Therapy Pet Visits

August 26, 2020

Belly rubs, head scratches and smiles were in abundance during a recent shift change at UT Health Tyler, as caregivers coming on or off duty stopped to interact with Therapet dogs, who lined the hallway of the hospital’s skywalk.

“Nowadays it’s really stressful, so it’s great to see dogs,” said Ashley Meador, occupational therapy assistant, as she stopped to pet one of the therapy dogs after her shift ended. “I really want a dog, so it made all the difference.”

Therapet partners with UT Health East Texas to serve patients on a regular basis. However, when those visits ceased because of COVID-19, Therapet Executive Director Elysia Reineck said they tried to get creative in how to provide assistance.

“Both the human volunteers and the dogs, they very much miss the interaction,” Reineck said. “We are grateful to the amazing employees of UT Health East Texas for the long and stressful hours they’ve put in over the past few months to help keep our community stay safe and well. We’re excited to have the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ in person and provide some hugs from the Therapet dogs.”

Cassie Anderson, UT Health Tyler’s director of volunteers and patient logistics, said Therapet’s visits have been missed during the COVID restrictions, so the recent visit was “a great opportunity for them to do what they do best, and for our caregivers to have a bit of a respite from the stresses of working in healthcare during this trying time.”

Donna Atwood, director of outpatient surgery, said the visit was a great mood booster at the end of a long shift.

“I feel so supported and it’s just a wonderful opportunity to be able to literally have access to something that’s therapeutic, and we know the facility is supporting us,” Atwood said.

  • Most Recent News

    Oscar The Blind Dog

    November 25, 2020

    In the weeks leading up to a heated presidential election, another close race played out that had dog lovers across the country faithfully voting online every 24 hours for their favorite furry friends. For four weeks, from Sept. 10 to Oct. 9, nearly 1 million votes were cast in Garden & Gun magazine’s Good Dog […]

    Read more

    Genius Dog Challenge

    November 25, 2020

    Six dogs are competing to become the world’s smartest dog – a title reserved for the pooch that learns words the fastest. Shany Dror is a driving force behind the Genius Dog Challenge, which is live streamed on Facebook and YouTube every week until December 16, when the winner will be announced. The canine challenge […]

    Read more

    Finding Homes For Dogs

    November 25, 2020

    Adoptable Animal Rescue Force gives back to the community by finding the right homes for dogs. We’ve been a Teller County nonprofit, no-kill rescue since 1999. Social networking has allowed us to expand our services in recent years to include dogs coming in from high kill shelters in New Mexico and Texas. There are times […]

    Read more

    Service Dog Retiring

    November 25, 2020

    Talking to police or giving testimony at a courthouse, can be a scary experience for many. Since 2014, service dogs have been allowed in the courtroom to provide emotional support for those in need. For Emery Baert, having Madison with her made a huge difference. “If she wasn’t there, to this day, I wouldn’t know […]

    Read more

    A Shelter Dog's Life

    November 25, 2020

    The sound of paws and claws precedes Isabella’s entrance. She bursts out of the Worcester Animal Rescue League’s front door, dragging Sara McClure, WARL’s dog program coordinator, behind her. McClure has two hands on Izzy’s bright red leash as the pit bull mix comes barreling into the parking lot. McClure motions for me to take […]

    Read more

    Veterans Court Therapy Dog

    November 25, 2020

    Howard County Superior Court II Judge Brant Parry stood in his courtroom last week and looked around like he had lost something. “You want to see her?” he asked, still looking around the mostly empty room. A few moments later, a brown fluff of fur came bounding through an open back door, prompting instant smiles […]

    Read more

    Painted Paws Helps Veterans

    November 25, 2020

    When Tyler Warrick came home from serving in the Iraq war, he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. “My little dog, Moose, gave me a purpose to get up every day and deal with life,” he says. That was the genesis of Painted Paws for Veterans, a nonprofit operating in Peyton that rescues dogs from […]

    Read more

    CK Police Dog

    November 25, 2020

    A police dog with the Chatham-Kent Police Service and his handler are being praised for their work over the past seven years, which has resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of illicit drugs. K9 Officer Arry and Constable Rick Bertok received an official citation from the Chatham-Kent Police […]

    Read more

    Three-legged Therapy Dog

    November 25, 2020

    We here at NEWS CENTER Maine met Lucky at the start of 2019. Army veteran Christy Gardner was training him to be a therapy dog, and she brought him by the news station, while he was training with her older service dog, Moxie. Lucky was born a little different, with a right paw that didn’t […]

    Read more

    Dog Therapy

    November 25, 2020

    Holiday House Pet Resort and Training Center donated $1,020 to the nonprofit therapy dog organization Angel On A Leash. The funds were raised during the pet facility’s annual Halloween fundraiser taking portraits of dogs in costumes. Proceeds were earmarked for AOAL’s day-to-day expenses to support the work by volunteers with their therapy dogs — called champion teams […]

    Read more

    More Recent News