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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