Today’s assignment for Blogging 101 is to create a post inspired by the blogs that I visited and left comments on yesterday. I really enjoy reading about service dogs and their families and the two blogs that inspired me were:
http://assistancedogemma.wordpress.com which is an informative and entertaining blog, written in the “first dog” by an assistance labradoodle named Emma.
http://keyofcantc.wordpress.com which is written by a blind young lady named Gabriella about life with her brand new guide dog, Freesia.
My yellow lab, Gabby, and I do pet assisted therapy with and organization called Furry Friends. We just began visiting a new site, Ronald McDonald House, near Stanford University Hospital.
Our first visit was this past Tuesday. We gathered with six other dogs and their owners in a large common room and were soon surrounded by children. Some of the children were patients and some were the siblings of patients, as whole families stay at Ronald McDonald house when a very ill child in the family is being treated at Stanford.
I was very proud of Gabby, as she sometimes is uncomfortable around other dogs. Her behavior was perfect! The children love the dogs (three labs, two goldens, one Newfoundland and one small terrier). They pet them, snuggle with them, go out for a walk and ask lots of questions. Many of them have pets at home who they miss. These visits take their minds off of their often long and painful treatment or their sick brother or sister.
Our hour at Ronald McDonald house flew by and Gabby and I can’t wait to go back nest month.