Oh man. Oh man. I love being a dog. Especially one that’s also a licensed therapist. I get to meet so many great people, and I love people so that’s really great.
Yep, that says “certified dog therapist,” and it’s no joke. I really am totally officially certified! I went to a doggy school and I got a doggy certificate and a doggy ID and my cool doggy therapy uniform, and I even attended a doggy graduation!
So yeah, trust me: I have all the necessary doggy qualifications. Don’t you worry about a thing because I am a professional.
Why does the world need doggy therapists, you ask? Let me answer that question with FACTS!!
This is all stuff I learned at therapy dog school:
In World War II, there was a soldier named Corporal William Wynne and he found a tiny Yorkshire Terrier dog on the battlefield one day. He named it Smoky and later when Wynne got a disease and had to go to the hospital Smoky was there and she was really helpful with making him feel better, and also all the other injured soldiers felt a lot better when she was around because she was so nice and well-behaved and fun and stuff. A lot of people and dogs (including me) believe that Smoky was the dog that would found the profession of therapy dog, and it’s thanks to her bravery that I have a job now! I mean, besides the one at Smile TV, where I am the resident dog.
Nowadays, therapy is a really common profession amongst us dogs. Even uncertified dogs just kind of do it just by existing! It’s in our nature to be comforting. We enjoy being petted and smiled at and stuff, and the people get really happy because dogs are great. Besides the mood benefit, therapy dogs are known to lower blood pressure and relieve stress, and also perform great as buddies towards people who need buddies, for confidence and stuff!
So what I usually do is go around to hospitals and assisted living homes and stuff (we’ll cover that in another blog, do not worry, reader friends), but sometimes (especially during finals week) I also go to colleges, because college students often get stressed out from too much learning and working hard for tests and eating ramen or whatever human students do. So dogs are here to help!! And I’m really good at being a helpful dog, so they always call me in. They’re like:
“Sophie, please come in! The college students need you”
And I’m like:
“Okay, friend! I am coming!”
And I put on my special uniform and I’m ON MY WAY.
Sandy comes too, of course, because she likes to follow me places. I don’t really know why. I mean I’d love to just run to places, but she insists on driving. Oh well, it gets me there faster I guess. Less fun, though.
Here I am with my college friends! Some of them, anyway. I met a WHOLE BUNCH of really great and fun college people and they all were petting me and it was so great, just like this:
Wowee, look how happy I am. Look at that happy pup over there. It’s me! I’m the pup.
During finals week, these students are at their most stressed. So they usually call me in around this time, and they’re pretty grateful to see me. Usually at the hospitals and stuff I hang out with the people and we talk and maybe read some stuff (the little kids like that too) but with these college kids they just wanna pet me a whole bunch and they talk to me too but it’s like they NEVER STOP, in a really good way! It’s like they’ve never touched a dog before! I don’t mind, you know I love being petted.
I also like these guys because it reminds me of my days at school…learning to be a helpful therapy dog…aah, good times. This takes me back.
Hey, you probably want to see another picture, right? I know I would.
Like I said earlier, I don’t just do colleges. I also go to hospitals and other places where there are sick people so I can help them, just like my idol, Smoky. Unfortunately, I have to go now, but I’ll tell you all about that stuff next week! Until then, here’s one last picture of me hanging out with my college friends! See you!