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!
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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


THERAPET THURSDAY – NEW VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!

Spreading smiles and connecting people through the healing power of animals is something Therapet excels at! At a recent visit to Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, a founding Therapet member who has been with the organization since 1994 volunteered with a new Therapet team. We are so thankful that our volunteers welcome all into Therapet to share a common goal!
If you are interested in helping spread health, hope and happiness in the East Texas area, please email info@therapet.org for more information. We have a volunteer orientation scheduled this evening from 6-8 pm at Green Acres Baptist Church, Lighthouse Building, room 361 and an orientation scheduled on Saturday, February 18 from 2-4 pm at our Therapet Training Center, 225 E. Amherst, Ste 200, Tyler, TX 75701.
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THERAPET THURSDAY – 2016 IN PICTURES

For our first Therapet Thursday of 2017, we hope you enjoy this video summary of 2016! Happy New Year!
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Therapet 2016 in Review


THERAPET THURSDAY – THANK YOU

2016 was a great year for Therapet! We would like to thank our volunteers and supporters for spreading health, hope and happiness to those in need. Thank you for volunteering your time and serving others! #therapetthursday #healingpaws #giveback


THERAPET THURSDAY – SANTA’S ELVES

Santa’s elves were out at Boshears on Thursday delivering gifts and smiles to all. Concho was our Santa Paws with his big heart and sweet demeanor, Daisy Duke was Miss Paws with her “bright lights” and sassy skirt, Kirby sported his Santa Tie and was very dapper and Boone was the elf that couldn’t stop wagging. The students and staff loved the “Holiday Cheer” that we spread. Lots of snuggles, walking and smiles were had by all. Thanks to all our volunteers that make our visits possible!
A special thanks to Mike Esterabadi and PetSmart – Tyler for donating the “Chance & Lucky” stuffed animals to be passed out to the students.


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THERAPET THURSDAY – A VERY SPECIAL VISIT

Therapy animals can be a wonderful aid in making a connection to others. We recently received a request from a State Hospital to visit a patient who was having difficulty engaging with his treatment team. The visit would be considered a success if we saw one smile from the patient. After a special visit with a Therapet team, he began to interact with others, asking questions about the dogs and sharing tidbits of information about his family. It was the most engaged the treatment team had seen him act since his arrival. When asked if he would like to have Therapet visit again, he replied “Yes” with a big, excited smile.
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THERAPET THURSDAY – CHRISTMAS CONNECTIONS

Every year, Therapet visits Breckenridge Village of Tyler for their Christmas in the Village program. During our visit, a little girl came up and began to pet several of the Therapets. She started talking to a volunteer about her stuffed animals and showed us her newest toy that she needed to name. Nothing seemed unusual until the aunt explained that the little girl very rarely spoke at all and couldn’t wait for the girl’s mother to arrive to hear her. It’s always heartwarming to see how Therapet encourages people to connect.
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