Conneaut Lake Bark Park
Paws Hand Delivered THERAPY DOGS
Paws Hand Delivered (“PHD”) began in 1995 with just four canine-therapy teams. Currently there are over 75 registered therapy dogs working with 65 owner/handlers throughout the community.
PHD provides services to local nursing homes, retirement communities, memory support programs, the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Center and many other local organizations.
There are many additional ways we can provide companionship to individuals in the community in addition to nursing home visits. We presently work with library reading programs, services to autistic and special needs students and companionship to adult dependent individuals.
PHD evaluates, tests, qualifies and supports therapy dogs for the purpose of giving loving and empathic support in nursing homes, hospitals, schools and other facilities.
PHD is committed to sharing the love and joy their dogs bring with those, who for reasons beyond their control, can no longer have a dog of their own. PHD brings the health benefits and unconditional love and joy only a dog can bring to their doorsteps.
Our Paws Hand Delivered teams receive assessment, instruction and qualification from certified testers working with the Conneaut Lake Bark Park. Therapy Dogs, Inc. (www.therapydogs.com) provides the registration and insurance support required to ensure the continued success of canine assisted therapy locally and across the country. Together, the Conneaut Lake Bark Park and Paws Hand Delivered strive to satisfy the growing demand in our area from organizations that value this precious gift and community service. Our goal is to have enough qualified teams that we never have to deny a visit request for lack of an available team.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a registered canine therapy team contact:
Sue Anderson 814-671=2809
April 10th we welcomed four new dogs who have started on their way to becoming Therapy Dogs by passing their first, in a series of evaluations, enroute to becoming fully certified Therapy Dogs. Welcome Cocoa, Hope, Loco and Delilah, and your owners.
The Therapy Dogs are BACK ON THE JOB! Tuesday, June 8th marked the beginning of the Re-Boot of the Therapy Dogs regularly scheduled visits. Cosmo and Mr. Parker had the honor of opening the program when they visited the Meadville Library for Tales That Wag. They brought along their "Leashmates" so Becky and Rita could get back into the routine. It was hard to tell who enjoyed the visit more, the dogs or the Library staff. One thing that we hope is that the word gets out to the children of the Meadville area. We sure could have used more young visitors telling stories to our canine workers. The dogs sure wanted to see more kids! Next week, once the schools are out for the summer we hope to have a lot more story tellers for the dogs to entertain. The program will continue every Tuesday from 10:00 AM till 11:00 until the schools start back in session in the fall. Maybe your Therapy Dog would like to join this fun activity.
Paws Hand Delivered the local pet therapy group will be testing possible therapy dogs and their handlers on Saturday, September 25th at the Dog House at the Bark Park. To be tested, a
dog must be at least one year of age, and the handler must own or have had a close relationship with the dog for a minimum of six months before testing. For additional information, visit the website for Alliance of Therapy Dogs and follow the directions prior to testing.
For general information on registered therapy dogs and preparing for the testing procedure, contact Sue at
(814) 671-2809. Leave a message if necessary. You will need to schedule a definite appointment time for the testing on September 25th.
Rita, Mr. Parker, a Librarian Cosmo and Becky were all enjoying the summer weather outside the Library in the shade of the Gazebo with Mill Run gurgling in the background waiting for the first children to arrive.