Rescue dogs got a new chance at life and now devote
themselves to making life better for their people.
St. Joseph in the Pines Therapy dog
International Chapter received the NC Governor’s Award of
Excellence in Volunteerism on Monday, November 1, 2010.
Chapter logged 1700 hours at various St. Joseph facilities in the Pinehurst,
NC area for the last physical year. There are 17 dog and canine units in the
Therapy Dog Chapter and more than 50% of the dogs are RESCUES. Of course the
actual award goes to the handlers but we all know the dogs are the true
I bring this story to your attention because of the number of rescue dogs
that are fulfilling such important duties and completing therapy dog
training. It’s as though having received another chance at life, these dogs
work harder and care more about improving the quality of life for people.
One of the owners has 3 rescue Springers; 2 are in the therapy dog program,
the third is in training. There are 2 poodles in the program. One is a Toy
rescue from The Poodle Case (ref #1) a
few years ago. For security reasons, I am not allowed to give any pictures
or names, but let me say that I groom the toy rescue and fostered the dog,
and he/she is the darling of the over-seventy five set!
For a little dog to have come to me so fearful, un-housebroken, and in poor
health, that poodle is the embodiment of health and happiness today. And as
a great therapy dog, he/she brings better health and happiness to the
are a number of Labs and Lab mixes, a lovely blind Bichon who lost his sight
to Sudden Retinal Blindness, but who enjoys carrying on his therapy dog
duties despite his own disability. There was a lovely little Min Pin,
several Shih Tzu or Lasha mixes, and an agility Dachshund in the group, plus
2 Dobermans rescued by the therapy coordinator herself.
Unfortunately, just days after the Award ceremony, the Volunteer coordinator
for St Joseph’s was let go with other staff due to huge budget cuts.
The therapy dog program may survive, or it may not, and this is the utter
shame of volunteer work. In this case, without Therapy Dogs International or
another organization, no one individual could afford the insurance to do
this kind of volunteer work. No one person could keep up with the reports,
the training and therapy dog assignments outside of the training
environment. It is imperative to have someone inside that can keep abreast
of an individual’s need for visitation.
Just as the Reading dog program provides an ear that does not condemn a
child for lack of confidence in reading abilities, the nursing and hospice
programs offer a loving warm body to cuddle with. It is a scientific fact
that petting an animal will bring blood pressure down, reduce stress, and in
some cases reduce pain while providing mental stimulation to the elderly and
in the case of Hospice, comfort to dying patients.
So a hearty CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the recipients of the NC
Governors awards this year.
Well, as of January, a few members have dropped out, but the therapy dog
program is continuing...
If you are in the Pinehurst NC area or work with Therapy Dogs International
or have connections with the Governor’s office, we could sure use some help!
I can be reached at
Poodle1949@gmail.com or call
~ Vicki Haywood
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My Miniature Poodle Breeding Program
by Vickie Haywood
History of the Poodle
of many virtues and many talents.
Poodle Tragedy in NC
Collecting Animals out of love turns wrong.
Poodle Rescue Results
after all the treatments, the last dog gets a family.