For many years, I brought my previous Italian Greyhound into therapy and he became very important to many of the people "we" worked with. After he died, I knew in the future I'd want to adopt and train another "canine co-therapist" to join me. In November 2012, I got another tiny Italian Greyhound girl, Charlotte, who is about 12 pounds now, who accompanies me to the office most of the time. She has already warmed the hearts of many, and maybe as important as her connections with others, is that she keeps the therapist smiling and relaxed, in general! She sleeps through most of the day, but typically after bounding out to greet people in the waiting room when it is time for their appointment.
I have sought out professional training/continuing education about using pets in therapy.
I have helped many individuals struggling with grief about the loss of a beloved pet. Our relationships with our animals can be some of the most important ones in our lives.
"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George Eliot
"All of the animals except for man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it." - Samuel Butler