs are awesome. Ferguson is one of our granddogs. He also is a Therapy Dog. Amy spent a lot of time at Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, FL recovering from a brain aneurysm so she picked this way to give back to them by taking Ferg to the hospital to meet patients.
When Amy would go for rehab, they referred to it as “going to school.” So now Ferguson “goes to school” once a week with Amy and they visit patients solely for the patients to pet Ferg and get a sloppy wet kiss (on the hand – from Ferg – well maybe Amy too, she hasn’t said.)
Not just any dog can be a Therapy Dog, there is a rigorous screening by trainers for both the dog and the handler. Neither one can bite. Licking, OK, biting, no.
SIL (Saint Todd deCubbville) is an electronical wizard, so today Ferg is in the Christmas Spirit and is decorated with Christmas lights. I’m a little shocked that he isn’t decked out in LED’s since that is Saint Todd deCubbville’s latest kick!
UPDATE: turns out this was a visit to a “real” school. Ferguson also goes to an elementary school and kids read to him. That’s it… Ferg sits and pants, the kids read. It’s been a huge success with slow readers getting lots of confidence because the dog doesn’t care about their reading “problems.”