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Magic Award

Posted on January 10, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, I had the honor of being named the 2018 recipient of the Pet Partners 2018 Magic Award Winner.  I'm still wrapping my head around this honor and realized that I've been spending so much time as the admin of the Facebook Group - School Therapy Dogs - that this website isn't as useful as I would like it to be.  If you are an education professional or a therapy dog volunteer handler, please consider joining the School Therapy Dogs group.  We now have thousands of educat...

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Concerning Trends

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I attended a conference yesterday titled Animal Assisted Interventions.  The speaker travels across the United States and has an impressive resume.  There was substantial data on the history of the human-animal bond and founders of this type of work.  However, the section titled "starting your own practice" had no comments on the ethical treatment of the animals we work with.  There was no mention of knowing your dog's stress signals.  No mention of taking the animals...

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Happy New Year 2016

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Years!  

It's been one of my busiest years to date with signficant ups and downs.  I'm looking forward to things calming down in 2016.  My goal is to spend some more time on this site with current updates and blogs; along with a few other projects I've been working on. 

My focus in the past 16 months has been focusing on trauma in kids/adolescents and how the human-animal bond can impact their functioning. I've been looking more closely at the impact ...

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New School Year

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Copper has had a great start to the new school year.  We followed our protocols of having him come in before school started to get him acclimated to classroom changes and to meet new staff.  He didn't come to school for the first 7 days because I wanted to review our student behavior expections with all our kids.  Guests to our building continue to be impressed that all our students ask to pet Copper before reaching down and giving him a scratch under the chin.  I've also ...

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Torn ACL

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The news from the vet isn't good.  Copper has a torn ACL.  I've got a plan for when Copper gets older and needs to retire but I haven't thought through this scenero.  The vet stated that he could still come to school but I've been extremely cautious.  If he is in pain, he doesn't need to be working.  His medication seems to be working well.  He wants to play "chase" with me is engaging me with his typical toys.  

Here are some things I am considering.

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Big Thompson Flood

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a very busy month.  Copper has been working at school and also with HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response.  They are a world-class organization with a strong volunteer base, excellent teams and an intensive training program.  Copper and I visited a local high school to visit primarly with students who were severely impacted by the flooding.  We also went on a visit to the Red Cross Headquarters established to support flood victims.  It was a wonderful oppor...

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Back to School

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Copper has been a school several times this summer working with a small group of awesome 2nd graders.  The school is different now.  The students are not back in the building yet but the classrooms have been deep-cleaned, teachers have moved into different rooms, new teachers have brought their materials in and the hallways are starting to fill with color.  

This is the ideal time to bring Copper back into the building.  It gives him a chance to see and smell the cha...

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