The Summer Olympics in Rio are not far away and it’s a stressful time for athletes as they prepare and aim to qualify for the competition.
In the United States, the swim team is using dogs to help manage the stress! A Havanese named Holly and a Goldendoodle named Larry are among the crew supporting the swimmers.
Read more in this New York Times article – US Swimmers Using Therapy Dogs to Relax Before Races
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
Say ‘therapy dog’ and most people will think of hospitals, rest homes, and mental health services. Some may also think about dogs supporting witnesses when they have their day in court….but now there’s a growing use of therapy dogs in funeral homes.
This video, from the Ballard-Durand funeral home in New York, promotes Lulu, a Goldendoodle, who can be booked on request for funeral services.
The loss of a loved one and funerals, in general, are times of great emotional stress. How nice it is that dogs are offering comfort in these situations and that they are being accepted by professional funeral directors.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
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