Hi there, Bodie-dog here. So, I have a friend I’d like to tell you about…his name is Koda and he is a certified therapy dog.
Koda’s Mom, LeAnn provided fostering through the Paws With A Cause program and after that decided that she was looking for a “keeper dog.” Koda was looking for a fur-ever home. It was love at first sight. Koda got a good home and his Mama has the best dog ever.
What does it mean for Koda to be a therapy dog? Well, on top of his regular dog duties, like guarding the house when his Mama is gone, giving her lots of love and playing, he goes to people places and visits with them. His Mama says that he brings happiness and love to these people. He is just kind of cool that way.
A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with autism. Therapy dogs are usually not assistance or service dogs, but can be one or both with some organizations. – Wikipedia
West Michigan Therapy Dogs (www.wmtd.org) is where Koda was certified as a Therapy Dog. A dog has to meet particular criteria in order to be considered for this program along with various testing.
Koda is the best bud I could ever ask for. We go to the park with our Mamas. They talk and talk while we walk, sniff and chase squirrels.
As a therapy dog, Koda makes weekly visits to the Yorkshire Manor assisted living, monthly visits to Holland Home, and he also does a reading program at the Kent District Library – Plainfield Branch. Did I mention that Koda is smart too? I don’t read, but I do know when it’s dinnertime.
I give all therapy dogs a “two-paws-up” for the extra dog duties they take on and if they are all as cool as my friend, Koda then I say therapy dogs ROCK.
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