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セラピー犬として活躍する仲間達

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キースホンドのOoorah君(Ch. Wild Winds Semper Fi) 4歳はTherapy Dogs International(TDI)認定のセラピー犬なのだ。
セラピー犬達は色々な場所で活躍をしている。レスキューされた仲間達にも素質があると見なされた子達はカリキュラムを受けてセラピー犬として活躍している仲間も多い。

グラウンドゼロでも活躍したティクヴァちゃんはじめ、セラピードッグ達は傷ついた人々の心を温め、
立ち直るきっかけをも作ってくれるのかもしれない。
僕達は年をとっていようと、体が不自由だろうと、ボケてしまっても、そんなのは関係ない。
ただ、僕達を必要としている人の傍にいるだけのこと。

不思議なことに動物達を見ていると、心が和んだり、つい微笑みたくなったりする。
僕達は存在自体が癒しなのだ!え?僕は存在がお笑い系?よく言われます

バーリントンにある病院ではここ数年前から、セラピー犬を招いているそうなんです。患者さんだけではなく、職場環境にもとても重要な役割を果たしてくれているようです。僕達はじめ動物達にはセラピーを能力があるとドクター・獣医師・研究者の人達は信じていたみたい。
色々な研究からも多大なセラピー効果があるのは分かっているし、特に精神的においての大きな癒しの効果があるようなんだ。


Ooorah therapy dog

"あらあら・・・こんにちわ、ワンちゃん。とてもきれいな子だわね、なんていうワンちゃん?”
”Ooorah はキースホンドという犬種でスペルはK-E-E-S-H-O-N-D よ。”
Ooorah君が部屋に入ると、何年も会っていなかった孫を迎えるかのように、頬をピンク色に染めて
嬉しそうに出迎えてくれたそうです。


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I bet Keeshond can be a good therapy dog!

【To join TDI, you and your dog must first pass their TDI Evaluation given by a TDI Evaluator,
and then register with their organization.
For more information about this process, please click on the links to the left.】

(Feb. 2009)
BURLINGTON - Bernadette Lynch's face lit up as soon as the dog walked into her hospital room. The frail 74-year-old sat in a hospital gown, connected to an oxygen supply.

Lynch greeted the 4-year-old Keeshond, her quavering voice was filled with the kind of joy that might greet a beloved grandchild she hadn't seen in a while. A smile filled her face as soon as Ooorah got closer.

"Oh my goodness what is he. Hello … Hi … Oh look at him," Lynch said as she gently stroked the dog's fur. "I have three pugs. They don't look like this.

"He's beautiful. What kind of dog is he?" she asked Bonnie Hammond Brown, the dog's owner.

"Ooorah is a Keeshond. K-E-E-S-H-O-N-D," Hammond Brown said slowly.

Being in and out of the hospital, Lynch gets lonely for her three sassy pugs.

All the time away from home has meant time away from her dogs, Sweet pea, Jasmine and her little boy, Dandelion.

So, when the Honey Lake resident saw the big bundle of fur walking down the hallway past her room at Burlington Memorial Hospital, she knew she needed a visit.

In addition to lifting her spirits, Ooorah reminded Lynch of something she'd been missing, her own dogs.

Helping people feel at home

When Hammond Brown moved to Burlington three years ago with her husband and her dogs, the former elementary school teacher decided against returning to the classroom.

Hammond Brown, who had retired from the Air Force, instead turned to her Keeshonds.

Ooorah is licensed through Therapy Dogs International, one of the many organizations that regulates, tests and registers therapy dogs.

Hammond Brown knows what dogs can do for a person's state of mind. Shortly after moving to Burlington, her mother took ill and came from Pennsylvania to live with her. Having a therapy dog was her therapy. It gave Hammond Brown time away from worrying about her mother.

Having only done this for about a year, Hammond Brown quickly learned what therapy dogs can do for others.

"Somehow there is just something so special, when you're sick, to run your fingers through that fur and have that dog look up at you even though they don't know you," Hammond Brown said.

While it might not be considered a traditional prescription, doctors, veterinarians and researchers have long known about the therapeutic benefits of animals, especially dogs.

The hospital in Burlington has worked with therapy dogs for the past three years, said Andy Johnson, a spokesman for Aurora Healthcare. It works for patients as well as staff at the hospital, Johnson said. Other hospitals in Aurora have different pet therapy programs, Johnson said.

"It's part of our focus on patient-centered care. This is just another way of helping people to feel at home to help them to sort of get relaxed and get focused," Johnson said. "It's just something that people like. It calms them and puts them at ease as they come into the facility."

They're just there for people

Hammond Brown also volunteers with the Pet Pals Program at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison. The program is run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

Many studies have looked at the benefits of pet therapy for children and adults, said Linda Sullivan, a professor at the school and coordinator of the Pet Pals Program. They've been used to help returning veterans deal with emotional problems.

Therapy animals also have been found to help patients with heart disease recover more quickly, Sullivan said.

Therapy dogs are used in a variety of settings like nursing homes and hospitals where they will often just visit people in their rooms. They can help improve self-esteem and promote independence among older patients, Sullivan said.

"These animals don't care what you look like. They don't care if you're not as active as you used to be. They're just there for people," Sullivan said. "I think that's something that translates to kids too. They're not judgmental. They're just furry and snuggly."

Ooorah therapy dog

Ch. Wild Winds Semper Fi
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