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Therapy Dogs Provide Comfort in Difficult Times
Often called “man’s best friend,” dogs can have a special place in a person’s heart. They are non-judgmental and sensitive to a person’s feelings. These are especially noble and helpful traits that dogs are happy to share with people in emotional situations.
Therapy dogs are specially-trained dogs who usually go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. They are non-threatening and loving and warm, and, in a sense, are good listeners.
Studies show that interacting with therapy dogs provides both physical and emotional benefits to humans and dogs alike. Certified therapy dogs are becoming part of a total holistic approach to healing.
A therapy dog is unlike a service dog in significant ways. Service dogs, as their name suggests, provide services for their handler, such as guiding the blind and helping with other disabilities. They enjoy public access rights that therapy dogs do not.
Meet Sammy. Sammy, a certified comfort dog, is part of the Stephens Funeral Home family. When people see Sammy at the funeral home, their mood changes immediately. Sammy has the amazing ability to put people at ease, even during a very emotional situation.
Sammy has provided comfort to a wide range of people, including children and adults. Please feel free to stop by and meet him if you are in the area! Sammy will be sure to comfort you and put a smile on your face!