‘Lexie’ a Labrador, golden retriever mix, helps with the digging at the ceremonial ground breaking for the new Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals facility in the Algiers area of New Orleans on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. Behind ‘Lexie’ are SPCA executive director Laura Maloney, Cleland Powell, Allen Eskew, Stephanie Prunty, and Paula Cannon. The SPCA’s facility was heavily damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ‘Lexie’ is available for adoption. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Author, Arthur Vanderbilt, says: “For the Golden Retriever, the bond with people runs deep, to the depth of his soul.” In this same vein, we believe that there are five unique reasons that Goldens, in particular, are used more often in Animal-Assisted Therapy and Animal-Assisted Activities.
Let us know if you agree with these Golden characteristics that seem inexplicably tied to their success. Just check out our Five Golden Rings and then share your comments here.
Dogs Deliver own Form of Therapy
By Belinda Ostrowski, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Some dogs offer their friendship to more people than can be counted. They may not be there every day, but those who love them share the same loyalty pet owners boast about.
They’re therapy dogs, and they’re trained to visit others, such as seniors in assisted living programs or children living in shelters. They know how to respond to a multitude of situations that could arise in a roomful of people, such as pushing, grabbing or loud noises.
Bella Vista resident Pat Barber brings her golden retriever Micah to Highlands Health Care and Concordia Care at least once a week.
She watches him enter a room, walk over to residents and put his head in their laps.
“ It’s a blessing for me, let alone for the people, ” she said.