Sometimes human-people ask me, “Sophie, how do you know that you are very good as a therapy dog for humans?” I know this because I practice a lot. I also know this because people smile when they get therapies from me. I also know this because some human-people don’t ask questions; they say that I am a very good therapy dog for humans.
Today, I am practicing with Sandy at the Sunrise Senior Living Center just around the corner from Smile TV. It is a very close place to where I do my smile dog job, so it is very easy to go make smiles on the senior citizens.
It does feel good to come back to senior citizen houses, because I know there will be smiles and treats. Senior citizens like to say, “Hello, Sophie,” and “Good girl,” and “Nice kitty,” which are all very good things to say especially when they give me treats.
I visited a special neighborhood for senior citizens who don’t remember things very well. They ask me to do lots of tricks over and over again so they can keep on smiling over and over again. I like their smiles and their treats over and over again. It makes me smile.
These special senior citizens like to see my face. I think it reminds them that they like dogs, which is very good for memory. I like to see their faces too, because they are happy to see me.
This nice lady was so reminded of my face that she wanted to kiss it. Kiss it she did, and I kissed hers too. I think she had something very delicious for breakfast when I licked it off her face.
What the senior citizens like most of all is when I do tricks with Sandy, like my famous “Sleepy Dog” routine. They really enjoy and laugh when I do that.
This nice man wanted to make sure I had a home, so he looked at my collar. I do have a home with Sandy and Smile TV, but I am glad that this nice man checked. Lots of dogs like me still need good homes like I have.
It is great to be a very good therapy dog for humans, but sometimes I can get a little tired about walking and doing tricks. So I met Kay-on-the-Couch and sat down with Kay-on-the-Couch to rest. Sandy was worried that I was too heavy, but Kay-on-the-Couch did not want me to move from my very comfortable therapy dog position.
She did not mind one bit.
Before I left, I invited myself to lunch, and all the senior citizens were very happy to see me at lunch. They did not let me eat from the plates, but I got to clean their floor because very good therapy dogs for humans who visit assisted living facilities clean floors very well.
Have you ever been to see senior citizens and give them therapies? Tell me all about it by leaving a comment below or sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.