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Thursday, February 3, 2011

THERAPY DOG PRESENTATION (STARRING WEASEL)

Stay N Play Pet Ranch’s Owner, Charlotte Biggs, Trainer, Laura Harvey with her Certified Therapy Dog Weasel, and Penny’s From Heaven Foundation Board Advisor, Leslie Cox, recently had the pleasure of sharing the tremendous work being done in our community by the Penny’s From Heaven Therapy Dog program. The presentation to the Dripping Springs Rotary was highlighted by Weasel, the undisputed star of the show, who was more than happy to show the “tricks” that she does for nursing home residents.

The Penny’s From Heaven Foundation’s Therapy Dog program allows owners, with their personal pets, to go through training to become Certified Therapy Dog Teams. This training is conducted at Stay N Play Pet Ranch with most of the classes being held at the Hill country Care Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Dripping Springs. Charlotte, Laura, and Leslie also shared information on the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation’s Train A Dog Save A Warrior (TADSAW) program. This program selects dogs from shelters, and trains them as Emotional Support Dogs for veteran’s suffering from (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PAWS Shelter and Humane Society has joined forces with the Penny’s From Heaven foundation and will be training the dogs that go through their tremendously successful Cell Dog program for the TADSAW program.

It is always a privilege to be able to share the life-changing work being done by the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation, and gratifying to see the interest generated. Our local business representatives in attendance requested additional information on how the business community, as well as individuals within the community, can help.

Certified Therapy Dog, Weasel, was the star of the show at the presentation to the Dripping Springs Rotary Club.