From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry, leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is proud to announce the launch of the AKC PupPals Program.
Whether it’s because they relieve boredom, raise depressed spirits, or provide that extra cuddle, therapy dogs are being proven to help kids beat cancer. They also help the families who are stressed out over their loved ones.
The study is being done by the American Humane Association at five children’s hospitals, paid for by Zoetis and The Pfizer Foundation.
The video highlights some of the successes they’ve had so far.
I have a friend who takes his dock-diving champion dog Thor to local elementary schools every week to help kids learn to read without the fear of a listener making fun of them when they stumble over words. One of his students told him that she brought her reading grade from a D to a B since reading to Thor.