I have personally witnessed the magic of how people feel when they visit with Charlie. Experiencing complete, unconditional Love. No judgements, no rules, no boundaries, no blame. I have seen people awake out of their slumbers, to focus and smile at Charlie; I have seen sad eyes brighten when seeing Charlie's presence; I have heard inaudible people, speak clearly for the first time, when holding Charlie in their arms... "don't be afraid, it's ok, we won't hurt you".
Animal Assisted Therapy, truly is amazing. There is some sort of deep rooted connection, with which people identify, when petting or holding a little warm body. Somehow, it makes people feel human, alive, with a purpose.. There are certainly many scientific articles that support the power of touch and contact.
From: "Pawsitive Interaction": A Scientific Look at the Human-Animal Bond
“The companionship of animals decreases loneliness and stimulates conversation,” Beck says. “By encouraging touch and giving humans a sentient creature to care for, interaction with animals stimulates physical reactions that are very necessary and important in humans.” “Many times, pets give attention to a person who otherwise might not receive as much,” Beck says. “They stimulate exercise, encourage laughter, and facilitate social contact,” he explains. “These benefits add up to an improved sense of well being.”
Animals make people feel important. Pet Facilitated Therapy increases that ten fold. I am so happy to be able to share Charlie's therapy gift of love, contact, kisses and touch. He makes everyone's day better :)
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Naidra Dawn thomson
Naidra's passion in animal welfare, particularly in regards to rescue with shelter dogs, inspired her to adopt Charlie. Realizing what a gentle loving soul he was, Naidra knew she had to train him to become a therapy dog. Now certified as a "Canine Good Citizen", Charlie is a natural emotional support dog to those who require comfort and he travels where needed.