THERAPET THURSDAY – WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

“One of my favorite Therapet visits was a few years ago. We were on one of the ICU blocks and a nurse told us one patient had been there about a week and was unresponsive. We went into her room and she had several visitors. Tripp (a greyhound) put his head on the bed and we took the woman’s hand and placed it on his head. I started talking with one of the family members and wasn’t really paying attention to what was happening. It had been a couple minutes and one of the other visitors said ‘Oh my gosh!!! She’s moving her head!!’ The patient had moved her head to look at Tripp and had a tiny smile on her face. The nurses couldn’t believe it!
The patient acknowledged each of the other three Therapets who visited with her that day in some way. The doctor in the ICU said these animals were able to do in a few minutes what medical science hadn’t been able to do in a week. I still think about her and I’m so thankful to have been a part of that visit. It’s why we do what we do.” #therapetthursday #therapetaat #healingpaws #smallmiracles


THERAPET THURSDAY – A RELUCTANT PATIENT

A patient had been hospitalized for over a month and was tired of therapy. At first he didn’t really participate in pet therapy, but as time progressed he showed more of an interest. He now initiates grooming and petting of the dogs and his motor skills are much more improved and noticeable with the therapy animals. The Therapets have also brought comfort for him during his stay! #pettherapy #healingpaws #therapetthursday


THERAPET THURSDAY – RECENT REVIEW

After a visit to a local hospital, we had the following review posted on our timeline:
“Oh, how we needed those puppy smiles tonight! Thank you, Therapet, for sharing Rocky, Kirby, Buster, and Sophie with us! We were missing our brood of pups so your timing was impeccable!”
#therapetthursday #therapydog #healingpaws


THERAPET THURSDAY – UPLIFTED SPIRITS

At a recent visit, an ER Nurse caught the Therapet volunteers in the lobby before visitation. She got on the floor and hugged and loved the dogs and smiled and talked about what a rough day it was in the ER. She said she had shed tears several times throughout the day, but she was SO glad she had to stay late because she really needed to get some smiles and uplifted spirits before she went home. The staff just beamed with smiles as the dogs ministered to their hearts.
#therapetthursday #healingpaws #therapydog


THERAPET THURSDAY – CONNECTION

An ICU nurse requested that the Therapet teams visit one of her patients. She said that the patient was non-verbal, but she thought she would benefit from seeing the dogs. The volunteers observed that the patient would make and maintain eye contact for about 10 seconds at a time. When Henry, the second dog, came into the room, they tried to get the patient’s attention and told her several times that Henry was there. The patient made and held eye contact with Henry for about 15 seconds and then said, “Henry.” #therapetaat #chills #smallmiracles


THERAPET THURSDAY – ARE YOU READY FOR THE WEEKEND?

This Saturday, Therapet is the nonprofit selected by True Vine Brewing Company to benefit from their Open Taps event from 5 -9 pm. We hope you will stop by to try some local brews and to learn more about Therapet. If you haven’t been in the True Vine Backyard, it feels like you have gone to Austin without leaving Tyler! We hope you’ll come and hang out with us! #therapetthursday #opentaps


THERAPET THURSDAY – A GREAT WEEKEND


THERAPET THURSDAY – TEACHERS

What are teachers saying about Therapet? Here are a couple of comments teachers made during a recent visit to Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs:
“Having the Therapets come in, my students are able to achieve things they have not been able to before.”
“One of my students only walks while holding on to the wall, but when she walks a Therapet she forgets about holding the wall and walks perfectly.”
#therapetthursday #specialneeds #healingpaws #boshears


THERAPET THURSDAY: OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION

Part of Therapet’s mission is to spread the word to healthcare professionals and the community about the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy.
Several of our volunteers were honored to present at the Christus Mother Frances Leadership Development Institute on January 20, 2017. They spoke about utilizing specially trained and certified therapy animals to provide therapy services with patients. A big thank you to Karen Reed and Boone, Crystal Jones and Miss Texana, Bonnie Maywhort, Joy Shea and Swagger, and Teri Crawford for making it all happen. Many smiles and snuggles were shared with the 350 attendees!
#TherapetThursday #Therapetaat #HealingPaws


THERAPET THURSDAY – SOOTHING STUDENTS

Did you know that petting a dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure? It can also trigger the release of the bonding hormone oxytocin. At a recent visit to a special needs classroom, Therapets Abbie (pictured) and Concho were able to help soothe students, including one student who had been anxious and hyperactive for most of the day.
#therapetthursday #healingpaws #goldenretriever #specialneeds