The Awe and ‘Awww’ of Autism Service Dogs

By Elizabeth Geier, A boy walks through the crowded halls of his school tethered to a dog who helps him remain calm in the crowd, find the correct classroom, and get settled in his seat before class starts. A family enjoys dinner at a busy restaurant with a dog laying patiently at their child’s feet. A young woman sits in a chair with her head in her hands, rocking back and forth; her dog puts his front paws on her lap and applies deep pressure until her body releases tension and she is able to carry on with her day. These are … [Read more...]

Lola the Therapy Dog: Big Love in a Pint-sized Puppy Package!

Some things are just better with a dog by your side - like long walks, reading a book, or curling up in front of the TV. When I retired a few years ago, I was eager to slow down, and I figured I would know what I was supposed to do next when the time came. It happened during a quiet lunch with a friend over a discussion about meaningfully filling one’s time. She shared with me her favorite activity, which was visiting schools and summer camps with her black lab, Jake.  Jake is a therapy dog, and it sounded like Jake did all of the work while my … [Read more...]