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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Dog Therapy for Students
Tonight, Gio and I and another therapy dog team from the city went to visit a group of students on campus. The local university has a couple of off-campus student residences, full of individual students living in group dorms and adult foreign students with their spouses and children living in small apartments. Many of the students are away from home, living in residence for upwards of 4 years as they earn their degrees. For foreign students, or even those from out of town, it can be lonely and difficult living away from their families. Especially around the Christmas season. We were invited to put on a little show and visit with some of the students, and with finals in full swing many of them appreciated the study break!
There was a pretty good turn out, a couple of the resident couples and their small children came to play with the dogs, and a few younger university students came for a visit as well. Gio and his therapy buddy, Gina the Miniature Poodle, loved all of the attention and enjoyed showing off their tricks. They have one duo trick that is always a crowd pleaser. I put Gio in a stand-stay while Gina jumps over him and springs off of his back a couple times, ending with a dash underneath his belly.
But, of course, it's all about the cuddles and bum-scratches in the end.
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