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