November 24th 2008 8:28 am
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Canine Hope Therapy Dogs has a diverse membership of dogs. There are small dogs like Yorkies, Poms, and Maltese and large dogs like Great Danes and St Bernards. Young dogs and young at heart dogs. They are all special and unique, but there is one group that we are the most proud of and that is the group of dogs that were once rescues and now are Therapy Dogs changing lives just as their life was changed.
Rescue dogs sometimes actually make the very best Therapy Dogs. They've often overcome hardships, just like many of the people you will visit. They often have special needs, just like the people you will visit. They have stories, just like the people you will visit. They had hope, just like those you will meet have hope. They have love to give , just like the people you will visit.
A great example of a rescue that is now a Therapy Dog is "Promise". Promise was saved by animal control from a dog fighting raid near Memphis. He was going to be used as a "bait" dog and was only 6 months old. He had been mutilated by his captors. They cut his ears completely off at the base of his head so the fighting dogs would not grab his ears, but rather his throat. I actually took in Promise when the shelter called me. I didn't even ask to see a picture, I just said "Yes, I'll take him" and didn't know what condition he would be in. I drove over 4 hours to meet someone that was bringing him to me. As soon as I saw him, I dropped to my knees beside him, wrapped my arms around him and said "I promise no one will ever hurt you again, baby." I wanted to make sure that would always be true and so I named him "Promise". Promise goes into children's classrooms and teaches things that other dogs could never do as well. Promise, the dog with no ears, teaches children that being different makes you beautiful, that because you are different it often leads you to special paths. He teaches empathy, he makes children laugh with his tricks, he warms your heart just by petting him, he fills you with love and compassion when you hear his story. He fills his owner's heart, the one that gave him a forever home, with experiences and blessings he could never have imagined.
There are other dogs like Promise, dogs that have much to give and are ready to start their lives as Therapy Dogs. Canine Hope, Inc. also services Canine Hope All Breed Rescue as well as Canine Hope Therapy Dogs. We recognized the ones that were exceptional, special, loving, and that had a desire to give love and understanding to humans. We have taken those dogs and trained them. They have their CGC and are ready to enter Therapy Training with their new forever family. Their adoption fee comes with a scholarship for their new family to attend a "Therapy Training Weekend" at which time the team will become a certified Therapy Team in both AAA and AAT. These dogs are spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, heartworm free on preventive, microchipped, housetrained, cratetrained, obedience trained, socialized, and ready for their new family.
In the days ahead we will be featuring some of these special dogs. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we will happily send you an application for adoption. If you would like more information on our "Therapy Training Weekend" for rescues, please contact us for more information and as always if we can help you with information about our Therapy Program or Pet Therapy in general, contact us and we will be happy to give you any information.
Written by Tammara Josselyn
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