Pawsitively Amazing: Pete the Therapy Dog

If you are a regular reader of the Daily Dog Tag, then you probably agree that dogs make life better.   Therapy pets make life significantly better for people, particularly during difficult times.    This happy-go-lucky guy is Pete and he is a therapy dog.    Thanks to Valerie & Co. Photographers for these great photos of Pete during his time off.  Due to confidentiality rules, I don’t have any pictures of Pete at work. But you can imagine what a difference he is making with the patients he meets!

Portuguese Water Dog-Therapy Dog

From Erica:  “Adorable Portuguese Water Dog, Pete, is named after the dog ‘Petey’ from the show Little Rascals. Like Petey, Pete is a friend to a lot of children! Pete is a part of the Medical University of South Carolina Pet Therapy Program at the children’s hospital. In addition to being Pete’s handler for pet therapy, Pennye also works as a vet tech at an animal medical center. They both very much love what they do!
Therapy Dog Identification, Portuguese Water DogAs a therapy dog, Pete helps with stress, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. Pete’s work meeting and greeting these young patients is considered animal assisted therapy and is very beneficial in the treatment to many children. He helps offer a sense of calm and compassion, can bring smiles, and provide comfort too, which he and his family feel is the most important part of the job. 
Dog catching Chuck It ball Portuguese Water Dog catching ball

When Pete is not working, his favorite thing to do is play a game of fetch with his orange and blue ‘Chuck It’ ball. If the family goes outside with that ball, Pete knows that means he gets to retrieve, and he’s very good at it!

White and black Water Portuguese Water Dog with orange ball dog with orange ball adorable Therapy Dog, Portuguese Water DogHe also likes strolling along the walking paths all around the family’s neighborhood, running in the green grassy areas, and splashing in the water fountains and the lakes. As you can imagine, he enjoys swimming and retrieving his toys! Pete and his family are so friendly, and their efforts to help others is fantastic! There are so many kids and families that love and appreciate the work they do. The hard working and hard playing pup, Pete, wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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From Pennye:  “Pete is the most enthusiastic dog I’ve ever met. He brings that to whatever he does and as a therapy dog adds love to patients, parents, and nurses.

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Therapy dogs are amazing in what they offer in the recovery and healing process.  These dogs are being used in many different venues and are wonderful tools to help in recovery on many levels.”

It is heartwarming to see therapy dogs used in hospitals, nursing homes, and classrooms.  We would love to read about your experiences with therapy pets!

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About Valerie & Co. Photographers:  Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Valerie & Co. specializes in wedding photography as well as family and pet portraits.

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Happy Tails: Arlow the Lab & Rugar the White Shepherd Mix

Celebrating a wedding anniversary with a photo session is a great idea, especially when you include the dogs!  Thanks to  Nashville photographer Mandy Whitley for these fun family photos. 

family photos, white shepherd mix, lab From Mandy:  “Kayla and Thomas celebrated their second year anniversary with a family photo session.  Their sweet pups are Rugar, (the 1.5-year-old white German Shepherd) and Arlow (a 6-month-old black lab).  We went to one of my favorite locations in Nashville – The Elmington Agriculture Center.”

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Engaging Tails: Bruce the English Bulldog

We are starting the week off with a great big English Bulldog smile!  Bruce just can’t help himself.  Thanks to Studio 623 for these pictures of Bruce and his family.

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Happy Weekend!  I just love the contemplative expression this guy has, and I wish I knew what he was thinking.   Thanks to Alice G Patterson Photography for the photo!

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You can see more of Alice’s photography by following her on Instagram.

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice is a lifestyle photographer dedicated to helping women succeed in their small business dreams that also specializes in dog photography.  Alice is taking her pet and commercial photography on the road this year, so be sure to sign up for her email list or send her an inquiry about your business and pet portrait needs.


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Happy Tails: Spark, Sasha, Chief, & Buddy

April showers bring May flowers. We have had lots of rain over the last week, so I am jumpstarting the flowers!  And since everything is better with dogs,   Corner House Photography has just the session with four retrievers. 

Yellow lab in yellow flowers , retrievers in field From Samantha:  “Bob and Gloria are very dear to my heart.  I first met the two during their intimate wedding at Bob’s home in The Villages.  I was so excited to hear from them when Bob asked me to capture their family portraits with their four pups.  We decided to meet up in Baldwin Park, which was the perfect spot for the dogs to run around.  Spark, Sasha, Chief, and Buddy had a blast posing for the camera among the wildflowers that were in bloom.   Continue reading

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