My Dog The Therapist: Happy National Therapy Animal Day!

Today is National Therapy Animal Day, a day to honor animals that provide comfort and emotional healing to people in need.  This day is particularly near and dear to my heart since my Husky, Icy and I are a Pet Partners Therapy Dog team.

National Therapy Animal Day was created by Pet Partners to recognize all of the exceptional therapy animals who partner with their human companions to bring comfort and healing to those in need. Therapy animals can be dogs, cats, birds, horses, and many other kinds of animals.  Therapy animal teams help people of all ages in a variety of different settings including libraries, hospitals, schools, and nursing homes.

Icy and I, with her wearing her purple Therapy Dog vest & me wearing my purple shirt; we match!  But no, that wasn't intentional, just a happy coincidence LOL!

National Therapy Animal Day serves to:

 * Recognize and honor therapy animals

* Raise awareness and educate the public about the role therapy animals play in enhancing the health and well being of humans 

* Honor the thousands of dedicated handlers (the human half of a therapy animal team) who volunteer their time and compassion during visits

As you can see, Icy thoroughly enjoys the children's reading program at the library!
Today I celebrate my darling Therapy Dog, Icy who loves everyone she meets and makes people smile even when they're going through very tough times.  Today will be all about her!  First up is a long desert hike, followed by a puppuccino at Starbucks!  What's a puppuccino you ask?  It's a small cup of whipped cream!  It's one of Icy's favorite treats. 

Thank you Icy, my sweet girl, for volunteering side by side with me to help others.  It's the most rewarding thing I've ever had the pleasure of doing, and I couldn't do it without you!  I love you to the moon and back!!

I like that story, can you read it to me again?!

To read more about the Therapy Dog work Icy and I do together, check out these posts:

Why Children Should Read Out Loud To Dogs
Find great animal therapy pins on my Pinterest board, Therapy Dogs Are Angels With Paws 

Have you or someone you love ever been touched by a Therapy Dog angel?  Please leave us a comment and share!  We always love hearing from you!


Groovy Goldendoodles said...

I had no idea - from one therapy team to another, thank you so much for taking the time to share both yourself and your pet with so many people whose day you brighten up.

Unknown said...

Amazing post, we loved it. What a brilliant thing to do. Pets really can - and do for definite - have that magical effect on so many souls.

Unknown said...

Your love for Isis and what you both do together as a team is heartwarming. Enjoy the day and we thank you both for helping others in such a meaningful way.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Bet you make lots of people happy
Lily & Edward

Unknown said...

Celebrating you today and everyday! Therapy dogs are a gift to so many!

M. K. Clinton said...

I love that you help so many people by sharing your lovely Isis. I'd like to be able to do that one day.

The Daily Pip said...

Cheers to you and Isis! It sounds like you do wonderful work and make a terrific team. I'm hoping that Ruby and I can become a therapy team some day. It's something I've always wanted to do.

JoAnn Stancer said...

Thank you for all that you and Isis do during your therapy visits. I didn't know that today was national therapy animal day. I am marking it on the calendar as we do therapy work also.

Jackie Bouchard said...

That's so great that you guys volunteer your time that way. It must be very rewarding and I'm sure the people you help love to see Isis. Hooray for you guys making such a great therapy team!

Unknown said...

Aw this is just so beautiful! I love the work that you do!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks to you as well for your Therapy Dog work! We spoiled our dog a little extra all day yesterday, she's the important half of this team! Thanks for much for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks so much, I really appreciate that! They sure do have a magical effect on people, I see it time & again. Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Oh, thank you so much for your kind & thoughtful words, it really does warm my soul to do this work. Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Yes, it's Isis that does all the happy-making I'm just her human! People respond to her so well, especially kids. Thanks for stopping by Lily & Edward!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thank you so much! I agree, Therapy Dogs are a great gift and joy. Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Aww, thank you M.K. I'll bet Bentley would make a great Therapy Dog and you an awesome handler! Give it a try! Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it. You should definitely try it, it's so much fun & so rewarding. I wanted to do it for a long time myself and finally got my chance w/ Isis. Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

So great that you do therapy work as well! This special day was started by Pet Partners which is who we are registered with as a therapy team. I'd love to hear about the work you do as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

It is super rewarding, we love it! She really has a great effect on people. Not only do the people she helps love to see her but wherever we go the staff can't wait to see her too! Thanks for stopping by Jackie!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thank you so much Jenna, you are so sweet! We loving working as a therapy team, it really is rewarding. Thanks for stopping by today !

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